Mount Desert Campground didn’t have any more nights available for us to stay there, so we decided to move onto a motel for the next few days. Despite it being smack in the middle of the summer season on Mt. Desert Island, we’ve been lucky finding accommodations. We packed up this morning after doing a little sap removal from the tent fly. Our campsite was lovely, on the water and shaded by a big hemlock that dripped a lot of sap on the platform we were camping on, as well as the rain fly of our tent. A little research suggested that hand-sanitizer might work, and Alan was able to get the fly clean without too much elbow grease.
We biked on roads over to Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. This was the easiest access point to the carriage roads that criss-cross the park. In the early 1900s, John D. Rockefeller, Jr conceived of and oversaw the construction of a network of roads on his property on Mt. Desert Island. These roads allowed him and his visitors to travel by horse-and-carriage and enjoy the beautiful scenery without encountering cars. When he donated the land to what has become Acadia National Park, these roads became a big draw for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders alike. After the narrow shoulders and crazy drivers on the main roads of Mt. Desert Island, getting on the carriage road at Eagle Lake was a real pleasure. The remainder of our ride to the hotel was almost entirely on the peaceful and well-graded carriage roads. I can’t wait to explore more of the island by riding on these paths.
We checked in to the Edenbrook motel and cleaned up. Our room is small, but will serve us just fine for another few days in Acadia. An added plus of the Edenbrook is that it is right on an Island Explorer bus route, so we hopped the bus into Bar Harbor again after settling in to our room. Alan and I had lunch at Galyn’s on Main Street: our first lobster rolls in Maine. Delicious, and so much less work than picking a steamed lobster. After lunch, Alan found a barbershop and had his first haircut since Pennsylvania! We had an afternoon ice cream and then hopped the bus back to the motel. Our bus stop is across the street at the College of the Atlantic’s Natural History Museum. We wandered around the museum a bit and talked with the docent. She recommended a few restaurants with good vegetarian options that we want to try out in Bar Harbor. We’ll go back into Bar Harbor one more time tonight to hit the grocery store and pick up breakfast and a few snacks for our early whale watching expedition tomorrow.