During sail away we had the most beautiful sunset.
A few weeks before our trip I had read about this donut shop that makes their donuts from mashed potatoes. That immediately grabbed my attention. I am a potato queen. I love all forms of potatoes! I HAD to visit this place! Holy Donut was a short walk from where Discovery Tours docks their boat. So a short walk (5 minutes would be exaggerating) and we were there! I bought two old fashioned and on dark chocolate sea salt. They were phenomenal. I don’t know how to describe it other than yummy!!! The entire family indulged. I wish there were a way to get them shipped to my house in Florida.
We headed back to the ship to warm up and as luck would have it the air started to clear. It became a beautiful day! We hung out in our room, napped, and my son cleaned the balcony with the sanitizing wipes I had brought along. Don’t ask. He loves to wipe and clean. I won’t be discouraging that trait!
During sail away we had the most beautiful sunset.
We have no photographic evidence of our evening. Which tells me we didnt do much of anything. I know we dropped our son off at the nursery again just to get a little adult time. I think we went to the Pub again. Then saw Lee Daniels: The Butler in the Movie theater in the ship.
The next day was the last day of the cruise: Portland, Maine.
We booked in advance with Portland Discovery Tours, Land & Sea. Part one was a trolley tour of the city and Portland Headlight. Part two was an hour, maybe 90 minute, long cruise visiting some of the other lighthouses.
Overall it was a bit too much for us. The trolley tour was nice because it was warm and I loved to hear about the history of Portland and I appreciated the opportunity to see the beautiful homes. We lucked out and got the back section of the trolley with panoramic windows and a bench. This worked nicely for my son. The cruise I could have done without. It was too long for us. This also happened to be the coldest day of the trip. Low 40s for most of the morning. The sun didn't show up until later in the afternoon.
I'm going to post a large group of photos from the trolley tour and harbor cruise. There are photos of the inside of the boat we were on, some of the lighthouses, forts, and beautiful homes!
After our excursion we decided to walk around town. It isn't a large downtown area. We were almost out of diapers, so we found a Rite Aid and picked up a pack. Recently our developed a fascination with babies. Any time he sees a baby or a picture of a baby he yells "beebee." Well what do ya know, the diaper package had a baby on it. He would not let go of the package. He carried it with pride through the streets of Bar Harbor!
My nose got the best of me and I made my husband go in to that Grumpy's place that baked up fresh blueberry goodies. It was worth it. They were delicious muffins! The best part was they were nice and warm. Back onboard my son wanted to watch the musicians again. He also danced along to the music by stomping his feet and clapping. That's toddler dancing for you
Once settled in to our seats our guide explained that there were blanket by our feet in case we get chilly. She also told us to wear a hat if we brought it because it gets chillier up in the trails. We had a great guide who shared to history of the roads- the Rockefeller family story as it relates to Acadia's Carriage Roads and so much more. Rather than narrate the next part I will let the photos tell the story. Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them!
The Lunchbox Letdown of the day was due to the delay in getting on the carriages. Because we started late, the bus driver decided it was in our best interest to do a drive-by of Cadillac Mountain. I was very disappointed in this. I wanted to get out and get some nice shots from the peak as well as a nice family pic (or at least some individuals of each of us). So my Cadillac pictures were taken from inside the bus as we drove on by the peak without stopping.
We woke up the following morning to find ourselves floating off the shores of Bar Harbor. When we got to Deck 4 to get on a tender we were told we’d have to go an alternate way. A staff member got in an elevator with us and basically escorted us down to the bottom level and whisked us on to a tender, ahead of the line. I told them we didn’t need to skip the line, but they insisted that because we had the stroller and a toddler we needed to go ahead. The weirdest thing happened. They made our son wear a life jacket. Now seriously, this was awful. He hated it, as I would expect most toddlers to feel. We tendered twice before with him (Grand Cayman) and he didn’t have to wear the life jacket. We were the first on to the tender and last off so we didn’t interfere with other people.
Once we got off the tender I realized it was VERY cold! Remember, we are from South Florida, where is is still in the upper 80s and low 90s this week. If I remember correctly it was in the upper 40s/ low 50s that morning. We were very very cold while we waited to board the bus for our excursion. As we walked toward the park to meet the bus we passed by a little shop that clearly markets itself well as everyone commented on the yummy blueberry scent wafting out of their windows!
The bus driver finally let us all on. We took a 30 (or so) minute drive up in to Acadia National Park and the bus dropped us off at the Carriage Stables. One the agenda today was a Horse Pulled Carriage ride through the park and then a trip up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. We waited 20-30 minutes for the previous carriage trip to get back which delayed the start of our carriage ride. This later posed a problem for me. I don’t know if anyone else in our group was upset about it but I was. I’m getting ahead of myself though, we’ll get there…
Hi! I am Nicole Perry, owner of Sunkissed Adventures.