So Long to Maine and the Lovett’s
It has been a fantastic week with one day and adventure more exciting than the last! Among the highlights:
We hiked two very lovely trails on 2 different days. One trail took us to the ocean and fun rocks to climb, and the other along a fresh water reservoir both so tranquil and peaceful. There are well groomed trails for every ability. One surprise while looking for animals was to discover that the bears have all been relocated off of Mt. Desert (pronounced dessert) island and the moose who do show up quickly leave due to lack of food. The absence of bears did nothing to diminish the special nature of this National treasure.
Mid-way through the week we left the wilderness to explore Bar Harbor – what a difference. April, Jennifer and I decided that a little girlie day of shopping was in order so the boys took a different car and route and we meandered the sweet streets of the “big city”. Despite the touristy nature of Bar Harbor, it still had a lot of charm and some cool hidden treasures sprinkled amongst the ubiquitous T-Shirt shops. After an afternoon of shopping, we met the guys for dinner at a lovely restaurant which has pieces sourced from the Rockefeller estate. Unfortunately this is a fact we only learned after enjoying our 2 hour carriage ride through the Carriage paths donated by the Rockefeller Family which was our field trip from yesterday. Miles of stone paths and fantastic stone bridges were made and donated by the Rockefeller’s beginning at the early part of the 20th century. Some of these treasures took several years to construct and involved bringing artisans and rock from Italy to achieve the harmonious effect. It was well worth the time and visit. Lunch yesterday was at a fantastic spot overlooking the Northeast Harbor (as opposed to Southwest Harbor where we are docked) and another town visit.
April and Paul aboard April K hosted dinner last night which was as delicious as it was timely as we barely made it back to Gratitude in time to shower and go.
Sadly we had to say so-long to Jennifer and Jay this morning and tomorrow we leave for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We will be traveling with 7 other boats for the short 33 hour trip. Tonight there will be a “Captain’s meeting” aboard Bluewater with Judy and Milt Baker. The Bakers hosted all of us earlier in the week for a lovely cocktail party. I had hoped to reciprocate this week but with all of the fun we have been having – there has been no time. Im sure we will have other opportunities in Nova Scotia. We were so tempted to let the group leave without us and enjoy another week in this idyllic spot but I was reminded that at each stop along the way I have wanted to stay stay stay and each new spot has been even more amazing than the last so we shall have to make it a point to return on our way South.
Thanks for reading and please let us hear from you and your summer adventures!!!
Love Alec, Laurie and Jack