The Maine Event – Portland and Acadia, ME

 

Group shot at Sand Beach in Acadia

Group shot at Sand Beach in Acadia

I’m a little behind on blogging. This blog takes place over Mother’s Day in Maine, and it’s now the middle of July and we are in Montana. I promise I’ll catch up one of these days!

Maine. A long-time destination for Chris and me. And we finally made it! This was about as far away from home as we were going to get on this trip. From here on out, we’d officially (and slowly) be working our way home to California. We put up at a campground called Wassamki Springs – about a fifteen minute drive outside of Portland, the capitol city. We had a couple of days to explore Portland before our friends Scott and Sarah arrived from California to visit and check out the “Pine Tree State” (Maine’s official nickname) with us.

Chris teaching Zeph about the finer things in life

Chris teaching Zeph about the finer things in life

Portland, ME, is a pretty cool city. There are good options for food (first decent Mexican food place we found on the East Coast – El Rayo – that made some tasty al pastor tacos) and coffee (Speckled Ax – a wood roasted single-cup coffee brewery shop, with a killer chai latte as well), as well as a Whole Foods (yay) and plenty of other fun things to see and do.

El Rayo Mexican Restaurant in Portland, Maine

El Rayo Mexican Restaurant in Portland, Maine

We happened to be in Portland for Mother’s Day, so I got to pick the day’s itinerary. First up was cruising around downtown, window shopping. Zeph fell asleep in his stroller so Chris and I settled at Speckled Ax Coffee Shop and we quickly figured out it was totally our kind of place. We had just bought a travel Scattergories game across the street randomly, so we broke it out and played a few rounds and drank our delicious warm drinks. On our way back to the Moho at the campground, we stopped at Smiling Hill Farm. This place was so fun! They have a full on exploratory playground/farm with homemade playground toys in the shapes of trains, tractors and trucks, and plenty of cows and goats and sheep and chickens and rabbits to see too. And – to top it all off – they make delicious ice cream there. As you can imagine this was the perfect end to a relaxing Mother’s Day for me.

Zeph and Chris in the goat barn at Smiling Hill Farm

Zeph and Chris in the goat barn at Smiling Hill Farm

Scott and Sarah, our friends from back home that actually were our Youth Group kids once upon a time, came in a day or two later. We cruised Portland, took them to Speckled Ax and Smiling Hill Farm, and had campfires with our neighbors at the campground.

We love this place

We love this place

Soon, it was time to move north – to Acadia National Park. This was the maine (ha) reason we’d come to the most northeastern state in the US. Anytime we’ve asked fellow travelers what their favorite spots were, they’ve always said Acadia (if they’d been up there). We were expecting great things and we were not disappointed. Scott and Sarah made the drive up with us, and for once I didn’t have to sit in the “navigator’s seat” – I gladly handed that job over to Scottie. We camped at Blackwoods campground in the park, no hook-ups for us! Just plain ol’ roughing it. There weren’t even any showers in the campground! Luckily there was a little building down the road with coin-operated hot showers. We do have a shower in the Moho, but there’s not enough fresh water in the tank to allow us all a decent shower or two.

Ahhh, Acadia...

Acadia is known for its hiking trails, so we set off to explore a few. On May 18, which was Zephyr’s second birthday, we started the day off with breakfast pancakes cooked on the griddle outside and Z opening some little presents. From there we went up to Jordan Pond, where the cool café had just opened for the season. We started walking around the lake but Zeph decided to start acting his age that day and had a mini meltdown. I volunteered to take Z back to the Moho for a nap, while Chris and Scott and Sarah hiked “the Beehive” trail. To my surprise, when they returned a couple hours later, Sarah was wearing a beautiful new diamond ring on her finger because SCOTT PROPOSED TO HER AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN. So cool!!! We had to celebrate, so we drove into Bar Harbor (the local town just outside of the park) to fete the new engagement and the two-year-old boy. It was a big day for everyone!

Scott and Sarah check out a beautiful lake in Acadia National Park

Scott and Sarah check out a beautiful lake in Acadia National Park

After some more hiking adventures with S&S in some really pretty places (Gorman Trail to Cadillac Cliffs Trail was super cool – see pics at the bottom of the blog), we had to say good-bye to the newly engaged couple and send them back on an airplane to California. We were sad to see them go, but by now we’ve learned the adventures on this trip never stop so we kept driving north… right into international territory! That’s right, our next journey brings us to America’s hat – Canada!

Loved this day at Sand Beach in Acadia

Loved this day at Sand Beach in Acadia

 

  • Joe/Lisa Grant

    Hey guys, we’re in Montana too. Staying in Kalispell, going to Glacier today. Would love to see you — where are you?

  • Yay! I’ve been waiting patiently for this post!!! I can not imagine a better place and people to have played such a big part of Scott & Sarah’s story! Love you guys! Thanks for loving on my kids!

    • zephyrsunrise

      Love you Nanc!!!