Saturday morning, we got up and had breakfast and hit the road by 8:30, since we had a longer day of driving. The drive down through New Brunswick and then into Maine was beautiful, and passed by uneventfully. We stopped for a late lunch just outside of Ellsworth, Maine, and then continued on into Acadia National Park. The weather was hazy, so the photo opportunities were not ideal, but we drove around the northern park loop and saw breathtaking scenery at every turn. We decided to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain for the views, which was well worth the excursion. Sunrise is at 5:00am tomorrow morning, so I don’t think we’ll be doing the sunrise-on-Cadillac-Mountain experience, thank you very much.
Next, I plugged in the coordinates for a trail I wanted to go to, and we blithely set out following the GPS to said trail. Epic fail. We were happily driving along, and then suddenly the trail just went out into the big blue patch on the GPS (the ocean) and stopped there. We had gone wayyyyy out of the way (I accept full responsibility for not double-checking the map as well as the GPS), and at that point, we decided to pack it in and go check into our night’s lodging, the charming little Twilite Motel. After doing some laundry and relaxing, we found a great Thai place for dinner. I had an excellent Massaman curry, and Mom had one of their specials – shrimp and mango curry, which was also delicious.
Sunday morning, we decided to try to find the Wonderland trail again, this time with much more success. In a way, I’m actually glad it all worked out the way it did, since the weather Sunday morning was clear and sunny instead of the haziness we had on Saturday afternoon. First, we stopped off at the Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
Finally, we found the Wonderland trailhead and set off through the woods.
At some point, Mom decided she’d gone far enough and headed back to the car, while I quickly pushed on to reach the shoreline. It was well worth going the extra distance. There were only a few other people around, and the peace and beauty of the area was incredibly uplifting.
We then left Acadia Park (though I will definitely be returning some day with my husband!) and hit the road for my mother-in-law’s house outside of Boston. (With stops along the way at the L.L. Bean outlet and the Stonewall Kitchen flagship store.) There was some frustrating end-of-the-weekend traffic, but we got there by 6:30pm and settled in for a lovely, but short, visit with my mother-in-law and her sister.
I’m now in the Boston airport waiting for my flight home – I get in at 9:30 tonight, and then have to take a cab to the Amtrak station to get my car before finally heading home! It’s going to be a long day, but it was an absolutely fabulous trip, and my mom and I had so much fun together. Thanks for reading along on our trip, and I highly recommend a visit up to Prince Edward Island and points in between!