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2 Cats is on the move! Just kidding, this terrific breakfast nook / art cafe has been in the same spot for eight years now...

Today’s plan was wary of the weather, forecast to be somewhat rainy.  But dawn opened the day with a sunny start, so Kim and I walked down to 2 Cats for breakfast.  This is a wonderful breakfast nook and art shop we stumbled during our last visit ten years ago.  We wanted to return but couldn’t pinpoint the location and feared our brains were going soft.  Had to reference some tourist materials to score the address and the place looked different though the food and vibe registered with our ancient brain cells.  Fortunately our waitress rescued us with news that they had moved about a mile eight years ago from outer Main Street to their current digs at the northern end of Cottage Street (just a couple blocks from our hotel).

 

Scored a “to go” breakfast for Spencer and while she was chowing down back at the manor we decided to beat feet while the weather remained fair.

Misty morning in Acadia
  Back to the park and this time we went through the main gate for a park pass (one week is only $10 for you car) and tooled down the Park’s famous Loop Road.  Once again the memories flooded back and we couldn’t hold back the smiles glimpsing mountains, mighty pine forests and the sea – this really is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

 

But the sunny window was rapidly closing before our eyes as a sea mist rolled its blanket across our landscape.  Despite cloaking any panoramic views, the fog created a mysterious splendor which was wonderfully unusual.  We ducked into Sand Beach because one of the trails we wanted to try started there, but the fog hung so heavy we were standing on the sand and couldn’t even see the sea!  It was kind of neat to experience the shoreline deprived of sight:  the cool temperature and soggy air was bracing against our skin, our inhaled breaths were perfumed with salt and our ears rang with the rather violent crashing of waves beyond our vision.

Can you feel the cool mist on your skin???

 

As nice as this was it clearly precluded hiking a trail skirting sea cliffs (well, with our daughter along anyway), so we opted to go the other direction along the Ocean Trail.  The Ocean Trail is as easy as trails go and runs adjacent to the Loop Road between Sand Beach and Otter Point, so the fog didn’t complicate anything.  We ventured as far as Thunder Hole to introduce Spencer to another feature of Acadia.  Of course her interest was focused on the sign for “Thunder Hole Restrooms” which she recalled from one of her “Funny Sign” books.

 

The tide was in so Thunder Hole wasn’t putting on a show (a lot of folks try to be here at high tide assuming the name comes from crashing waves, but it is the rumbling of granite chunks on the ocean floor you hear a couple hours before the tide starts coming back in that creates the thunder).

Along the Ocean Trail to Thunder Hole
  Nonetheless, it was quite pleasant being out on foot and talking with other folks.  Once back in the car we drove the rest of Loop Road, somewhat diminished due to the fog, arriving at Jordan Pond House in time for some lunch.

 

Dining at Jordan Pond House is always relaxing and we maintained that vibe by proceeding to the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island.  The western side of this island is indeed much quieter, though it still packs plenty of great trails and fun small towns.  We enjoyed reacquainting ourselves with roads and villages that had faded from memory and made a brief stop in Southwest Harbor, the largest place around on this side.

 

Then back to Bar Harbor for a strut downtown to check out the Abbe Museum.

Photo mandated by my daughter --- you can also find it in some "Funny Sign" book.
  Today was “Community Day” and there was no charge for the museum, just the (free) ticket for a rainy afternoon.  Devoted to the native inhabitants of Maine, I will offer a separate review of the Abbe Museum below.

 

Spencer wasn’t feeling too good after our busy day, so we dropped her off back at the hotel and bounced back downtown for a Mexican dinner at Miguel’s, an old favorite on Rodick Street in Bar Harbor.  Miguel’s was as superb as it was on our last visit ten years ago, so after bringing back something for Spencer to eat and making sure she was okay we came right back to Rodick (the hippest little street in Bar Harbor).

 

Our destination on the return trip was the Lompoc Café, one of my favorite bars of all time.

The Bubbles from Jordan Pond House
  I wrote  a review about the Lompoc several years ago, but can now update it with actual pictures!  Only disappointment was that they no longer offer draft blueberry ale in a “fatty” glass, but a pint went down just as easily.  Kim ordered a margarita and they delivered it in a pint glass as well.  You might imagine we were smiling again and shared a delightful evening recalling why Maine was such a terrific place.

vances says:
It really was crazy how often Kim and I would just look at each other with these big goofy smiles...

:^)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
Sweetski says:
You know, the best and happiest street in the world is memory lane :) I am so happy you are having such a wonderful time here again, and again :)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
vances says:
You aren't really hearing the tide at Thunder Hole, it is actually the tumbling of granite blocks beneath the water at the peak of low tide. When you catch it, it is quite impressive and a bit startling!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2010
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