Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's Not England, but Small Town USA Here We Come

What do you do when your planned trip to England falls through two days before you leave? You bury your disappointment at not seeing the grandkids, and head to Maine, USA. No, it's not the same, but better than staying home and moping.

Our first stop was Bar Harbour. We've visited several times, but not in the last couple of years. Happily, not much has changed. This is the fountain in Agamont Park overlooking the harbour.

The schooner does cruises of Frenchmans Bay.

Nothing says Maine like a lobster holding an ice cream cone!

For my sister, a big sock monkey!!

One of the attractions in the area is Acadia National Park. It's a great place for hiking, camping and biking, as many of the roads do not allow vehicle traffic. These carriage roads and stone bridges were financed by John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940, and are part of a 57 mile network of roads that were meant for horses, carriages and pedestrians. There are 16 of these bridges in park.

The view from the top of Cadillac Mountain in the park. The Holland America cruise ship, Maasdam, was in port that day, so there were lots of people in town, which is great for the shopkeepers. On Sunday, there were going to be three cruise ships in port at the same time. I was glad we would be on our way by then!

We had one day of rain, and Jim decided a good rainy day activity would be to visit a car museum he had read about. Somehow, I think we would have been visiting the car museum one way or the other! The Seal Cove Auto Museum is the middle of nowhere! Richard C. Paine, Jr. amassed more than 130 automobiles and motorcyles. When he died in 2007, he left an endowment to ensure that the vehicles would be showcased in this museum.

The following is for the car buffs!

A 1909 Stevens cost $5000 when it was built.

A 1911 Stanley Steamer (cost $1,125).

These are just some of the amazing cars...all in pristine condition.

A 1906 Ford (cost $500). This car represented a step forward for Ford in producing a low-priced car for the mass market.

A 1907 Model K Ford (cost $2,800). This car had enough power to carry a full load of passengers and their luggage.

1912 Ford (cost $645-$725)...inexpensive, reliable and easily maintained, this car brought Americans from the horse and buggy era into the automobile age.

The 1922 Ford Model T Depot Hack was made to transport passengers and their luggage to and from railway stations to hotels and resorts.

1913 Peugeot...the body was made of tulip wood.

These "barn cars" were never intended to be restored.

An 1886 Benz...Benz's wife Bertha demonstrated the practicality of it when she took it on a 50 mile trip to visit her parents. I cannot imagine!

With our fill of cars, we headed to one of our favourite restaurants, Galyn's, and enjoyed their small verandah for a nice evening.

At our B&B, we met a couple who had just come from Camden, Maine. We weren't familiar with it, but they recommended the B&B they had stayed at and said it was a great little town. So with that, we left Bar Harbour and headed to Camden.

We passed this carving of Glooscap. He was an important figure in history for the natives in the US and Atlantic Canada.

We spied a mini golf park that looked interesting, so we stopped and played a round...

It was really pretty!

It was busy (and hot!), so we had time in between holes for picture taking...

A pirate ship, me-hardies...

I let Jim go first, so I could copy what he did, but he still beat me.

This pirate is kicking back with his bottle of rum!

That was fun! Now it's on to Camden...

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