Posted by: TheAuthor | 20/10/2011

Day 34 – Bar Harbour

We rose eagerly to get stuck into a day of outdoors activities and lobster (Maine is renowned for it after all). I paid for the campsite in the morning, whilst there I found out that the weather during the night and tomorrow would be very wet indeed. A lot of rain was forecast from 1 A.M. and not expected to stop for the entire day, this meant we had to do everything we wanted to do today or suffer being wet.

We went for an incredible hike to the ‘Beehive’, followed by Gorham Mountain and finally a coastal walk. All three spots linked into one 3-mile loop but provided continuous entertainment and views.

First up was the hike to Beehive, only a 150-metre climb but it very much felt like a quest from perhaps ‘The Lords of the Rings’. Almost vertical climbs up staples in the rock, edging around drops and winding paths through multi coloured trees. The view at the top was magnificent, even with it being overcast you could easily see islands dotted around the cove and back inland towards rolling hills.

Gorham Mountain was next, an easy down climb through the trees. Before traversing to the peak we hopped around a bog in the trail, then came the simple stroll to the summit to share the views of the cove again only this time we could also now see the ‘Sandy Beach’.

We headed almost through the rock face as we made way for the coastal path, continuing the extremely fun and varied hike – one of the most entertaining I have done. Every step of the way you were treated to a new spectacle or mini adventure.

The coastal path was brilliant, walking across the rocks right up to the crashing waves. Standing on rocks that we were observing a short while before. We even saw a seal hunting in the shore, right next to where we were standing.

The trail culminated at the Sandy Beach, the end of our epic quest. A good beach, not quite as good as ones we have already been to on our travels, nice sand and yet another view worth taking in. For a short 3-mile walk, you can’t ask for more. It had it all, except for a Moose of course.

We had some time to kill before our next adventure so, to visit a third one on our trip; we went to the Bar Harbour brewery. Unfortunately they had stopped their tours and weren’t going to conduct any more, but we could sample all of their wines and beers. All original in flavour; apple wine; blueberry and raspberry wine; blueberry ale; and molasses and ginger ale. Wonderful flavours, each one unique and quite nice to drink, The staff were very friendly and made the whole visit memorable for more than just the free alcohol.

Next on our itinerary was sea kayaking along the bay in Bar Harbour. We had a sunset tour with Aquaterra, from 4:30 P.M. finishing at 6:30 P.M. (sunset due at 5:55 P.M.) The guide was awesome, very knowledgeable and entertaining to have led you. After a thorough briefing we were in the water and set off paddling alongside a variety of islands sheltering the bay. Apart from the wide selections of birds out on the water we also saw a seal and a bald eagle, which made the trip even more fun. Battling over large waves in our tandem kayak myself and Shell had an awesome time as we gazed out to sea or back towards land. Not once did we ever hesitate or feel unsafe in the water, I guess our summer white water rafting and canoeing helped with that!

Before going to dinner we popped back into the brewery and bumped into a couple from Ohio, whom we met whilst hiking earlier on in the day. After a great many more free samples the four Kevin Alumni plus our two new friends went out for something to eat. Being in Maine we went for lobster at a restaurant recommended to us by one of the guys working at the brewery. Looking for somewhere cheap and simple we walked into a glitzy higher end place, not what we wanted but we went in all the same.

In case you’re wondering, it tasted amazing.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s Stops – 15

Alternate Coffee Stops – 2

Kilometres driven – 50km

Total Canadian Kilometres driven – 11,499km

Total distance driven – 11,667km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken

– Console Handbrake light always ‘on’

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