Trenton is a bordering town to Mount Desert Island, Maine. Our reason for staying there is that it offered all the conveniences of getting in and out of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park without actually staying on the island itself. The problem with staying nearer to the center of Mount Desert Island (“MDI”, as the Down Easter’s call it), is that any trips to a major grocery store or hardware store take 14 miles at 40 mph (when traffic is good, which it often isn’t right now because of construction on one of MDI’s major roadways).
Acadia National Park comprises a major piece of Mount Desert Island as well as some of the outlying islands and a peninsula. The three major features to it besides the trees and coastline are Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, and the Sand Beach. We did not see the latter because of the parking situation there.
The traffic in and around the park is fine, but the parking areas are a congested. There was no mistaking the fact that it was summer vacation for most people. Suffice to say that we had plenty of company during our visit.
Naturally, our first stop into Acadia was the town of Bar Harbor. It’s pretty, but you’ll probably have to park a mile outside of town if you go on a weekend. We got lucky and after driving around for 15 minutes or so downtown and found someone leaving their parking spot. We learned to go later in the day after all the tourists had been there.
Our trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain (about 1,500 feet elevation) and Jordan Pond in Acadia was done during a foggy day. It had been cloudy for a couple days prior so I figured we had better take our chance while we could.
We stayed at Timberland Acres RV Park in Trenton. It is one of the better parks you’ll find, but I’m guessing the Bar Harbor market is pretty competitive, so the bar is really high (no pun intended). We had a clear view of the sky, so there was lots of star gazing, and our satellite TV worked fine. Our pull-through lot measured 65 paces, which was enough to park our RV and three more just like on the site. Although the pool was nice, the weather wasn’t all that warm to swim in it unless you were a kid on summer vacation.
I spent a few days doing some maintenance around the RV, such as replacing the AC controller that I purchased a year ago, and replacing a couple lift motors for the exhaust fans. I also got around to washing 2,100 miles of dirt and bugs off the RV. Unfortunately, and you should take note here, the auxiliary compressor has sprung a leak, and I had to develop a work around to keep it from running non-stop until we get home. Cha-ching, cha-ching.
Maine lays claim to lobster. Many people don’t know it, but lobster didn’t start out as a glory crustacean: It was fed mainly to servants and prisoners during the 1800’s. However, this ugly-as-hell animal has crept into society’s heart and commands about $13.00 a pound in Bar Harbor. We tried a couple of them, including the lobster roll previously mentioned, and we were underwhelmed. Personally, I find a good Mahi-Mahi or sea bass to be much more palatable.
As for the term “lobster pound,” it refers to anyplace live lobsters are kept. As such, a restaurant labeled “pound” will have live lobsters that you can usually take home and, of course, eat there.
Well that’s it for Bar Harbor. Following a quick stop in Augusta, ME, we’ll be on our way to Vermont.