Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We Did That Too! Plus Cookies and Mosquitoes!

This past weekend, July 16-18th, 2010, President Obama and his family took a vacation to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine.  We got to see them climbing up Cadillac Mountain and taking in all the beautiful scenery!

Back in the summer of 1995, we took a trip to Acadia for our summer vacation.  We didn't stay in a nice hotel or have the secret service clear the way for us. However, we have very fond memories of our time there.

We visited Acadia in late June 1995.  We setup our tent as the biggest mosquitoes I have ever seen swarmed at us from all directions.  The kids, 6 and 8, don't remember that part.  They remember telling us they were hungry, and me handing them a bag of Chip's Ahoy cookies.  When they asked how many could they have (usually the limit was two apiece), I said "As many as you want!  Now go play while we set up this tent!"  Only years later did I learn that they took that permission to heart and each had 6 or 8 cookies!

Like the Obamas, we went to the top of Cadillac Mountain

We enjoyed a few hours at wonderful Sand Beach 

We sat around a good camp-fire

where it wasn't too cold for marshmallows.  However, even the smoke couldn't keep the mosquitoes away!

Mosquitoes were the bane of the trip!  Either you were warm by the fire with mosquitoes or cold in the screen room without.  That left us going to bed at about 8 pm.  We coped for a couple of days, saw all the main views and packed up for home earlier than we had planned.  We braved a few more tent camping trips before my husband declared that renting a house or a condo for the week would be more to his liking.  Since then that has been our way!  Beds, sofas, TVs, showers, rugs, kitchens and SCREENS have been part of our motto!  But as always, the trials of life seem to bring the most vivid memories. 

I hope the Obamas enjoyed themselves.  I hear they stayed in a hotel (with screens no doubt)!  Acadia National Park is a wonderful place where mountains meet islands and the sea.  Cadillac Mountain is the tallest peak on America's North Atlantic seaboard at 1532 feet. The view is magnificent. There are also many hiking paths, lakes and other vistas to enjoy. One caveat, the water is cold! It rarely gets above 55 degrees, even in the summer.

All and all, I have buzzing great memories of my stay there!

1 comment:

  1. Kathy, Very enjoyable piece. As another person who did all those things, it was fun to read that you did the same thing. Love Sand Beach. Now I want to go again. (Has nothing to do with the Pres., it is just a great place.) Thanks for this article.