S: Second Annual Valera Mother-Daughter Trip Bar Harbor, Maine 2010
BC: Rosalind Zelkind Valera Teresa Valera Revis Elizabeth Natalie Valera | Recuerdo We were very tired, we were very merry-- We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry. It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable--- But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table, We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon; And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon. We were very tired, we were very merry-- We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry; And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear, From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere; And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold, And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold. --Edna St. Vincent Millay
FC: mother | bar harbor, maine | 2010 | daughter
3: We landed in Portland and started our drive to Camden, ME where we would spend our first night before traveling on to Bar Harbor. We stopped along the way to do some shopping at the LLBean outlet store and then had a bite to eat in the small town of Wiscasset. This was the beginning of many lobster dinners. And we also learned about the "smile detection" function on Elizabeth's camera.
4: The High Tide Inn was the perfect place to spend our first night in Maine. The pathway led right down to the ocean for an early morning stroll before we enjoyed some coffee with the friendly hostess on the patio.
6: The Whitehall Inn | Site of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Early Poetry Reading | My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-- It gives a lovely light! --Edna St. Vincent Millay
8: Mt, Battie is known for its overlook on the surrounding area and is also the place where Edna St. Vincent Millay was inspired to write some of her famous poetry. | From Renascence All I could see from where I stood Was three long mountains and a wood; I turned and looked another way, And saw three islands and a bay. Edna St. Vincent Millay
9: Mount Battie, Farnsworth Homestead (Left) The Farnsworth Art Museum (Above)
11: The Olson House This cold and rainy day seemed appropriate to visit the Olson House which inspired the stark paintings of Andrew Wyeth, especially "Christina's World" and others in which the Olson family is depicted..
12: Little bridges and the "bubbles" were a highlight of our time in Acadia. | Our first big walk in the Bar Harbor area was at the Jordon Pond. We were proud of ourselves for walking all they way around the pond and enjoyed delicious turnovers as our reward!
13: Jordan Pond | Elizabeth was having a grumpy morning. Not having her coffee was about to push her over the edge! Meanwhile Roz can't believe she's walking on rocks!
14: By the end of our walk around the lake, the sun was shining...and everyone (i.e. Elizabeth) was in a better mood. Buttery turnovers and more coffee didn't hurt!
15: at low tide we walked across the sandbar from bar harbor to bar island | a local ranger explained that the sea creatures would come out of their shells if you hum to them....it really works! | from Low-Tide These wet rocks where the tide has been, Barnacled white and weeded brown And slimed beneath to a beautiful green, These wet rocks where the tide went down Will show again when the tide is high Faint and perilous, far from shore, No place to dream, but a place to die,-- The bottom of the sea once more..... --Edna St. Vincent Millay
16: Our home base for the week in Bar Harbor
17: The Shore Path was a great path leading from the back of our Seacroft Inn toward the water and back to the main streets of Bar Harbor. | We walked and ran on the path in the morning and evening between stops at the many shops and restaurants.
18: Afternoon on a Hill I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one. I will look at cliffs and clouds with quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass and the grass rise. And when lights begin to show up from the town, I will mark which must be mine, And then start down! Edna St. Vincent Millay
19: We took an afternoon to walk on the old carriage roads of Acadia and took a dip in clear lily pad-covered Witch Hole Pond.
20: Cadillac Mountain was a beautiful spot to witness the first rays of sunlight.
21: After the sunrise we enjoyed an early breakfast at the cafe. The waitress told us about wildlife sightings in the area and we made plans to see more of the Acadia scenery.
22: a cicada landed on Roz's shirt | this Cairn is an example of the early trail markers in Acadia | we spotted a family of deer as we drove back up to Cadillac Summit after the sunrise...there were also wild turkey
23: Thunder Hole!
24: this large beaver dam was active at dusk and, much to Roz's dismay, we spent a few hours quietly watching as the beavers began to surface for their evening meal. | following advice from locals, we went to this pond and the Beaver Watch saga began....
25: Beaver Watch ! | Part II | Part III | Part I
26: Rock Climbing Otter Cliffs | It was challenging but exciting to learn the basics of rock climbing with our guide, Nate. He not only taught us how to "tie in" and "belay" but also gave us a run-down of how his car operates on vegetable oil. Yes, we both climbed those rocks....and Teresa even rapelled down over the ocean.
27: Whale Watch | Although we didn't witness a "kill" as we did in Seattle last year, it was great to see the whales!
28: Winter's Gone Alpaca Farm we were able to pet the alpacas and buy some alpaca wool from the farm | Kisma Animal Preserve the animals are highly protected here and can only be viewed during a guided tour
29: We stopped again in Wiscasset on our way back to Portland...hoping to find out if this was the true home of the Maine Coon cat. We didn't spot any cats. They were probably hiding due to the sudden heat that day. We almost melted as we enjoyed our final meal in Maine!