Kerri in the Wild.
Maine was awesome. Despite the crazy long drive (6 hours from Providence, where we left from on Saturday morning), Acadia National Park was gorgeous and Bar Harbor was the perfect little seaside town to explore.
On Sunday morning, we woke up at 4:33 (Larry Bird) in the morning and drove up Cadillac Mountain to see the sunrise. According to the geniuses at Wikipedia, Cadillac Mountain is the first place in North America that sees the sunrise. And we watched that sun come up, all right. We were exhausted, but it was truly beautiful.
After watching the sun rise, we ventured down to Bar Harbor to rustle up some breakfast. Since it was well before seven in the morning, we had plenty of time to kill. The views of the actual harbor were so beautiful that we snapped a pile of pictures.
The breakfast place we found was AWESOME - 2 Cats Inn and Restaurant. Among the very first patrons that day, we enjoyed an excellent organic breakfast (which included a biscuit with strawberry-flavored butter - so, so awesome) and woke up slowly. I'd recommend this breakfast joint to anyone. The service was a little slow, but the food was among the best I've ever had. And there was a cat sauntering through the dining room, which I thought was cool. Against health codes? Sure. But I don't care.
In Acadia National Park, we drove the Park Loop and tried to see as many parts of the park as we could. We visited Thunder Hole twice, but the tides were never high enough to experience the full effects of the promised "Thunder." We had to bring our own waves. (HA - the puns never stop!)
The hiking trails were great, too, and my blood sugars seemed to enjoy working out in a different environment. We did the 3.3 mile loop around Jordan Pond (and yes, we had popovers at the Jordan Pond Tea House) and later in the day, we climbed up Gorham Mountain. The views were incredible, and being the only people on the mountain at that time of day made us feel like we were real explorers (nevermind the cairns placed on the mountain). We reached the summit after a hard 0.9 mile hike up.
Even camping out was decent - we devoured s'mores (after taking a full hour to make a damn fire) and slept in our tent. The dirt and I made our peace with one another. And we have a whole slew of photos on Flickr, if you want to see more of the scenery.
The Internet is intruiging. Work is comfortable. And checking out what different cities have to offer is fun. But being out there in the woods and seeing what nature has to offer - that's a whole different kind of existance.