Sunday, September 14, 2008

My first vacation in more than 6 years!

Day 1 (Saturday):

A grueling day of travel. Up at 4am and downhill from there! The highlight: seeing my sister and brother-in-law come down the stairs at the airport in Boston! Picture this: we lock eyes and my sister and I run toward each other, arms out, squealing the whole way. A 4 hour drive later, we arrive for dinner at my great aunt and uncle's house. A wild event for all of us since we haven't seen them in about 20 years. Chuck got a bird's-eye-view into the history of the Stock side of the family! :o) We finally arrived at Folkestone Cottage (where Uncle Alan and Aunt Regina were waiting) after 10 and soon fell into bed. Don't remember much after arriving!

Day 2 (Sunday):

A typical New England fall day. We do breakfast at a local cafe (Tapley's) and spend the rest of the morning exploring a small section of downtown Bar Harbor (or, as everyone here calls it, "bah ha-bah"; it gets kind of annoying!) What started as mist became a steady drizzle by early afternoon. A hot bowl of Clam Chowder (at Geddy's) was great to warm up with (and a little bit of a local pumpkin beer). Returning to the sidewalk, the rain did not stop so we made a stop at a grocery store and Walmart and headed back to the cottage. We met up with my Uncle Bob and Aunt Kathy later in the afternoon and spent the evening catching up and playing games.
Highlights of the day: breakfast in the morning (don't usually eat before 9 or 10); exploring Bar Harbor with Chuck and Kelly; catching up with family throughout the day; playing board and card games until 10:30 (there is a lot of time to make up for with Kelly and Chuck!!). All-in-all, lots of fun!! :o)

Day 3 (Monday):

Dad, Mom, Kelly and I begin the day with a hike on one of the carriage roads in Acadia. It was a bit foggy and overcast, but that soon burned off to a warm day with lots of sunshine. Breakfast at the cottage and a few showers later, we headed over to the Asticou Inn to meet up with Bob and Kathy. We explored some shops in a couple of the little villages (they turned out to be really small and very expensive!). We had lunch in a little diner (I think in Southeast Harbor) and went back to the cottage to hang out for a little while. For dinner we excitedly went to the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound where Dad, Chuck and I all had our first whole lobsters. What a cool experience! We walked up to a tank in the lobby where we picked out our live lobster, they gave us a number corresponding to the steamer bag and took the lobster straight out to the (wood fueled!) steamer and then 10 minutes later it was ready! I couldn't believe it when I found out that my lobster only cost $12!! My Aunt Kathy gave us all "lobster lessons" and we dug in to the sweet, rich meat...there is nothing else like it! We stopped at an antique/wine store and a local dairy bar before heading back to the cottage, exhausted.

Highlights: getting to see my dad and his brothers together for the first time since my Nana's funeral; LOBSTER!; time spent talking to Mom, Aunt Kathy, Aunt Regina and Kelly.

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