“USA 🇺🇸 ~Date Night in Bar Harbor and Arcadia National Park in Maine WOW!”

SQUARE PEG – ROUND HOLE
We experienced a very unexpected glitch with our Blog Website last week, which took a few days to sort out. Well, I’m hoping it’s sorted out.
We just add this type of situation to the “round peg, square hole” condition we deal with, constantly, living the lifestyle we choose to live.  What this refers to, in our full-time world travels, is how often we run into the many roadblocks (figuratively) along the way, systematically. Banking, for example is not set-up for our wanderlust ways, as they require to be able to send us text messages when tagging our accounts for “suspicious” activity. Not suspicious at all, as it’s just us moving around the world A WHOLE LOT! But, the bank computers don’t know this. We have multiple phone numbers in a year’s time, and not all SIM cards allow texting….We also have a resident address and a mailing address, in two different states. I ended up with a renewed California drivers license, with a North Carolina address. If I had asked for this, they would have laughed at me, right out their door! Dealing with these things, Especially from overseas is so hard sometimes. We beg banks, DMVs and other places to get us set up with email notifications. We are told their systems don’t support this. Anyway. Just a few example of many ways our lifestyle (not being the norm) causes challenges.
Our newest challenge was getting an alarming email from our Host Website personnel that our blog was at full capacity and could not be backed up! WHAT? Until the weekend was over, I was unable to contact our A2Hosting. In the meantime, I posted on Facebook, so as not to get too far behind.
Yesterday, I spoke with somebody in technical support at A2, who had a strong Cockney accent. I am sooo not techy, and that tech language alone goes over my head, but then throwing in the accent, though proper English, I’m sure I was driving the guy nuts, with; “could you repeat that?” Finally, instead of me writing down everything the Brit was saying, which I needed to pass on to my tech guy in India, he finally said. “I will send you an email, you can forward to your web guy, that will explain everything.” Whew!
Yes, my blogs are long. It is like reading a book, but it will all BE turned into a book one day, for publication. Having a traumatic brain injury, also requires me to record all the detail, as my memory has been a challenge for over 16 years, now; remember things, especially details. Being a senior, now, is not helping at all! Ha! I know what you are thinking…..BUT Losing the ability to recall memories in a split second, due to a terrible vehicle accident is very different than the aging memory loss, which happens gradually, over time, to everybody.
Also know this. With each new category, when blogging we only get 15 blog posts, which will show to the viewer. We can see all of them, as administrators, but after 15, not all will show to the viewer. The latest blog replaces the oldest blog, to keep 15 blogs up….this is why blogs are even longer, now, and less often. Example: Maine, USA 🇺🇸 is a category under North American, and we are here for a month. The 15 blog post limit is not very much with all there is to see and do for full-timers like us…Vermont is a another category, and we were there less than a week, so we had plenty of space for our blogging posts there, and room for more, when we go there again, to take fall color photos. I doubt most bloggers  have so much to blog about. Again, square peg-round hole.
Anyway, I called our web guy in India, after speaking with the Brit, and went through another strong accent issue, though pretty good English. He is such a nice guy and it’s been a long time since I’ve been called “madam,” as they do in India. 😀. It made me miss being overseas. Anyway, he got the forwarded email and is working on the storage capacity issue with A2, and will be creating a second backup for us, through him, now.
It’s not like I could no longer post, but since book publishing is the end game, through our blogging, losing ANY work is DEFCON 1 for me, because not getting the work backed-up makes my stomach hurt, at the very thought! I know what is is like to loose a years worth of writing, already, when Facebook closed our “Around The World in 80 Ways,” account, which was our first travel blog; for inappropriate, sexual activity of all things! So not true, as we are very proud of all our content. I am still quite bitter about that loss, but it did get me to create our far better website travel blog, here. For example, No censoring of Hindu carvings that the bots think are real women, instead of 1,000 year old statues. 🙄
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DATE NIGHT IN BAR HARBOR VILLAGE ⬇️

On Main Street, there is an old 1932 movie theater, which is open! It’s been restored, and is a lot like old Frances Theater and Cameo Theater I went to in Newberg, Oregon.
We picked Monday night to watch “Cry Macho,” with Clint Eastwood. This is a new movie, out, not an old one. I can’t say it was great, because CE is almost 100 years old, or so it seems, and the acting is not so great, but I’m a big fan and have always admired his longevity in the movie business.


What was great, was enjoying the movie, and eating buttered popcorn 🍿, together, like we use to do every week, whilst living in California. Although, no crowds like in California.
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Before the movie, we ate at the “Chart Room,” overlooking the beautiful Bay.


I got a “mini” Lobster 🦞 Roll and a cup of Clam Chowder. Full Lobster rolls around Maine, run almost $30, and I already know (from past experience) they do not fill me up. Ha!

⬆️ Mini Lobster Roll

Incidentally, we stopped at another place, when staying in Ellsworth and got Crab 🦀 Rolls. Half the price of Lobster Rolls, so I could eat two. Still pricey at $14.95 each but oh so good and a real treat!

⬆️ Crab Roll 

Also on movie 🎥 night, date night, we ate Blueberry Pie. This Berry Pie can be found in abundance in Maine. It’s a huge favorite here. I prefer Blackberry, but I have to say, the Blueberry was quite yummy, and will get it again! ⬇️

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BAR HARBOR CAMP GROUND ⬇️

⬆️ We have “officially arrived” and are set-up in our first hookup campground with Rusty and Tiny. We will be here for at least two weeks; the closest campground to Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park, as we have an appointment to get our truck “Rusty’s” transmission looked at… nothing urgent, but that’s as soon as we could get her in to a transmission specialist, recommended to us (which means trustful).
As full-time Rv-erS now, and with plans to eventually go down through South America, with our tiny outfit, everything mechanical is getting a thorough check! It costs some money, but having peace of mind, it’s worth it. The wellness-vehicle-check on Rusty we had done, recently, turned out great, other than the transmission needs a look, since we are hauling a loaded trailer. Without hauling, it wouldn’t even be a concern, but hopefully it will be simple.
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*Tiny got all new Shoes, plus the spare
✅ Spare tire cover still coming. (It’s ordered).
*New Towing Hitch on Rusty
*Electric Brakes on Rusty, to go with Tiny’s brake system ✅ *New gas BBQ made for Tiny the ALiner ……Dealer forgot to ship connector hose for propane, so can’t use grill, yet 🙄. When the hose still did not show up, we called them. Oops, they forgot to ship it, after it arrived in their parts department. 🙄🙄
Daryl has long since put the steaks he bought, in the freezer. (I know, a real first-world problem) 

(More photos go here, but WIFI is too weak) 😬

I have no photos to show of inside our Tiny, yet, because not all our items have been received to make it organized. Some items have gone to Chelsie’s in N Carolina, because delivery is taking longer than normal, so this has become a long, dragged-out project. Tiny spaces take more thought and time, especially when waiting on shipped items.
Since we are at the Bar Harbor campground for so long, the owners okayed our shipment of a cargo carrier for the top of Rusty. We have three (almost empty) suitcases, and a Yeti ice chest taking up room in the back of our vehicle. This will be so nice to get out of the way, till we get back to our storage unit.
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⬆️ This campground is so beautiful and huge, yet    space-y, in many of the sites, so feels small.
Laundry, showers, two restaurants, RV full-hookups, dry tent spots, vans, pets, kids, and no reservations needed! 
If somebody moves out and you want their spot, get over to it and leave a camp chair or something to claim it, then go to the office and register again! I love it.
There are some Bay view camp spots, but mostly for tents.
$250/week is giving us a full hookup site where we are at now! That’s the equivalent of one weekend night in a hotel over here! $1 in quarters for cold water wash only, and again for the dryer (I hang my clothes on the line for free. $.25 cents per every five minutes of hot water shower time. We can do our thing in $.75 😀
Though we have been very busy getting set-up to full-time RV, at this same time, I actually never realized just how busy we’ve really been over the last 4.5 years; traveling full time, overseas. It’s been an incredible journey, full of adventure and excitement, and we are not finished, yet, but we’ve done very little relaxing over the years. Ha!
We are both LOVING this new pace, and have decided the change is more needed than we even realized. This lifestyle we are experiencing now, feels very good, too, and so much easier!
We actually feel retired, instead of being retired….If that makes any sense.

⬆️ I love the cooler temps and fresh ocean breezes. I love all seasons, but being very warm blooded, I especially love cool temps.
Me, unlike Daryl, might “likes” it more ⬇️

⬆️ I got these camp chairs that rock! I mean they REALLY rock, as in “Rocking Chairs.” A large motorcycle waterproof cover is very light weight covers them and the camp table we got, perfectly, when we go to bed. We have some nice days, but it can rain at night, often. Love the sound of the rain on Tony’s roof, while snuggling in bed.

We are so happy here!
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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK AND CADILLAC MOUNTAIN  ⬇️

The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States; an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage.
At 3.5 million visits a year, it’s one of the top 10 most-visited National Parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads. What’s a carriage road?…..Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, are the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family. The Carriage roads weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, a skilled horseman, wanted to travel on motor-free byways, via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island.
His construction efforts from 1913 to 1940 resulted in roads with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape.
The roads were built to preserve the line of hillsides and save trees, align with the contours of the lands, and take advantage of scenic views.
Approximately 16 feet wide, the carriage roads are an example of broken-stone roads commonly used at the turn of the 20th century.
Gate lodges (built to resemble a 16th century French hunting lodge, rarely are open to the public. It and another built near Northeast Harbor on Route 198 are the only two such gate houses in Acadia, and they act as impressive welcomes to the carriage road system, stone-faced bridges span streams, waterfalls, motor roads, and cliff sides.

⬆️ Carriage Road Gatehouse in Northeast Harbor,        along Routes 3 and 198, just South of Upper Hadlock Pond before reaching town. This is not for public access as this is a home for a family.The beautiful stonework in the structure is repeated throughout Acadia National Park.

Granite coping stones used as guardrails line the roads, affectionately called “Rockefeller’s teeth.”
Today, carriage roads have multiple-user groups as they did in the past: Pedestrians, bicyclists, and horse-drawn carriages share in the beauty, access, and safety of these auto-free roads across the Park. 




Bubble Rock, on Mount Desert
A precariously balanced rock perches on the edge of a cliff created tens of thousands of years ago by glacial erosion, which slowly created the formation that perches on the edge of a cliff overlooking the South Bubble summit.
Geologists have estimated that the rock originated 40 miles to the north near Lucerne. The course-grain on its surface is indicative of its white granite composition, which differs from the surrounding rock of Mount Desert Island; typically a pink granite hue.

DRIVING CADILLAC MOUNTAIN ROAD ⬇️
This route takes some planning ahead, so heads up! We have a Lifetime, Free National Park Visitors Pass, but it does not get us up Cadillac Mountain, though it is inside the Park.
Luckily for us, we are past the peak tourist season, so we could still drive up the mountain (same day) after we registered online and paid, at: https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/400000
The only crazy thing was, there is no WiFi signal in the Park, so we did have to drive about 15 minutes towards Bar Harbor, before till we could get a signal. We pulled over, got online, registered, then had to verify my email. After that, we got our “window” to drive up Cadillac Mountain;  between 12PM and 1PM; we were given a 1/2 hour early arrival, too, but we came 35 minutes early and they turned us around. We then drove to Bubble Rock again, and back to the Ranger, to kill time.
All in all, after registering, we had an hour and a half wait…but not really waiting, as we just drove around the rest of Park and enjoyed the beauty!


Cadillac Summit Road offers a three-mile drive to the top of the highest peak in the Park. Along the way, there are several scenic pullouts to enjoy the views. Parking is available in two locations at the summit, where restrooms, a gift shop, and scenic overlooks connected by paved walks can be found.
There is no Island Explorer bus service on the Cadillac Summit Road. 

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⬇️ More photos around Bar Harbor Village, Northeast Bar Harbor; and just outside Acadia National Park.
The places I could never tire of!


Bar Harbor Historical Society

⬆️ Many lovely grand homes, privately owned around the Harbor ⬇️

Park near a boat launch and Marina 

Route 66 Restaurant~Recommend 

By November, before the snow flies, the tourist season in Bar Harbor is over, and most restaurants close down. The ones who do remain open, take turns with one another for a month, each. This street is also the place they have “bed races” on. An annual event where everybody dresses in their PJ’s to walk around town, and shop at the stores for huge sales! ⬇️

We picked up a hitch hiker! 

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MAINE

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    1. Thx Helen! It’s been a busy month…. But truly, as much as we miss living overseas, everything really has come together the way it was suppose to. It feels fine being home, though unplanned. Goes to show that Not everything needs planning.

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