Maine Day 2: Acadia National Park (September)

On our 2nd day in Maine (and our only full day), we woke up to this:
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Yep, Hurricane Dorian had tracked up the coast and was raining on Maine. Sigh.

We had breakfast at the hotel and the women behind us (some of whom had been at S’mores the previous night) were all artists and were painting at breakfast.
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Sigh.
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We drove around Acadia anyway, because what else were we gonna do? Also rain is atmospheric and pretty, right?
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So this is the driveable loop part of the park. We drove the loop and got out to take pics when we came to a turnout or viewpoint.
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There’s Egg Rock Light Station:
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Sand Beach was closed.
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Sand Beach is a rareity – and apparently one of the few cold-water, shell-based beaches in the world. The cold water of Maine tends to dissolve and erode the coastline.

Read more here:
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And a video of the surf if you wanna hear waves. Click through:
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Your moment of zen. Click through.
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Next we hit up Jordan Pond House for lunch. They have beautiful outdoor seating, with a view of the pond, that we could not take advantage of. Boo. There is also a walking path around the pond. We didn’t do this either. But this restaurant is also known for their popovers, which they have been serving since like the 1890s. They were delicious. Perhaps due to the weather, we had no problem getting a table.

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Popover:
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Seafood chowder, before being devoured by Elena.
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I waffled on the lobster roll because the scallop dish sounded good. But it was just ok. Shoulda gotten the lobster roll. Doug’s salmon was good as were the soups. Dessert was tasty too. ALL the blueberries!!

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Back on the road!
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The view on our way up Cadillac Mountain:
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At the top of Cadillac Mountain. Boy was it windy. This couple was trying to get a selfie:
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Ah, what a view.
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I actually really like these pics:
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Mostly since Elena was, by this point, fast asleep in her car seat, we took turns going out into the wind to take some photos. We did take a selfie right outside the car tho. Pretty much right where that other couple was trying to take one.
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Bar Harbor and Frenchman’s Bay:
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When we got back, we found this waiting for us – for a small cost, you could have a fuzzy friend and a story book show up in your room! I was unreasonbly happy about this. (They also had an option where they would pitch a small tent in your room for your child to hang out in though we didn’t do this.). The moose is really soft and the book was super cute.
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Once we got back to the room, we were totally exhausted, so all three of us ended up taking a nap. It’s weirdly one of my happiest memories of the trip. It was a really good nap and we all needed it.
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By the time we all woke up, the rain had subsided (yay) so we drove into Bar Harbor and yelped another restaurant. We chose the Side Street Cafe:
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These shrimp were so good!
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I gobbled up this olive tapanade.
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Doug and I shared a lobster roll. It was a TON of lobster and this was definitely high up on my list from the weekend.
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Then we wandered around town for a bit.
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I saw this in a shop window and thought it was so cute.
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Also seen in a shop window:
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This is what the weather looked like on this day:
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So a good day and lots of good food despite the crappy weather!

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