Summer Tour 2016: Bar Harbor to Portland, ME

We did something we NEVER do: voluntarily got up at 4 am. Why? To see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. This is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6.

We were not the intrepid hikers. No, we went up in the soccer mom van. But that in itself was an adventure because the gas tank was perilously close to empty, and we were somewhat concerned we'd run out! We didn't. We made it to the top and had to park on the side of the road rather than in the parking lot, because, as you can imagine, watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is not an original idea. There was a huge crowd up there. On the one hand, I am glad so many people appreciate nature. On the other hand, I wanted them all to go away. But really... there was enough of a view for everyone to enjoy.

We were a tad late getting up there, so we missed the first cusp of sunrise. It was splendid nonetheless. We found a good spot to sip our coffee and watched the morning bloom. Once the sun was fully risen we walked around the summit loop to see what we could see. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Eventually we drove back down the mountain to Bar Harbor, and got breakast at Jeannie's Great Maine Breakfast. They open at 5 am, when the rest of the town is still asleep. After breakfast, we went back to pack up our camp, then drove over to the Jordan Pond House. The gate lodge is gorgeous. We walked the Jordan Pond loop, which has a cool boardwalk and rock scrambles. Highlights on this walk: a closeup view of a black-throated green warbler, a merganser with 3 babies! and a LOON on its NEST!!!

After our walk we did a drive-through of Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor, had fried clams for lunch, then drove to Dad's house in Cumberland. We visited a little but then had to get cleaned up for our gig at Andy's Old Port Pub.

Dad and his wife Grace and a friend came to see our show. There was not much of a crowd for the first set, but at least they were appreciative. The 2nd and 3rd sets were great. The crowd grew both in size and enthusiasm, and we even got a shout of "Encore!" at the end. Which we delivered!