In early July we left Lubec for Bangor, ME.  Fleeing beastly high temperatures inland, we drove to the coast every day, exploring Acadia National Park, Belfast, Camden, Searsport, Wiscasset, Boothbay, and Bath.  The next time we hike up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, we will time it for spring or fall, but the views really do make you appreciate the sweat equity spent climbing to the top.  That is, until you discover that everyone else who drove to the top gets the exact same incredible view and looks better in their pictures (no wet spots on their t-shirts or drenched stringy hair sticking to their face).  The hike back takes about a quarter of the time it took to get to the top, and we gladly hopped in the car to find Sand Beach and Bar Harbor without using our legs.  When you get to Sand Beach you wonder how it is possible to see turquoise water at the base of the mountain as if you suddenly descended on a Caribbean Island.  It was beautiful but crowded, as one might expect on a 90+ degree day in July.  Bar Harbor is a lovely town that we will go back to explore more one day; while there we enjoyed a walk down Main Street and a beer at Atlantic Brewing Company (and tried not to offend people with our “hiking smell”).  Of the other small harbor towns along the Maine Coast, Belfast and Camden are two of the larger ones, although all of them are unique and charming in their own way. We can’t wait to return to enjoy more of their beauty (and lobster rolls).

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