Mount Desert Island and the extended Acadia NP system has a free shuttle bus, sponsored by L.L.Bean, which covers the majority of routes. It significantly cuts down on traffic congestion and pollution and is an easy way to get around, eliminating the need for parking space searches. We took the ‘Island Explorer’ into Bar Harbor after lunch, the bus left directly from our campground. We spent some time wandering around the town: very touristy, but pretty, before going down to the harbor.
We had tickets for the Lulu Lobster boat at 3:30. Captain John narrated a tour across to Egg Rock where we were able to see the lighthouse, bald eagles, lots of different types of seagulls, harbor seals and their pups and grey seals gliding in and out of the water: awesome. On the ride back, we stopped to pull up one of his lobster pots. He’d caught 3 and held one up and explained its claws, anatomy, life cycle etc. It was very interesting, he was impressed that Jake knew a couple of answers. He brought the lobster around to show where it was vulnerable to attack by other lobsters, he asked Caitlin if she wanted to feel it: clearly and absolutely NOT! Of course, the others all did.
We brainstormed the next day about everything they could remember from the 2 hour trip and it was a lot! We were impressed at their recall of things we’d already forgotten, amazing what they can learn from a ‘hands on’ trip.
States visited: 49!
visited 49 states (98%)
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Miles driven so far -
LOOP 1 (Aug 2009 - Aug 2010): 29,000
LOOP 2 (May - August 2012): 10,800
Highest altitude with camper: 11,158ft (I-70, CO)