Another Blissful Maine Weekend

We haven’t gotten out as a family as much as we’d like or have in the past and I’ve really been itching to do something about that. So, last week I announced to the girls that I was taking them on a day trip to Acadia. Unfortunately, Kirsten was working, but if we waited until our schedules aligned it would never happen. We awoke early Saturday morning and were off on the long drive north.

The weather was spectacular: warm, slight breeze, and big puffy clouds against a deep blue sky. Perfect. We got our annual pass to the park and drove to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. There were a LOT of visitors, possibly the most I’ve seen up there. It was okay, though, as there’s plenty of space to move around. We snapped pictures, talked, walked, and just enjoyed the sights and smells and knowing that this was our backyard.

The girls at the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
The girls at the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

Group selfie atop Cadillac Mountain.
Group selfie atop Cadillac Mountain.

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
The girls take a second to pose atop Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park.
The girls take a second to pose atop Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park.
Hayley in the windy summit of Cadillac Mountain.
Hayley in the windy summit of Cadillac Mountain.
Jenna at the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Jenna at the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Photo: Skye | Hayley perched on a rock atop Cadillac Mountain, Acadia
Photo: Skye | Hayley perched on a rock atop Cadillac Mountain, Acadia
Jenna and Skye at Cadillac Mountain
Jenna and Skye at Cadillac Mountain

From Cadillac Mountain we drove to Thunder Hole. Again, loads of tourists, but the scene was nice and if you know where to go it was still possible to get out on the scenic rocks alone and hear the waves crash into the square red cliffs topped with gorgeous coniferous trees against a beautiful deep blue sky.

Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

After spending some time at Thunder Hole we were all pretty hungry, so we went to the place we always go when visiting Bar Harbor, Geddy’s. Geddy’s is a fun place, but I wouldn’t recommend it highly for the food or service. The girls’ meals are served on frisbees and the drinks always have in them a little animal thing. It’s fun, and right in the heart of Bar Harbor.

Skye photographs her Shirley Temple at Geddy's in Bar Harbor.
Skye photographs her Shirley Temple at Geddy’s in Bar Harbor.
I'd ask the waiter to bring me a different drink.
I’d ask the waiter to bring me a different drink.
Hayley loves fancy straws.
Hayley loves fancy straws.

The final stop on our whirlwind tour was Jordan Pond. The girls had a great time trying to catch tiny fishes and frogs. We frolicked and laughed and splashed in the cool, clear water. Then we saw a sign prohibiting anybody going in the water. Oops.

Photo: Skye | Skye took this wonderful photo of Jenna at Jordan Pond.
Photo: Skye | Skye took this wonderful photo of Jenna at Jordan Pond.
The girls and I stopped by Jordan Pond after lunch.
The girls and I stopped by Jordan Pond after lunch.
Jenna, Hayley, and Skye at Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park.
Jenna, Hayley, and Skye at Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park.

Sunday morning was an early start, too. We drove Jenna all the way up to Winthrop to drop her off at the Southern Maine String Camp for the week. It was hard to say goodbye, but I know she’s going to have a lot of fun.

Kirsten says goodbye to Jenna before we leave her at String Camp.
Kirsten says goodbye to Jenna before we leave her at String Camp.
Southern Maine String Camp, Winthrop, Maine
Southern Maine String Camp, Winthrop, Maine

Early Sunday afternoon I finally took Skye to Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit, where her eighth grade science teacher, Lindsay, works in the summer months. The weather was exceptional. My introduction to Lindsay (a.k.a. Mrs. Wirsing) was at a parent-teacher conference this past year, which was confrontational and quite uncomfortable for both of us. We have since developed a tenuous friendship and mutual respect based on an overwhelming desire to improve science literacy and education. She’s a total sweetheart and it was nice to see her again in person, on better terms.

Skye was quite nervous to see Mrs. Wirsing again. She said she had a strong impulse to raise her hand to ask for things she needed. Even though Lindsay was very busy serving the myriad tourists packed on the deck, she took the time to converse with us and even arranged to get back the money I had paid to the valet.

Barnacle Billy’s is right on Perkins Cove. The outdoor deck on which we were seated is adjacent to the water, which at the time had in it many moored sailboats and lobster boats. It was as picturesque as one could want to experience during a Sunday lunch. Skye and I both had fish and chips. My rum punches were wicked delicious, and if it wasn’t for the cost, alcohol content, and prior engagements, I would have sat their and drank them all afternoon.

I could have enjoyed these famous Barnacle Billy's Rum Punches ALL day!
I could have enjoyed these famous Barnacle Billy’s Rum Punches ALL day!
Lindsay was amazing in every way.
Lindsay was amazing in every way.
Barnacle Billy's at Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine
Barnacle Billy’s at Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

7 Comment

  1. You took some amazing pictures, both of the girls and the gorgeous Maine scenery. It’s great to get out and enjoy the amazing wonders of Maine, especially with our wonderful daughters! Very nice post.

    1. Thank you, Kirsten.

  2. Perfect way to spend a weekend in Maine! Beautiful family. Thanks for the visit:)

    1. Thank YOU, Lindsay. I’ll pay you good money to smuggle out the rum punch recipe.

  3. What a lovely post. Your photos reminded me of how much I miss Acadia. So glad that you had the chance to spend a wonderful day in the Maine outdoors with Skye, Jenna and Hayley, and that the weather was so perfect for you all!

    Also, that photograph Skye took of Jenna is simply wicked! (That’s British for “wicked good”!) Has *someone* been giving Skye photography tips ;)

  4. Sara Sterling says: Reply

    These are some great pictures-like Kirsten said, the girls and the scenery. Looks like an amazing place to spend the weekend.

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