A small CVOA gang took to the coast on October 20 for a weekend of hiking, biking, eating, and enjoying friends in the Bar Harbor region. Fred Trask, Kathy Larson, Bill Haefele, Mary Frank, Colon Durrell, Judy Weston and I met up at the Galyn Restaurant for happy hour Friday night. The group moved on to dine at the Jack Russell Restaurant, where they put us in our own room – our reputation obviously proceeded us. All enjoyed an excellent dinner.
The fall foliage was near peak for the weekend and the weather just perfect, so sight-seeing in the park was on everyone’s to-do list. The park and town were amazingly busy, compared to previous years. When CVOA started these trips all those years ago, the place was pretty much deserted, with all the stores that hadn’t shut down already having great sales. No such sales this weekend! A large cruise ship docked Saturday morning, adding even more people to those who drove from all over the country to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. All of the parking lots in the park were overflowing. It didn’t help that the Park was no longer running the shuttle buses.
People spent Saturday and Sunday biking, hiking, sight-seeing, eating popovers at the Jordan House, and poking around downtown Bar Harbor. Everyone gathered at our room at the Cromwell for happy hour Saturday night, then had dinner at the West Side Café. Good food, but not quite as good as the night before. John Morey and Jane Tawney joined us for happy hour and dinner, as Jane lives right in Bar Harbor. Bill had spent the day cleaning out his trailer in preparation for his trip to Florida and eventually moving to Sugarloaf. As usual, he caught us up on the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park scuttlebutt.
I’ve been going to Bar Harbor and Acadia all my life, and I never fail to be awed by the place. We are so lucky to live in this State!
~ Peter Weston