After many hours of driving and passing through some unusual sights on the east coast:

Mass Gas Station

[seriously — what’s more surprising, the gas prices or the fact that David Hasselhoff is doing ads on gas pumps?] we arrived in Maine last Saturday night.

As soon as we crossed the Maine state line, we started seeing the moose crossing signs:

Maine Moose Warning

Spoiler alert: we saw moose on food, on clothing, as stuffed animals, and in many other forms.  But we never saw a real live moose in Maine.  We did see a deer running across the road in front of our car one night, and we did see a cooler of live lobsters that had fallen off of a truck and scattered across the road one afternoon.  Sadly, my camera was in my bag during both of those incidents.

We took a boat tour of Frenchman Bay, during which we saw lots of beautiful homes overlooking the water:

A Lovely Summer Cottage

It was during that tour that we got our first introduction to the science and history of lobsters:

Learning About Lobsters

Over the course of the week, we heard so much information about lobsters that I never ever need to learn anything about lobsters again.

Butter Me Up

And when we weren’t learning about lobsters, we had the opportunity to eat lobster.  Did I mention that I now have a certificate saying that I’m an expert at eating lobster?  Well, I do!

Lobster Eater Expert Certificate

Over the course of the week, I also ate other great food like shrimp:

Overflowing Shrimp Roll

whoopie pies:

Whoopie Pies

and popovers:

Popover at Jordan Pond

We also visited other tourist attractions, including Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain:

Panoramic View From Cadillac Mountain

and Thunder Hole:

Visiting Thunder Hole

We also visited the Mount Desert Oceanarium and got to see different creatures in the Touch Tank:

Touching a Horseshoe Crab at the Oceanarium

We spent a lovely morning touring Baker Island (tickets are available through the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, and it was the best tour I’ve taken in years!)

Beginning Our Tour of Baker Island

Baker Island Rocks and Trees

One place we wanted to see was Bar Island, but we were never able to coordinate a visit.  You see, you have to make sure you go at low tide, because otherwise the path can be covered by up to 11 or 12 feet of water!

High Tide Covering the Path to Bar Island

While we explored, shopped, and ate our way around Mt. Desert Island, we spent most of our time in and around the town of Bar Harbor, which really is a lovely place:

View of the Bay From Bar Harbor

I would definitely want to visit Bar Harbor again, although next time I would  bring insect repellent and apply it early and often.  If I’m not distracted by bug bites, I can spend more time focusing on the scenery!

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