Maine in the summertime is bliss! We got away from New York City humidity for a little over two weeks. This trip’s purpose was to research the state before we paint. We had potentials for a wall in downtown Portland, but we are holding out for the perfect location.
We began the trip from NYC, stopping at Old Orchard Beach. This is a cute, but very touristy beach town. We walked throughout the streets and the beach and we were ready to get to Portland. It was at this point, we realized our RV refrigerator was not cooperating with us after being in storage for two months. For us, it’s crucial we have a working fridge because we cook most of our meals. One of our rules for living on the road is no fast food. We had to dine out for the first three days of this trip and quickly began to feel sluggish!
We called local RV businesses and had no luck. Luckily we found a man who would take us in the next morning. Sourcing the problem ourselves helped save time with the repair which was switching the grey valve that had corrosion. Our repair man was honest and told us, “I don’t want to take all your money for your trip…five bucks.” So we thanked him and gave him 10. If you are full-time on the road or thinking about living on the road, we highly suggest checking out craigslist for repairs. We have found the larger RV corporations don’t charge fairly and take usually two weeks before you can see them.
When the fridge was fixed, the trip truly began and we were back in full swing with Honeybear! Heading to Acadia National Park, our first mission was to find a campsite. Typically in parks, the sites located inside are cheaper, but have less amenities. We pulled into Bar Harbor Campground (outside of the main park) and checked in for two nights. We gave this place five stars because the staff was super friendly, the sites were secluded and the showers were great! They even had a pool, laundry and a great view of the bay.
In Acadia National Park, we started out at Jordan Pond. We did the loop and then halfway around, we hiked up the South Bubble to Balancing Rock. We continued back around the Pond, then stopped over at the Jordan Pond House to try the acclaimed popovers with jam. If you are visiting in the summertime, we recommend waiting to sit inside. They mentioned an ‘bee problem’ and we thought no big deal, but it was.
Visiting National Parks you have the option of taking the free shuttle provided when traffic/parking is heavy. This also helps minimize carbon footprint in the parks! After hiking Jordan Pond, we shuttled down to Seal Beach and then the adorable town of Northeast Harbor that had cute shops and galleries with less tourists.
Our last excursion in Acadia was the Ocean Path Trail from Sand Beach where we caught some kids cliff jumping so Lisa got to test out her new long lens. The more popular part of Acadia for shops and restaurants is Bar Harbor where we spent our last night on the island walking around enjoying everyone else’s dogs 🙂
After Acadia, we made way to the top of the US East Coast. We saw the West Quoddy Head Light and learned that area of the US is on a different timezone! Next up we went to Baxter State Park, stopping along the way at Reversing Falls State Park where you can camp overnight for free in the middle of nowhere. Here the rising tide creates a reverse waterfall and you can watch seals playing in the natural whirlpools. At Baxter we were unaware that the whole park does NOT allow RVs! We were able to get to the entrance and camped at Abol Bridge Campground where we could hike a bit of the Appalachian Trail and up to the Blueberry Ledges Trail.
Trekking back home to NYC, we stopped at a few other lighthouses like Owl’s Head pictured below. We also had to make a roadside stop to say hello to these alpacas and get some local berries.
We looped back around to Portland to hang out with old friends, Leah and Matt from Ohio. We ate at Portland Lobster Company (again – so good) and walked the streets of downtown Portland together. It’s always a fortunate thing to run into friends on our trips!
We now have a wall location in downtown Portland in the works for a “Greetings from Maine” mural. We’re excited to see it come alive after realizing how truly wonderful the state of Maine is! It’s a relaxed, beautiful state filled with nice landscapes and genuine, good people.