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Homer, Alaska

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Farewell Maine

Our time at Mount Desert Narrows ended Monday. We had signed on for the full season, May15 to October 14, and together with one other couple who stayed to the end, we closed down the campground for the season. With Acadia National Park closed since the first, it had gotten pretty quiet in the area. There were still some vacationers around who either couldn't or wouldn't change their plans, and we helped them as best we could to come up with alternative ways to enjoy the beauty of the area. 

It was an odd season for us. We truly enjoyed the area. It was much busier than the area we were in last year, but that is to be expected being so close to a National Park in the east. The food was downright diet-busting and that's all we'll say about that! Hiking and biking opportunities are everywhere, and we did as much as we reasonably could taking into account Chelsea's capabilities. The weather...well it wasn't that great. Like most of the east coast this summer, we had a lot of wet weather. A direct result of this was mosquitos that could carry away small children...seriously! Once again, we worked with a great bunch of people, and had many enjoyable moments. Let's get to some pictures!

Our first hike, and done many times over the summer at Ship Harbor

I stopped counting how many lobsters met their demise at Al's hands

Gorham Mountain was our first, but not last, hike that was more of a rock "scramble" than a hike. I do declare that I found hiking in Acadia more difficult, apart from altitude, than in Colorado.

FDR's summer cottage on Campobello Island was our first stop in Canada this summer.

We also visited beautiful Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia....

where we saw our one and only moose of the summer.

The most photographed bridge in Maine at Somesville

breathtaking views on trails VERY close to the edge of the cliffs!

Visiting RV Dreamer friends...

friends from back home (Jim in the white shirt, Judy seemed to be avoiding my camera!)

Al's co-worker Janice and family from the ambulance...and other fellow bloggers who dropped in for visits as they were passing through the area.

Geocaching took us to out-of-the-way places like Hunter's Beach

Cute dinghys...

beautiful harbors...

and picturesque buildings.

kayaking on Long Pond where we found the loons

The Carriage Roads are a unique feature of Acadia that we enjoyed exploring.

Our last hike in Acadia on the last day the park was open, overlooking beautiful Sand Beach.

We personally had several setbacks this year with our vehicles and our health. We also had two terrible losses this year. However, we will have fond memories of Acadia: good friends, wonderful scenery and good times. We enjoyed our work at Mount Desert Narrows, and appreciate the confidence our managers displayed in our abilities. 

We now turn our attention to a week long visit with our families on Long Island NY, and then we head to Campbellsville KY to start at Amazon on 10/28. Our future plans are finding us heading west again next year! We have settled our summer season job for next year, and will be working at Luton's Teton Cabins in Moran, Wyoming. Its a beautiful guest ranch at an entrance to Tetons National Park, and 30 miles south of the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We are very excited to be heading west again, and look forward to another summer of new experiences...and hopefully less problems!


  1. Great review!! Acadia is just amazing and we were fortunate to be there during July when the weather and bugs were not a problem. Your job for next summer sounds wonderful. We won't be making it that far, but can't wait to see it through your eyes!!

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails...

  2. Beautiful pictures!

    Your plans for next year sound very exciting.

    Maybe we will be able to get together at some point once you arrive in Campbellsville. :)

  3. As always your pictures and narration are wonderful! We r looking forward to visiting with you next week.

  4. Great summer recap, it was a crazy east coast summer weather wise for sure. Next summers plans sound great. Enjoy your family time.

  5. Wonderful recap, Karen. Let's hope all your troubles are behind you and your next year is wonderful. It looks like we'll see you this winter in FL. We'll be just down the road :)

  6. Beautiful pictures for your recap Karen. So glad we missed those mosquitoes but not the lobster! :-) Did you have mosuitoes most of the summer? Your new job sounds wonderful. We had our awful year in 2012 and our 2013 has so far been much better. I know your 2014 will be too.

  7. Loved meeting you guys, and loved all the pics. . .could pinpoint exactly where most of them were. . .great memories that will last for a long time. . .safe travels!

  8. Nice recap of your time in Maine. Love the photos.

  9. Just loved all the pictures and descriptions of the area. We will make it up there at some point!

  10. Looks like beautiful country.....and a more challenging hike than in Colorado? Looking forward to hearing about next summer's adventure.

  11. Beautiful Karen! These pictures are so pretty! So sorry to hear of the loss of Chelsea:( Dougie and I are thinking of you and Al. Much love and happy travels!! xoxoxo

  12. Great recap, Karen! Safe travels to Kentucky, and have a great winter!

  13. Karen, as usual, I have enjoyed reading about your adventures. Maine fascinating, but I do not know if I will ever get Dick there. Montana next summer sounds awesome. Dick and I hope to update our blog soon and keep in touch. Until we meet again one day ...