Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Acadia National Park

 Our 9 nights in Lake George complete, and business concluded, we are off again on new adventures.   I'm writing this from Bar Harbor, Maine.   Tomorrow we cross into Canada and begin the Canadian portion of our summer adventures.

The map below shows our route from Lake George, NY thru the Green Mountains of Vt, across New Hampshire, and north thru Maine.

Trip Map - Albany NY to Acadia NP Maine

Since our last post and prior to leaving, I visited with my staff from my old job.   The dogs came along and had about 10,000 sq feet of carpeted office to run around.    We had lunch in the conference room and while there the girls ran around and around having a ball 

Dogs gone Wild - Conference Room Edition

I also installed a new Microwave/Convention Oven in the bus as the old one was getting a bit wonky and I did not want to wait for it to crap out at the worst time.

Kate was visiting with friends and getting that 90lb behemoth up into place by myself,  while stretching across a kitchen counter took a bit of ingenuity.   I used the packing box and leveling pads to assist me in my endeavours.   I really should have taken some photos because it was quite a process.

Mounted and in place

On the way to Maine we took US route 4 thru Vermont.  This is mostly two-lane winding its way thru the mountains and passes thru some scenic towns.  Most notably is Woodstock, Vt.    A super quaint town with gorgeous architecture.     Below we passed by the town square (Saturday morning) as they were preparing for some sort of farmers market or town fair.    You can get a glimpse of some of the architecture looking thru the trees at the home in the distance

Woodstock, Vt Village Square
8.5 hrs after leaving Lake George we were settling into our next stop for 4-nights, the Hadleys Point RV park about 5 miles from Bar Harbor.

Hadley's Point RV Park Site #D-51

Kate decided to test drive the new convection oven.    She had some Baked Ziti that needed to be cooked so she set the preheat to 375°.   What she did not do is look inside first, and left the plastic dish cover inside.    So when she opened up the door to put the Ziti in, she found the strange looking item below.

Elephant Condom?

Our first full day in Maine (Sunday) saw us grabbing a reservation (timed entry) for the road to the top of Cadillac Mountain.   We've been here a couple of times before but never tire of the view.

Cadillac Mountain Acadia NP

We are now taking Annie & Phoebe in the footsteps of all the places that Gracie and Lucy had roamed.  Two new dogs to show the world too.    And lots of potential photoshoots.     Their darker colors make photographing them more challenging.   Especially Annie

Cadillac Mountain Acadia NP
Acadia, unlike many US National Parks, is pretty dog friendly.   We took the mutts on the summit loop trail which goes around the top of the mountain grabbing views in all directions.

Cadillac Mountain Acadia NP

Later, after driving to Walmart to obtain a new food cover for the microwave, we stopped and bought some fresh cooked lobster meat from which I made some lobster salad for dinner.

Lobster Salad Prep

Lobster Salad

Monday we set aside for more hikes.    One thing we'd never gotten to experience was a walk on the historic Carriage Roads that wind all over the park.

The short story:  John D Rockefeller jr wanted to keep cars off of Mt Desert Island.   Unsuccessful in that pursuit, between about 1920 and 1940 he built about 50 miles of professionally designed roads that would take in all the views on the island, but would also exclude motorized vehicles.

You can google it or click on the link above for more info about these wonderful roads.

Carriage Road - Bubble Pond Bridge  Acadia NP

The Carriage Road network includes 16 locally quarried granite block bridges, and 2 gatehouses.

Carriage Road along Bubble Pond Acadia NP

Our first Carriage Road walk of the day was a couple of miles on and out and back stroll along Bubble Pond. 

Bubble Pond Acadia NP

Along the way we saw a mother Loon and her newborns swimming along the shore.

Bubble Pond Bridge Acadia NP

Bubble Pond Bridge built 1928  Acadia NP

After our trip on the Bubble Pond road, we set off on the Park Road to see the sights.

Kate & I met 36 years ago today

The Park Road looped back around to Jordan Pond...   And another chance to stroll a carriage road

First however we walked the grounds around the Jordan Pond House.
The JPH has been serving afternoon tea on the grounds since the 1800's. 

Jordan Pond House Lawn

Jordan Pond House Acadia NP

The Jordan Pond House is situated in the heart of the Carriage Road Network, and several of the roads intersect right here.      Each numbered signpost has the names of the roads pointing in the proper direction.   The number on the signpost is noted on the maps so you can easily determine where you are. 

Carriage Road Intersection #16  Acadia NP

The two gatehouses were located where the Carriage roads intersected with the Automobile road network.   A gate was controlled by a gatekeeper who would open the gates to permit the carriages to pass thru.

In the photo below you can see a hole in the center tower.   A bell would hang there and be rung anytime someone needed the gates opened.

The Jordan Pond Gate with Gatekeepers residence in the background

There is a road outside the gate.   The carriage road crosses the road here and there is another gate on the other side of the road next to the gatekeepers house.

The map below shows the Carriage Road network, with all the numbered sign posts etc.

Carriage Road Map (Courtesy Acadia NP)

Tomorrow we are off to St Johns New Brunswick.   

Our dog International Health Certificates needed for our return to the US are done and I'm just waiting for the Vet to email them to me so that I can print them out.

Its time to add another country to Annie & Phoebes list.
They've had a pretty good run in their short lives thus far.
Annie was 16 months old 2 days ago, and Phoebe will be 1 year old in 4 days.      

So far their tally is:

Annie:   7 Countries  22 States  
Phoebe:  4 Countries  22 States

Tomorrow the Country tally will be 8 and 4 respectively.

Next stop - Canada.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Omaha Neb to Lake George NY


It's hard to believe but it's almost been a month since our last post.
Since that post from Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, we've continued our leisurely stroll east.

The trip map shows our path from Omaha, to Eastern Iowa, Central Illinois, Ohio, and finally to upstate NY where todays post originates.

Trip Map Omaha, NE to Lake George, NY

Leaving Omaha, we jumped onto I-80, pointed the bus east and crossed the Missouri River into Iowa

I-80 Missouri River Bridge

Our next stop for 5 nights was Scott County Park which is in eastern Iowa just north of Davenport.

Scott County Park Bald Eagle CG #314

The park, like many county parks in Iowa was really nice.   Clean, well laid out, and many sites with full hookups and 50a service.   The park itself is huge and has 4 or 5 campgrounds within.

While here we took a drive into Davenport and parked down by the Riverfront.   Its a decent riverfront but like so many cities on rivers, there is so much more that they could do with the space to really make it special for the community.

There is an old bandshell in the park where they have summer concerts.

After Davenport, we drove along the river to La Croix, another town further upstream.

La Croix is quaint riverfront town with a fair amount of restaurants and shops.

On the way from Omaha, I had noticed a Freighliner Dealer just before our exit.   I'd been considering replacing our chassis batteries as they were 7 years old and since the dealer was so close by I decided to go ahead and do it.   So one of my tasks while here was to pull out the two big batteries and swap them out for new ones.     Better now than somewhere along the road.

We left Iowa and continued east on I-80.    Our next stop was only 2.5 hrs down the road at the Joliet-Hollywood Casino RV Park.    We've stayed here a couple of times before.   It a decent stop in a convenient location.

While here we noticed one of those "traveling hotels".   Run by a German Company - Rotel Tours - the people travel in a bus during the day and then at night they pack into these semi-trailers.

The side below opens up and exposes cooking facilities plus entry into the individual pods.

As the truck leaves, you can see the windows on the other side of the trailer.

First thing in the morning the people were out sitting around drinking coffee and having breakfast.

We only spent 2 nights here, and then moved on about 4 hrs east to just outside of Toledo, Ohio at Maumee Bay State Park.   We've stayed here before and really like the campground.   Located right on Lake Erie, it has convention centers, golf course, beaches, and about 400 camping spaces all arranged on out and back loops, most located one of a series of ponds.

Site 141 Maumee Bay State Park

We would take our daily stroll along one of the many trails down to the water front to enjoy the cool breeze coming in off of the lake.

I needed some parts and there was a hardware store nearby.   When I visited it, I found that they also had a wonderful self service dog wash.    The dogs were clean but I could not pass up an opportunity for a nice refresh.

Phoebe after her bath

Annie gets a wash

The she gets a blow dry

A trail at Maumee Bay State Park

Traveling cross country at this time of year we have been in and out of spring several times.   Getting to enjoy and extended spring with all the flowering trees and shrubs has been fun,

A friend of ours reccomended a resturant - Stellas - in nearby Perrysburg.    About 30 min away it was a quaint downtown.   We went on Weds when the have the farmers market so we ejoyed lunch on the patio and then strolled the farmers market that began at 3p.

Stellas in Perrysburg, Oh

Lunch on the patio

Farmers market in Perrysburg, Oh

Our next stop was about 4 hrs east along I-80 and then I-90.   Located about 40 miles east of Cleveland we spent 6 nights at the Motorcoach Resort at Lake Erie Shores.    It was a unique Class A Motorhome only park.    They first laid out RV sites on very large lots.   Then as people bought the lots they started to build homes on those lots.     About a third of the sites now have homes next to the RV parking spaces.   Unlike many places like this - the homes here are fairly large.   Mostly snowbird RV types who spend some summer time here and then winter somewhere else warmer.

Lot 13 Motorcoach Lake Erie Shores

Lot 13 Motorcoach Lake Erie Shores

View of Motorcoach Lake Erie Shores

View of Motorcoach Lake Erie Shores

While here we stopped at vet in Cleveland.   I had made an appointment a week or so ago.   The US CDC issued some new rules for bringing dogs into the US on May 8 that would take effect on August 1.   We'd be coming back into the US under the new rules.   Previously the rules for getting into the US were very lax and all of a sudden the pendulum has swung the other way.  Even though our EU pet passports were always acceptable documentation, now they no longer are in the eyes of the US.

After a vet inspection  of our paperwork, he issued what he said would be required to get back into the US.    I went around and around with him as I disagreed with what he was giving me.   I said an International Export Health Certificate would be required and he disagreed.

The long and short of it was that I am correct and now have another appointment scheduled this week with a vet who seems to understand the rules and will issue us the correct forms.     This is getting expensive

Waiting at the Vet in Cleveland

The park is just outside of Geneva on the Lake, Ohio (GOTL).   The town seems like an old lake town that has seen better days.  I'm sure a lot of people come here with fond memories of visiting in their youth.   To us it just seemed like a worn out town past its glory days, and in need of a serious refreshing.

Lakeside park in GOTL

Old ferris wheel in the park

Several trips back and forth to the Cleveland suburbs were made going to Vet, Costco and Best Buy.   The latter due to my  43" Samsung Smart TV over the cockpit giving us some troubles.     Everything settled our 6 days were over and once again we were on the road headed east.

This time it was about 8 hrs to Lake George about an hour north of Albany, Ny in the Adirondack Mountains.      This is our old stomping grounds.   We lived near here, and my last 25 years prior to retiring was with a firm based out of Albany.

Site 91 Lake George RV Park

On Saturday we went to the Saratoga Springs Farmers market.   They have a real nice market with lots of farm fresh produce.

At the north end of the market is a 911 memorial made out of steel from the North and South Towers.

SS 911 Memorial

Sunday we enjoyed a visit with my boss Jeff, from my old job at his camp on the lake.   We used to have a cabin here as well.     I got to visit with him and his son Jay who took over the reigns for him in the second half of my career,  (Plus Jay's) family.

Perfect weather to enjoy the day on the lakeside wrap around porch

Lake George is 32 miles long with dozens of islands and tall green mountains tumbling down to the shore of its crystal clear waters.

There are several lake steamers operated by the Lake George Steamship Company who take tourists on scenic tours of various durations.  The company first began taking passengers on Lake George in 1817 and operates 3 vessels of different size.   The Mohican II is the oldest of the 3 having served passengers for over 115 years.

The Adirondac

The Minne-Ha-Ha

We had a great time at Jeffs place.    A beautiful location with great weather.    Its always great to see people that you spent so much of your life with.   I loved my job and the people that I worked with.

We are here for 4 more nights and have a pretty full schedule.    After here our next stop will be Bar Harbor, Me and then onward into Canada.

See you down the road.   🚌🚗💨