Heading South ;o)) – Monday – July 1, 2013

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Monday, July 1st
Travel day: Sunset Point CG, Lubec, ME to Narrows Too CG, Trenton, ME
Distance: 86 miles :o)))
Our travels today were from F to G on the map… heading south;o))0 - Travel to Narrows Too CP - Trenton, ME  86 miles
It was a short, easy trip from Lubec to Trenton, Maine…
Just a few miles from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park!!
Nice ride along Route 1 South.  No traffic and beautiful views!!
1 - Travel to Trenton - Rt 189 from Lubec to Rt 11c - Travel to Trenton - Rt 1 a little foggy but pretty1e - Travel to Trenton - Rt 1 just looks like Maine1f - Travel to Trenton - Rt 1 just looks like Maine
We made a left turn on Rt 3 at Ellsworth.  Getting close to Acadia NP and Trenton, Maine.1g - Travel to Trenton - Rt 3 almost there 1h - Travel to Trenton - Rt 3 arriving in Trenton
Our campground, Narrows Too, is less than a mile from Mt. Desert Island.
We were the first to arrive. However, our site was not vacated yet.
I snapped a few pictures while we had lunch and waited to get on our site.
1j - Narrows Too Campground - Office 1j2 - Narrows Too Campground - Pool
Office                                                              Pool

First View of Acadia NP Mountains1k - Narrows Too Campground - View of Acadia NP Mountains
While we were waiting, Gin & Syl and Dan & Tricia arrived.
It was great to see them all and within no time, we were all set up.
725 – Bill &Nancy                           727 – Gin & Syl                            728 – Dan & Tricia

1l - Narrows Too Campground - 725 - Bill and Nancy1m - Narrows Too Campground - 727 - Gin and Syl1n - Narrows Too Campground - 728 - Dan and Tricia

However, somebody is missing on Site 726 :o((1o - Narrows Too Campground - 726 - Rick and Gail's site
Unfortunately, Gail & Rick had to cancel… we’ll miss you!! 
We promise to eat some Lobstah' for you:o) 
Can’t wait to cross the bridge and head to Acadia NP!!1l2 - Narrows Too Campground - 725 - view of Acadia
But first things first…. we’ve got a birthday to celebrate!!
There’s the birthday girl 'Syl' in the middle.
02a - birthday - Syl, Pam, Tricia
How convenient…
there’s a Lobster Pound right across the street from the campground!!!
02b - Eating Lobster for Syl's Birthday02b1 - Eating Lobster for Syl's Birthday
Most of us had lobster rolls.  Syl having her first bite!!02b2 -  Syl's Birthday Lobster Roll
The lobster was sauteed in butter and warm.
Everyone agreed it was better than cold with mayo;o(
Dan opted for the WHOLE lobster.
02b2b - Eating Lobster for Syl's Birthday
Watching him pick it clean, it was obvious he had done that before;o))
After dinner, we gathered for Birthday Brownies and Ice Cream!!
02d - Birthday Brownies02e - Happy Birthday Syl
Happy Birthday, Syl :o)))

Last Day in Lubec, Maine – Sunday – June 30, 2013

We woke to more gray skies, 
 BUT  it wasn’t raining:o))
Earlier this week, when we hiked at Boot Cove Preserve,
we met the only other hiker there. 
She was from Maine and hikes this area often. 
One of her favorite places to hike is in Cutler, just down the road.
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6 - Cutler Land Preserve Trails Overview
She told us there are several different hikes from 3 to 10 miles long. 5 - Cutler Land Preserve Trails Description
As long as the rain stays away, we decided to hike the Black Point Brook Loop!!
So we packed a lunch and headed south to Rt 191 towards Cutler.
2 - Rt 191 to Cutler
Yea, it was a bit foggy…. BUT no rain;o)
We found the Cutler Land Trust on the left and parked next to the only other car in the lot.3 - Cutler Land Preserve 4 - Cutler Land Preserve Parking Lot
The trails are described as “a taste of wilderness along the Maine coast!”
12 - Cutler Hike Map 
The Black Point Brook Loop
 would take us along the coast and return through the woods.
The Trailhead
7 - Trailhead

We hiked along the balance beam, over the rocks and through the pines:o) 8 - Another Balance Beam Trail9 - A few Rocks10 - Through the Pines
At about the half mile mark,
 11 - half mile mark
we connected with the Inland Trail.
 13 - Choosing the Coastal Trail
We continued straight along the Coastal Trail…
over the stream and under the trees!!
.14 - Across the Stream15 - Under the Sea
We hiked about another mile before we reach the coastal lookout.
16b - Approaching the Lookout Area
16 - Approaching the Lookout Area17 -  the Lookout Area
As we started down the rock steps for a closer view,
17a - Down the Steps for a closer view
a Bald Eagle flew out of the fog!!!
17a2 -  the Lookout Area - Eagle
A beautiful sight even in the fog:o))17b -  the Lookout Area - Eagle
The views at the bottom of the rock steps left us speechless……..
19 - Pretty but Foggy20b - Angry Sea20 - Angry Sea21 - Foggy Crevise
The sea was angry and the fog was thick.
We attempted to continue along the Coastal Trail,
but the fog blocked the view and yesterday’s rain made the trail too muddy:o((22 - starting coastal hike 23 - Time to turn back
So we backed tracked to the car for a total of 3.28 miles.
24 - Back the way we came 25 - 3.28 miles
We were disappointed that we didn’t get to hike the coast,
but now we have a good reason to return:o)
We decided not to drive directly back to the campground.
Instead we hung a right at Boot Cove Road toward Quoddy Head State Park.
On the corner, where we turned, was an abandoned General Store.
30 - Boot Cove Rd Turnoff - FitzHenry's Store
Right behind the store was the Funeral Home…. interesting!?!?!
31 - Boot Cove Rd Turnoff - Funeral Home behine FitzHenry's Store
At Quoddy Head State Park, hiking conditions were about the same as we had just left:o((
So we headed down the steps to explore the beach for a little while:o))
40 - Quoddy Head SP - Steps to the beach
40b - Quoddy Head SP - wander the rocky beach43 - Quoddy Head SP - Tide was out42 - Quoddy Head SP -Fog was thick41 - Quoddy Head SP - Sea was angry44 - Quoddy Head SP -  Surf was pounding
It may be our last visit this trip,
49 - Quoddy Head SP - Heading Home no coastal hike today
but I feel certain we will walk these steps again:o))
Back at the motorhome, we had our packed lunch and chilled for the afternoon.
We still had one more interesting adventure before we leave in the morning!!
After dinner, we headed to Uncle Kippy’s just a mile down the road.61 - Uncle Kippy's - Ukulele Band - Street Parking only
The parking lot was pack and we had to park along the road.
What was all the excitement about at Uncle Kippy’s???
Tonight they were featuring...
The University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Band :o))60 - Uncle Kippy's - Ukulele Band
The place was packed and the stage didn’t have enough room for all the band!!62 - Uncle Kippy's - Ukulele Band - Full House
The gentleman on the right in the yellow shirt is the leader of the band.66 - Uncle Kippy's - Man in yellow shirt on right is Professor and Band Leader
I don’t have a video camera to bring you the real fun this group has,
but here is a link to a U-tube video if you would like to learn more about the band.
We had a wonderful couple hours at a front row table 65 - Uncle Kippy's - Campground Lady - got us front row seats
thanks to this sweet lady from the campground:o))64 - Uncle Kippy's - Campground Lady - sweetheart
What a special ending to our visit to Lubec :o))
We’ll be back!!!