I didn’t really like the idea of our vacation being totally cut short by the weather, although Tony was itching to get back to work (there were things that needed to be done). The weather here was beautiful, so I asked Tony if maybe he could work half days or something and we could finish our vacation in our Shenandoah. He agreed enthusiastically.
So, a couple of days after we got home, we took the bikes up to Skyline Drive and hiked to Furnace Mountain. It was a nice hike, but long.
The best thing about doing things near home is that if you see something you want to do (again), you don’t have to travel for days to do it.
On the way back, Tony noticed this funny looking flower. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s pretty cool. What you can’t see very well in this picture is the way the stem is weird and kind of fringe-y.
Tony didn’t mention in this post or this one that we left Acadia early because of all the rain. We spent all of the trip to Acadia (minus one day in New Hampshire) in either rain or heavy clouds. Once we got to Acadia, we had a day of sun, a day of light clouds, and a day of heavier clouds. We were tired of dealing with the rain, so we decided that we would go home. At least at home, if it rained, we could be productive, rather than sitting around wishing we could be doing something outside. Doing things outside was the point of the trip, after all.
So, while the weather was still good, we did one more hike in Acadia. The picture Tony posted of the climb to the top of South Bubble Mountain didn’t really give a good sense of what we were climbing up. It’s not nearly as bad as the panorama makes it look. There were some stair-like formations, rather than simply being a cliff face. It wasn’t easy and it was definitely a little scary, but I would have refused to climb up something like what I see in the panorama.
Anyway, we left Acadia that night and went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where we found yet another reason to not go on vacation in the spring. I’d planned to stop in Portsmouth to visit the USS Albacore Park, but they are only open certain days in the spring. We had just missed the last day they were open until the end of the week. At that point, we said, “Let’s just go home.” So we left Portsmouth and drove the rest of the way home. I have to say, I’m glad we did. The weather has been much nicer here than just about anywhere on our trip. And we’ve been doing vacationy things (Tony’s been working some too) in the afternoons and evenings.
If you haven’t already read Tony’s posts about Acadia, you should read those first (here and ). I’m too lazy to duplicate his effort, so I’m filling in the little bits and pieces that I thought were interesting that weren’t included in his posts.
Tony was really interested in the tidal pools. It was probably pretty obvious in his Small Things post. I told him after the first set of pictures we took that it was kind of boring (he had me holding his jacket over his head while he took pictures…I couldn’t see anything). He thought I meant the tidal pools, so he left me behind to go and look at them the next time. That was even more boring and not what I meant at all.
I thought the trail markers were really cool. In addition to the paint (which is what I’m used to), there were these cairns.
Although Wonderland was pretty, Tony’s description was pretty accurate. After the things we’d seen and the things we were yet to see, the name didn’t really seem to fit. The walk was pretty – there’s no question about that. Somehow, it just didn’t seem to measure up to things we saw before or after.
There are more Maine pictures here.
Though it took us nearly a week, we finally got to Acadia. On the way from Augusta/Waterville, Maine, we crossed this bridge. We debated going into the park to try to get into the tower (you can see on the left there are windows at the top), but figured we’d waited long enough to see Acadia. We thought we might try to see what the deal was on the way home (which didn’t work out because then it was raining…again!).
You can read about what we actually did on Tony’s blog. He wrote about it here and here. You should check that out because I’m don’t really want to duplicate his work.