Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A New England Experience!

Mike and I got back late last night from our vacation to New England. It was absolutly amazing.

One of my goals in life is to see all the U.S. National Parks. Acadia National Park is in Maine and we were able to spend two days there. Only photos can express how beautiful it is.

Downtown Camden, Maine. A little gem of a town. We were lucky enough to be there during the Windjammer Festival. (Also, photos are in no particular order as blogger was not playing nice while uploading these.)

Roadside Maine Blueberry stand. Yumm...

On top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park. The highest point directly on the Atlantic Coast, rises to the height of 1,530 feet above the nearby ocean.

Another shot off Cadillac Mountain.

Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

Mike standing near Thunder Hole.

Mountains of Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Sand Beach

Ullikana Bed and Breakfast in Bar Harbor, ME.

Mike and I outside of the Ullikana.
The Ullikana - footsteps from the Ocean.
Inside the Ullikana.
Inside the Ullikana.

Dining room at the Ullikana.

Eagle Lake, Acadia National Park.
Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake.

Mike at the Jordan Pond House with the Jordan Pond in the background. Here we both had our first popover. Mike said, "they're a little piece of heaven." We'll attempt to bake them back in Nebraska.

A system of carriage roads cuts through the forests and valleys and crosses quaint stone bridges and winds past glassy lakes and bubbly streams. These roads were designed almost 100 years ago and are available today for hikers, bicycles and carriages.
Mike and I rented bikes and rode around on the main carriages covering around 25 miles of the park in one afternoon. (ahh, sore buns!) This is one of the markers along the path.

Eagle Lake.
Mike on his bike at Eagle Lake.
Bar Harbor, Maine. Minutes from Acadia National Park.

Me outside of our Inn.
Path around our Inn to the ocean.
Mike outside the inn. Notice the front door. It opened up halfway on warm nights for a bit of sweet smelling ocean air. So wonderful.

Our room at the Inn. Very tiny, but oh so cute. Our bathroom was actually accross the hall!

Windjammer Festival in Camden, Maine.

This is me at our favorite restaurant of the trip. It was called Street & Company and was in Portland, Maine. This dish called, Lobster Diablo, was a pound and a half of lobster, a pound of mussels, clams and squid and pasta with a very delicious red sauce. (By the way, it was a dish to split, not just for me! And the going rate for Lobster in Maine is 3.75 a pound!)

Me in front of The Park Side Inn - Portland, Maine.
Cute row houses in Portsmouth, NH.

Portsmouth, NH.

Me walking the Freedom Trail in Boston.

The oldest restaurant in America, dates as far back as 1575! We didn't eat there but thought we should at least walk by!

Mike in Boston.
My plug for National Parks:
All the way back in the 1800's it was often posed as a question: Is there perhaps a reason to resist our human instinct to develop this pristine place? Mightn't it be prudent to conserve this scenery, this wilderness, these flora and fauna? Do our offspring and theirs have a right to behold and enjoy this splendor as we do today? Are we less or more harmonious with our maker if we choose preservation over industry? Is it possible-is it, perchance, our duty-- to sanctify the most magnificent natural gifts that we have been bequeathed?
Today, the national parks, all 84.4 million acres of them, constitute only .37 percent of the United States Landmass. Even with such a small amount of preservation, there are some corporations and political groups who want to develop in these parks anyway.

I urge all of you to do your part by visiting these beautiful parks which were set aside for us and our children by such intellegent individuals many years ago. Help fight against commercial development of our natural gifts.
*If your interested in more information on our National Parks watch "National Parks: America's Best Idea," by Ken Burns, airing this fall on PBS.


Lindsay said...

WOW!! What a GREAT experience!!

I love the Eagle Lake reflection picture ... just gorgeous!!

Glad you had such a memorable time!

Rob, Paula, Jeremey & Jaydin said...

Oh how Beautiful!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. We must add this area to our bucket list as well. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Oh neat! I love the inn...that dining room was adorable!

Schumacher said...

WOW!!!! What beautiful pictures!!!! What cute little towns. & I bet it was wonderful to have some time w/ just Mike. Can't wait to talk!