|the von Trapps whose love story inspired the Sound of Music|
reestablished their family lodge among the hills of Stowe, Vermont
|Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island|
Mount Desert Island of Maine
Bill was in the vicinity 51 years ago when he, together with 28 other high school students from all over the country, were awarded a 6-week grant from the National Science Foundation to work at Jackson Laboratory on the island. Bill remembers that the pier was where they bought whole live lobsters for a quarter or a large bucket of steamed clams in the restaurant for $1.50 (hamburgers were about $3). Bar Harbor has now turned into a huge tourist area!
|beautiful Bar Harbor|
But the main draws really are Acadia National Park in the eastern half of Mt. Desert Island and the beautiful harbor with many small islands. It was too bad that the day we went there was low level fog so many of the sights were not picture perfect. The Sand Beach is the only area in the Park that is sandy and the notice read…Swimming, only for the hardy! The water is usually in the low 50’s and with the air temperature in the low 70s, you would not see me even dip a toe! But there were the hardy, frolicking in the cold water.
|the water crushing into Thunder Hole|
|Bill at Thunder Hole, braving it all for my photo!!!|
|yes, that's me, trying to be brave for the photo...at Otter Cliff|
Next we hiked a mile to Otter Cliff, America’s highest coastal drop. Again, the photos taken were of a risky nature, but fun. But we were so disappointed that the low fog came even lower and masked the beautiful postcard scenery of Jordan Pond with the North and South Bubble (hills) at the background. But we were fortunate that it cleared some when we got to picturesque Bubble Pond.
|atop very windy Cadillac Mountain, highest point in Acadia|
The coup de gras is Cadillac Mountain. Standing at almost 5000 feet, it gave us a view of Mt. Desert Island. However, winds of 25 knots or more prevented me from enjoying the scenery. As usual the braver of us two had more of the fun. Acadia National Park is truly a national treasure. Acadia comes from an extended meaning of an ancient Greek name "Arcadia", meaning "refuge" or "idyllic place".
Montpelier and Nearby Communities of Vermont
From Maine we drove our RV, M’a ‘turn, to Camping du Compton to start our tour of Quebec and Ontario. But first we took a day trip to the last state we have not visited on the East Coast, Vermont. Its capital, Montpelier, is only 2 hours away. The officer at the border laughed when Bill said we were going for some scoops of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream at its Factory. But that was the incredible truth… 4 hours of driving for the best ice cream in America.
At the Green Mountain Coffee Café (a restored railroad station) we had a light lunch of spinach pie and broccoli cheddar quiche along with a taste of coconut-infused coffee. Bill finally chose to bring home the raspberry truffle coffee from a huge selection of the famous brand. The Stowe Magazine on the cashier’s counter chronicled the attractions of nearby villages. We found three intriguing places to visit.
|Ben and Jerry's chocolate therapy|
best chocolate ice cream I have ever tasted!
|Cabot Creamery's tasting table|
|Trapp Family Lodge at Stowe, Vermont|
|'Love is as strong as death' says the couple, holding hands|
in their jammies with their tombs as their bed
The best of Maine and Vermont will be difficult to forget. But the second half of our Canadian tour beckons. And may I add that our new wood laminate flooring is sooooo coooool! This is truly having the best for last!