we kept so busy during our time at acadia, so i’m cramming two weeks of miscellaneous down time into one post. so, without further ado….
we received a care package from the grandlidboms. it had the next size shoes for hazel that i had packed away. some bedding and towels for their upcoming visit. some autumn soaps and lotions. and a book for anna from aunt kristin. she read it in record time.
one day, during derek’s lunch break, we took a quick trip over to “thunder hole”. the kids and i had been there before, on one of our hikes, but supposedly at 2 hours before high tide, under perfect conditions, there’s loud booming sounds and big splashes. we must have missed it or the conditions weren’t just so.
on our final day before the grandlidboms came, anna and i rode the bus into bar harbor to shop and eat ice cream. it was beautiful out and i couldn’t stand sitting around the campsite, but the kids were being extra lazy and bummy and didn’t want to do anything. only ice cream could entice anna to go with me.
then we shopped again for awhile. i had scoped a few t-shirts that i was interested in the day before, but needed some kid-free time to fully contemplate my purchase. in the end, i wasn’t kid free and it was raining so there were a zillion cruise ship people milling around, taking refuge from the rain and the decision was even more stressful than the day before, but i stuck it out and settled on a green, retro, 100th anniversary acadia national park shirt. you’ll be seeing it in future blog posts. it’s my new fave.
anyhow. after this life altering decision was made, we were thrust into another crisis – where to have lunch. we decided on a lobster place near our campsite, c-rays, which we instantly regretted not eating at for every single other meal on our trip.
the kid hung out at with derek’s parents for the afternoon. anna helped make dinner and we tried out a bunch of new games that we bought at a toy store in bar harbor. isaac had an epic meltdown (commonplace). we had dinner. then we started the sad and annoying process of bringing back all of the kid’s possessions to our camper. derek packed us up as much as possible. anna spent the night with the grands. in the morning, we finished packing up camp. had a granola bar and yogurt breakfast with everyone. and said our goodbyes.
derek’s parents headed back to portland. and we headed north. and this concludes our time at acadia. and probably the best two weeks of our trip so far.