Sunday, October 16, 2016

On to Acadia

My long time dream has been to come back to Acadia with more time. Last time I was here was exactly 2 years ago. Thank you to my Mother I was able to do it for my birthday. I booked a cabin at the same place I stayed before. I like it here. I have a kitchen and I grocery shopped to keep expenses down. I will cook at home and pack lunch for hikes.
I had originally planned to kick out another 4000 footer hike before I left New Hampshire but after yesterday I didn't want to be too sore to enjoy it here so I headed out at 8:30 deciding to make the drive across Maine another facet of this adventure.
I smiled and laughed out loud many times. The leaves and the mountains and the sunshine. I mean really, how the hell can all that not just make your heart so freaking happy?

This house deserved the u-turn just because it was so beautiful. 
I also hit a yard sale along the way. 
As I rounded a corner I could see the top of suspension cables and a sign saying 1/2 mile to view point.
Well, this is your view point. It is the largest suspension bridge in Maine. They added an observation tower at the top which you may be able to see in the left tower. It is the 3 rows of windows.
Well guess what? Not only can you go to the top for $7 you can also walk through Fort Knox. 
Like that's a real place! All those jokes about Fort Knox are because it is a real Baddass fort. 
Did you also know that 25% of the gun powder used in the Civil War came from Maine. Well it did. I learned a couple things while there. 
Because I am fine with sharing my weirdness here I will explain I am terrified of heights so as you exit the elevator 450-ish feet up you are faced with glass about 5 feet in from of you. You then walk around the elevator shaft on stairs surrounded by glass for 2 more flights to a platform which is 360 degrees of glass. All photos that follow were taken with 2 feet firmly planted and usually a hand on some railing not on the edge.
Laugh-Go ahead. This shit was scary!!

Once I got the photos I wanted I was out. 50 second elevator ride and I was happily back on the ground.
Now to the fort. My only complaint was they must have had some type of Haunted house event at night and it really sucked a little. I loved the arches at the entrance and the rooms but there were blow up decorations and coffins and crap all over. 
All in all it was really very beautiful.
These were officers quarters.
Spiral stairs on each corner. Below is the bakery because you know I can't go anywhere without visiting a bakery even if it's Civil War bread.
And here is home. Cabin #7. 
And on a small side note-if you are still working on the remaining hang ups left from a guy you used to date it's always epic to show up to a place with 20 cabins and be staying IN THE EXACT SAME FUCKING CABIN THAT YOU SLEPT IN WITH HIM!!
Moving right along....
Do you see all this crap? It's like I'm staying a week. Oh wait, I am staying a week.
So after making some quick lunch I jumped back in the car to look around. I want a Park Loop pass so I can park in the lots this week but I couldn't find any place open after 5pm. I'm thinking I will be at the gate waiting. After I finish this post I will look at my map again. I have post it notes all over with proposed hike loops to get me back to my car or I brought my bike thinking it will be my shuttle.
I had originally thought I forgot that map at home so after driving around I headed to Bar Harbor and bought another only to find the map when I looked in my bag for the 4th time.  
The MDI Marathon was today so town was packed like Hyannis in August but I suspect it will empty out over the next day or so and Tuesday is supposed to rain. 
Be sure to check back tomorrow.

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40
5/20/18 YPD Run to Remember 37.37 12:08