Perhaps it’s useful . . . instructive . . . to see my Casual Friday clothes re-purposed as vacation wear with a limited prop box of accessories? And to see the glories of Maine?
The Photographer and I are trying to divide our time between three major activities:
(1) lazing on our floating dock, (2) eating, and (3) seeing local points of interest.
On Tuesday, we visited Belfast and Searsport.
Here we are exploring the docks.
You’ve previously seen this sweater and these pants here with fancy espadrilles. Fancy espadrilles are not for the working waterfront. Non, non.
The Photographer and I noticed this plaque on the pier and thought we would each be very lucky to earn such a memorial.
Continuing to nose about, we found the Blue Alpaca Farm store, where I was persuaded to try on an alpaca hat.
The Photographer loves this hat, but I think it is a bit much for me.
I bought some fingerless gloves knitted from alpaca wool instead: a pair for me and a pair for a colleague.
In Searsport we visited the Penobscot Maritime Museum, which is a beautifully maintained group of houses and barns holding many artifacts from the region’s history of maritime trades. At one point during the nineteenth century, the majority of the country’s sea captains came from Searsport, Maine.* The museum was a bit undercurated for my taste — I like text heavy exhibits that convey strong narratives, themes, and compelling trivia — but if you like paintings of ships, this is the place for you! The paintings are really wonderful, so that recommendation is not a joke. I would go again and I definitely would bring children there.
There was a cabin-size camera obscura on the grounds of the museum; I posed outside and The Photographer popped inside and snapped this image from the back wall.
If you are hungry in (or around) Belfast, I recommend Chase’s Daily on Main Street — everything is beautiful and delicious. We picked up a beautiful quiche and cookies and ate them on the grounds of the Maritime Museum.
On the way back to our cottage, we stopped at Moose Point State Park. Such a beautiful spot! Rolling fields above the water are perfect for a picnic.
On Wednesday, we bestirred ourselves early and drove from Camden to Mt. Desert Island (approximately 2 hours) to visit Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.
Bar Harbor: Very pretty! But we prefer Camden. Many of the best restaurants in Bar Harbor seem to be open only for dinner. We had an okay, but not great, lunch at a restaurant that received 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.**
You’ve seen this dress before, too. It’s perfect for a day of sight-seeing and light physical activity.
The dress and sandals are surprisingly good for scrambling over rocks.
To be clear, we did not hike up the mountain. We drove up, and witnessed a screaming fight in the parking lot over a spot close to the entrance. The drivers involved did not realize that there were plenty of spots around the corner . . .
Regardless of how one got to the top, we all had the same magnificent view.
* Admittedly, this is a piece of compelling trivia and I did learn it at the Penobscot Maritime Museum. Even better, we learned that when American Revolutionary naval captain John Paul Jones engaged a British convoy and realized his ship, the Bonhomme Richard, would be quickly outgunned by the British frigate Serapis, he sailed into the Serapis, lashed the ships together, boarded Serapis with his men, fought hand-to-hand, won, and sailed away in the superior Serapis.
** I like Trip Advisor, but it has its limits. The reviews are not indexed against reviewer expectations, which means that people tend to level harsher reviews against more expensive places. Not helpful! Cost is totally objective. I don’t need someone to tell me that a place is expensive; I can see that on the menu. We had our best meal in Camden at a restaurant that only received 4 stars on Trip Advisor . . . and the Subway just outside town received 3.5. The Subway reviews, though, are worth the read. One review, in its totality, said, “It was better than last time.”