What's the smartest thing you can do just a week after moving to a new place, new state, and new work arrangement?
Why it's getting into the car and driving 5 hours to bar Harbor, Maine, of course!!
Chris and I love Bar Harbor. We love checking out the lobster pounds, driving along the scenic highways, and climbing up to the tops of mountains and watching the sun rise.
But this round, it was cold. As I mentioned yesterday, Alaska-cold, and it kept us from climbing up any mountains because our extremities would have frozen right off our bodies. So, instead, we went from active 30-somethings to actual "leafers." We took more photos of frigging leaves that the memory card on my Nikon almost yawned.
But we thought they were awesome, so we didn't listen to the bored Nikon. "Screw you, camera! Just take the pictures."
Once again, we ended up at the top of Cadillac Mountain, only not in time for the sunrise this year. (Because that would have been at 4:45 in the morning, and no thank you). But we did see the finest of the New England fall foliage from the summit, looking down on the harbor below.
Despite the cold, we really took in plenty of the brisk, fresh air and the natural beauty. (I'll also have to post the outtakes with this stupid hat, because I looked like a complete tool. More on that later. But it was cold up there, so screw fashionable.)
But we didn't just sit around in the car and take pictures of leaves. We did the 3.0 mile Jordan Pond nature trail again this year, and then rewarded ourselves with popovers and blueberry tea at the teahouse. The views from the nature trail were spectacular.
And of course, before we left on Monday afternoon, we had a fantastic breakfast at my favorite place EVER, the 2 Cats Inn in downtown Bar Harbor. The food is so delicious, and they have this strawberry butter that you can put on your fresh-baked biscuit that is just SO epic.
I love Maine. (Granted, my blood sugars did NOT love Maine entirely. If I wasn't low - hello, 2 am blood sugar of 29 mg/dl - I was cresting up around 190 mg/dl. I couldn't adjust to the food/exercise mess for the weekend, but I'm thankfully settled back into range now. More on that later, too.) Chris and I are already planning our trip for next year!