Friday morning we loaded the car and took a ride. After a quick stop in Belfast to conduct some business, we were on our way to Bar Harbor. It was a beautiful sunny day, no wind, just sunshine.
We stopped by the closed Visitors Center to see what paths were available to snow shoe on. We met 2 wonderful dogs one English Mastiff named Gwenny – she weighs in at 210 and another beautiful dog named Aikera. He had had a botched surgery when he was younger so he had a contraption strapped on that allows him to walk like a normal dog. He was a very sweet dog but I am not sure what his breed was.
We stopped for lunch at one of our favorite spots – The Side Street Café.
I got the special and Chuck got the Lobster Roll – as always it was delicious. We have had both lunch and dinner here and it is always lots of food at a reasonable price. I look forward to eating here. We did a bit of shopping and I do mean a bit because most every shop in Bar Harbor is closed for the season – some open in April most open in May. I did stop into Fiore – this is a wonderful shop that sells different olive oils and vinegars. I bought 3 different oils including a Truffle oil – I can’t wait to drizzle that on some wonderful goodies. The flavored oils that Fiore sells are a wonderful way to add something special to your meals.
On Saturday morning we had breakfast at 2 Cats – it is a wonderful breakfast spot. We were there at 7:00 AM and we had the place to ourselves – Blueberry Pancakes for me and Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for Chuck. We knew that we would be working it off so this was a no guilt meal.
We headed over to the Park to snow shoe – It was a beautiful day – bright sunshine, warm and perfect. The Carriage Paths are groomed so that you can cross country ski, snow shoe or just walk on the paths. We met a few walkers on the path and a few dogs. It was a great day to be outside and the views were amazing. We felt very fortunate to be able to be outside enjoying the park on such a great day.
We met 2 young men at the park – they were college kids who go to the Maine Maritime Academy. They were wondering if there were paths that they could hike on. We explained where we had walked and told them that there were lots of trails with good signage so they should have no trouble. They then asked us where they needed to go to pay for the use of the park – I explained that it was free to walk on paths and enjoy the beauty of the park. They were amazed and decided that they needed to come up to the park more often. The Maritime Academy is in Castine, Maine which is not far from Bar Harbor.
We enjoyed the park for a couple of hours and then we headed down the coast. We stopped at a few towns along the way to see the sights and have some lunch. It was a wonderful way to spend a day and we felt very fortunate to have such a beautiful area to visit.
We once again decided that our move to Maine was a good thing – we love living here and we do not take for granted the beauty that is all around us all the time. The weather was amazing and it gave us the feeling that Spring may not be to far away.
Have a wonderful day – enjoy the view.