New Friends in Bar Harbor Maine

Note: If you wish to see a slide show of pictures we took in Bar Harbor Maine, click here.

Bob and Robin Charlton

New Early Retiree Friends

After meeting another early retiree couple (Bob and Robin Charlton) online a year or so ago, it just happened that we were going to be in Bar Harbor Maine at the same time.  We took that opportunity to meet up with them, have some wine, compare notes about how we retired, how we plan to spend our time, and of course, talk about our common love of travel.  They also took us to a restaurant that offered fresh lobster for about $10 per pound.  We quickly hit it off and found we had so much in common.  We really admire them — they retired at 43 years old the old fashion way — by saving every penny to make it happen.To learn more about their story — see their website at http://www.wherewebe.com.

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor is a really beautiful place, if you get the chance to see it, you should do it.  Bar Harbor itself is just the beginning of the beauty — it is flanked by Acadia National Park, which is just breath-taking.   We first visited Bar Harbor, then we entered the Acadia National Park, following the Park Loop Road around the park.  Our first stop was at Sand Beach, it is a light brown sand beach nestled in a small cove.

No lifeguard to be found!

Sand Beach

After Sand Beach, we made our way to Thunder Hole.  This is a huge rock where the Maine seas thrash themselves against to make incredible splashes and sounds of thunder.  When we visited it was pretty tame, with small incoming waves, but we have heard that it can get pretty rough and loud.  While there, we met another retired couple that were visiting from Vermont, they told us to be sure to visit Prince Edwards Island because it is beautiful — we will take them up on that suggestion!

Thunder Hole

Then we made it to Cadillac Mountain.  This is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6.  The views from the top of Cadillac Mountain is awe-inspiring:

Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain

We finished this incredible day at the Jordan Pond House, a cool eatery at the end of the park loop road.  We had Lobster stew and pop overs.  If you’ve never had pop overs, they are  a light, hollow roll made from an egg batter similar to that of Yorkshire pudding, typically baked in muffin tins.  We had ours with strawberry jam.

Pop overs

From our table, we had an outstanding view of the bay.

Our view from Jordan Pond House

We are now traveling through New Brunswick, Prince Edwards Island and Nova Scotia. We will be blogging about those adventures in the coming days.  Note: If you wish to see a slide show of pictures we took in Bar Harbor Maine, click here.

Hasta Luego…

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