3 days in Bah Habah (Bar Harbor) and Acadia, Maine

We camped at Narrows Too in Trenton, ME  just outside Bar Harbor. It’s part of the Thousand Trails/Encore group of campgrounds. There are three affiliated campgrounds and if you are camped in one you have access to all three. I believe the other two are on the island. The next morning we drove onto the island and went to Acadia National Park first. A couple of things you need to know. You have to stop at either the information center or the gate at the entrance to the one way road on the Park Loop Road and get a visitors pass to drive through the park. We’ve had the Seniors Pass for several years. It is a one time cost of $10 and is a lifetime pass. What a bargain!


Getting Around.

There are many ways to see the park. We took the Park Loop road. It’s a scenic one way road that is part of the Park Loop, that goes along the ocean.

You can’t see it in this image, but there is a working lighthouse in the distance.






Thunder Hole

Unfortunately we arrive at Thunder Hole when the tide was still coming in. We saw a little splash, but not the thunder. More like splish splash I’m taking a bath!

Trail to Thunder Hole


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If you start on the the two way road you can only go half way around because you run into the one way road. You can take the free bus (except for the pass) which stops all along the Loop. Or you can go on the Carriage Road and Bridges. The Carriage Road is only open to pedestrians or bicyclists. No motorized traffic.  Hey! I see it below…shout out to Rocky Mtn. Westy! – Eileen




 Cadillac Mountain.

If you’re an early riser you can be the first to see the sunrise on the eastern coast from early March through early October from Cadillac Mountain. We only missed it by a few hours!

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Jordan Pond House

We had lunch at the Jordan Pond House. They are pet friendly so we took Max along. YOU NEED MAKE A RESERVATION or else you’ll have an hour wait, even still it’s worth it!-Eileen



Popovers, Jordan Pond
Food was great, especially the Popovers!
View from the restaurant

Bar Harbor

We drove into Bar Harbor and got a parking space right away. That was luck!

Bar Island below is only accessible on foot or ATV at low tide. This view is from Bridge Street which is off the ocean side of West St. Parking is free in Bar Harbor for two to three hours at a time. They will come by and mark your tires and put a ticket on your windshield if you go over your time limit. A little known fact is there are no parking time limits on West St. I don’t know how little known that fact is, because we couldn’t find any open spaces. West St. is where you can get excursions to whale watch and harbor tours.

High tide.
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Looking back at Bar Harbor from Bar Island.



we had dinner at Abel’s Lobster Pound. We were going to eat outside on the picnic tables, but as it was close to 6:30 pm and starting to get chilly we opted for a table with a view. As we were eating we could see diners putting jackets on to stay warm.  Abel’s is only open from July to Sept.  Bummer!



Where they cook the lobsters.

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A great way to end our dinner and trip!

From my daughter Robin who goes to Acadia at least twice a year.

 Places to Eat & Drink:

The Lompoc (awesome food, brew, music) – http://www.lompoccafe.com/ . We always get the “bang bang chicken” sandwich.

McKays (nice dinner) – http://www.mckayspublichouse.com/ . Scott usually gets the “seafood risotto.”

Jordan Pond House (popovers, located in the park, beautiful view, need reservations to sit outside otherwise it’s a very long wait of an hour or more) – http://acadiajordanpondhouse.com/ .

Geddy’s (casual) – http://www.geddys.com/ .

Café This Way (breakfast and dinner, great food) – http://www.cafethisway.com/ .

Rosalie’s (pizza) – http://www.rosaliespizza.com/ .

Thirsty Whale (casual, beer, burgers) – http://www.thirstywhaletavern.com/ .

Siam Orchid (Thai) – http://www.siamorchidrestaurant.net/ .

Two Cats Inn (breakfast) – http://www.2catsbarharbor.com/cafe.html .

Coffee Hound (best iced java) – http://www.barharborcoffeehound.com/ .


Things to Do:

Park Loop Road (lots of things to see and do right off of the Park Loop)

Thunder Hole

Sands Beach (no dogs allowed)

Trails and carriage paths: Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, Witch Hole Pond, Bubble Rock

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise

Acadian Nature Cruise (harbor cruise out of Bar Harbor) – http://www.acadiannaturecruises.com/

Schoodic Point (another cool part of Acadia National Park that is located off of Mount Desert Island) in Winter Harbor, ME

Buses (run by LL Bean) will take you all over the place – http://www.exploreacadia.com/




Camping in New Hampshire

No trip to New Hampshire would be complete without a stop at the NH State Liquor Outlet.  (I would have bought more but no room in the RV.  I need a wine rack Gene)!


You know who I’m talking about here!



Best spot in the campground. We were in the corner and shaded the whole week. Near a big field so we could play with Max.

Camped for several days with my cousins at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. Nice place, a bit out of the way. It took us a few days to find our way around. Then we found Coconut crusted haddock at Shaws. That was delicious! Below is Diane our resident expert on s’mores making.



There were two motor homes and a travel trailer. We were all camped together. We did more of this than anything else. EAT.

OK, let’s see if I remember everybody from left to right-Diane, Susan, Patty, Eileen,Theresa, Melissa, Patrick Dave, Rosa and Mike.
Home for ten days.
This is Mike “my hero”. He is doing what I’ve been trying to do since we moved into the Vista full-time. Maybe one day when we slow down. Also got to get a couple of those chairs!


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Dave didn’t get involved in the game of 13. He was watching TV instead. At least we think he was watching TV, because if we thought he was sleeping somebody (not mentioning any names here) was going to dump a bucket of cold water on him.


My cousin Rich couldn’t make our family day at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. He was being honored by students that he taught  Carpentry to at Lynn Vocational Tech. These are some of the many students and their families that showed up.


Next up is Bah Habah (Bar Harbor) ME and Acadia National Park.

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Annual Family Picnic


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We spent the past week visiting with family and friends and attending our family picnic. The family picnic has been going on the same weekend every year for about 70 years. Since the mid 50s it’s been at the same location. My uncle Bruce and aunt Theresa generously let us use their home equipped with a pool and a large front yard for games. They sold their house to my cousin Wayne and his wife Lisa and they continued the generous tradition. The day starts with coffee and donuts in the morning and is spent socializing, eating, swimming pool, eating, games, and ends around 7pm after corn on the cob and hot dogs and hamburgers.







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Heading East

We left The Winnebago GNR Monday afternoon July 21st and headed east to Patterson, NY. We didn’t travel far that first night because we got such a late start. We got as far as Des Moines, IA and stayed at The Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.


It was the only time Eileen and I ever went into a casino and just had dinner and left. We had no cash. The ATM charged 10% for the transaction plus a $3 service charge. If that wasn’t bad enough the ATM said if you don’t take your money fast enough the ATM will pull it back and you would have to contact the provider to get a refund! We said no thanks and left.

It took us a little over four days to drive the 1226 miles from Forest City, IA to Patterson NY. There we had dinner at Eileen’s brother Bill’s house.

Guess who’s driving?  Scary huh!  Only drove for an hour.  Too much construction on the road.


Steak dinner with Bill, Eileen, Kelly, Eileen and Sara.

The following day we had them all over for a barbecue at our house. There were ten of us including two children. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages with grilled onions and peppers and pasta salad with lots of desserts.


Max is waiting for his next command.



Max made lots of friends that weekend and played fetch for hours!

Monday July 28th

We drove to Auburn MA and spent the night at an Elk’s Club parking lot with their permission of course.

Tuesday we drove to Northwood, NH to see Robin and Scott and our three grand dogs. We stayed at Saddleback campground.


Wednesday we got in the car and went up to the White Mountains Forest. To see the Flume Gorge. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. It’s like walking through a crack in the earth.




Beginning of trail.












Who needs a stairmaster!  The climb took us about an hour and 15 min. to do.  Breathtaking views plus bear and wolf dens.


Had a little extra time, so I carved this heart shaped trunk for Eileen.







Through out the walk you will find orange ribbons tied to a plant describing what the plant is.


Rain shelter (or hide to rest shelter).  It was pretty humid there.



View of the White Mountains from the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.




Dinner with Robin at Susty’s on Thursday night.

Dinner was good!


Robin and Scott cooked us dinner last night and then we went out to Johnson”s for desert.




Winnebago Grand National Rally (GNR)

IMG_0865 We just finished 10 days at the Winnebago GNR. We got here early, the actual rally started on the 16th and lasted only 5 days, but they had something scheduled everyday from the 7th of July on. The theme of the Rally was Out Of This World. It was the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It also coincided with the annual Puckerbrush Festival. Puckerbrush was the name of the city before it was changed to Forest City. Our house is the first one on the left. 100_2607   The blue on the corners of the bedroom slide out is cut from a swimming noodle. It’s there to protect me from bumping my head…again! We’re also happy we had our bikes this time, we rode them everywhere.   100_2609   Approximately 1100 motor homes were here. 100_2610   This is an aerial photo of the Winnebago grounds before the Rally started. The buildings at the top are the Winnebago factory. WIT GNR     We took a two hour tour (not a three hour tour) of the factory. It was great. We learned so much about the Winnebago manufacturing process. One process that stands out for me was The Water Jet Cutter, using water to cut many kinds of materials. It uses only three gallons of water a day. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were filled with seminars. There was something scheduled from 6:15 AM  until 6 PM. Starting with exercising at dawn! (needless to say I didn’t make the 6:15 class…E) They also had team and individual competitions. This competition is who can back up through a course-blind folded the fastest.  The driver is blind folded and their wife gives them instructions on how to back up through the course. No knocking down cones or people. IMG_0889   The husband and wife team that won took only 39 seconds.  (needless to say we’re not quite there yet either…E) IMG_0890 Saturday was the Puckerbrush Parade. 100_2620 They served a bar-b-que chicken dinner after the parade. It was strange that I could walk down the streets of Forest City, IA and wave to people that I knew. 100_2621   The paraders would throw candy for the kids. Later there was a 3M float that was throwing 3M sponges. The adults were scrambling for those.   100_2622   No parade would be complete without the Shriners. 100_2640


There were three girls the two on the right and one more. They were grabbing as much candy as they could and passing it back to a fourth girl who was bagging it for everybody!


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We’ve been busy!

Thursday July 3rd We said our good byes to Mark and headed south on I-25 to Camping world for some work on our house. We took the FIT and drove back out to Estes Park to Snowy Peaks Winery . Spent a couple of hours enjoying Estes Park again while our house was being fixed. When we returned to Camping World it was too late to start our trip to Forest City, IA, so Camping World let us spend the night at their facility. They had water and electric, but only 30 amps. We prefer 50 amps because it allows us to run everything at one time. With 30 amps we have to watch what we run. Like we can only run one A/C instead of running both. We’ve gone with 30 amps enough times that it’s not a problem. Actually we have a Power Control System (PCS) that monitors our ampere usage and will shut down appliances before tripping circuit breakers. When on 30 amps or less it will show us how many amps we’re using so we can decide what to run or not run.



Friday July 4th




We drove to Fort Laramie, WY and spent the night at a tiny mom & pop campground. After setting up we drove over to Ft. Laramie National Historic site. Didn’t realize they had an all day celebration of which we missed most of. Ft. Laramie is part of The National Parks system.








This building is called “Old Bedlam.” It was built in 1849 and is the oldest standing building in Wyoming. It was nicknamed “Old Bedlam” because of the boisterous sounds heard while occupied by bachelor officers.


This is an inside view of one of the rooms.




The is the General Store. It was the most popular place on the post. Up to 1,000 people would pass through on a daily basis. Not just soldiers, but trappers, frontiersmen, Native Americans and travelers. soldier’s bar-room.


Soldier’s Bar-room


A trader camped at the post.


Enlisted men’s barracks.




New recruits.

The town of Ft. Laramie has a population of 200 something, but they put on one of the best fireworks display we’ve ever seen. It seemed to go on forever. Three times we thought it was the finale, but they just kept shooting up more fireworks. Saturday July 5th Today was a travel day. We drove to Heartland RV Park in Hermosa, South Dakota. This was the view out our front window. There were about six horses that would greet you in the morning or anytime of the day if they were out. Unfortunately I missed getting a picture of them playing.


Sunday July 6th We went to the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials. This is the view as you walk into the Mount Rushmore Memorial.





Everybody taking pictures.






This is the view from the top of the amphitheater.






There is a trail that will get you to the base of Mt. Rushmore.



We took this side trail to the base.



Views from the base.





The Father of our country.



Next was the Crazy Horse Memorial. In 1939 Korczak Ziolkowski was working on the Mount Rushmore project. He also won first prize for a sculpture at the 1939 World’s Fair. Due to his notoriety Chief Standing Bear asked him to create a similar monument for the North American Indians. Korczak worked on the project until his death in 1972 at age 74. He and his wife had 10 children. Six of whom still work on the project. It is funded entirely by private funds. Several times they have turned down offers of government funding. View from the parking lot.





You can see the horses head outlined.




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This is the mountain with an outline of the finished product.

There was lots to see and do at the memorial.






This shows the scale sculpture in the foreground and the project in the background.



Monday July 7th. In the morning we went to Sturgis South Dakota. If you’re a biker you’ve probably heard about Sturgis. There is a rally there every year in August and the town is over flowing with motorcycles of every kind. We were there a month ahead of time so very few bikes.






We had lunch here.

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Downtown Sturgis now.


This is what it will look like in August.

The famous Buffalo Chip.






In the afternoon we went to Deadwood South Dakota. Deadwood is famous for gold being discovered in 1874 by General George Custer, and Wild Bill Hickok was killed by Jack McCall. Hickok never liked to sit with his back to the door, but this day the only seat available was with it’s back facing the door. He sat to play and Jack McCall walked in and shot him in the back of the head. He was holding “Aces and Eights” now known in poker as a “Dead Man’s Hand.” The town was also made into an HBO series Deadwood.






Staged gunfight.








Cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok and Calimity Jane are buried.











People have left coins and mementos at the foot of his grave..




Calamity Jane’s grave.

Thursday July 10th We finally made it to the 2014 Winnebago Grand National Rally in Forest City, Iowa. We will be camped here for 11 days and then start the trip east to the Family Picnic.




Winnebago is expecting 1400 rigs to attend this years rally.

Benson Sculpture Garden



Benson Sculpture Park has been described as “one of the most unique sculpture gardens in the nation”, and that’s an understatement.  This is one attraction you won’t want to miss.  It’s located just outside of Ft. Collins, CO. in the town of Loveland (great name).  With over 130 pieces of sculpture in the park (and more added each year), and the same breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains, this is a great place to go whether it’s with  your family, a romantic stroll with your partner, or just a place of solitude.  We had a picnic lunch with Mark in a shaded area and walked around the surrounding two ponds.







You might think you recognize somebody, but I can assure you these are all sculptures.










This is a little boy trying to get his fishing line untangled from the tree.

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They are comprised of both traditional and modern sculptures as well as both small and large.  As you can see, some were interactive.  Thank’s Mark, for a beautiful day!



Hey! What’s going on here?



Rocky Mountain National Park

We are behind in our posts, so we will be playing catch up for the next few days.

While we were still in Colorado we took a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

It was beautiful. At one point I think we got close to 10,000 feet high.

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Estes Park, Colorado

We drove to Estes Park , CO A beautiful town about an hour southwest of Ft. Collins and a stones throw from Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).   As you can see every turn was a postcard picture of the still snowy mtns.  The temps were in the 60s, low humidity with a very cold wind. I should have been dressed more like Eileen. I needed long pants and a sweatshirt. You can always left click to enlarge photo.

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We took the River Walk into town from the Visitor’s Center.

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As you can see from the above picture Max took time out of his day to count the sandbags lining one of the businesses along the River Walk. Due to the river over flowing at times many establishments have sandbags in reserve for emergency use. The river was moving very fast, so we were surprised to see a man throwing a stick in the river for his Lab to retrieve. He did this countless times and the Lab never got tired. He would jump in retrieve the stick, then swim down stream maybe 25 yards before being able to reach the shore and climb out.

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We saw the The Stanley Hotel where the movie The Shining with Jack Nicholson was filmed.

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Max kept staring at this sign. I wonder why? Max was a hit with everybody we met. If we have time we would like to go back to Estes Park during the week when it’s less crowded.

Sunday June 15th Father’s Day to Saturday June 21 .

Went to brunch with Eileen and Mark at the Cafe Vino I had a great meal of Huevos Rancheros, Mark had Eggs Benedict and Eileen had the best meal Stuffed French Toast.

Cafe Vino   Spent the rest of the afternoon wishing I hadn’t eaten sooo much. Took a bike ride with Mark on the Cashe La Poudre bike trail (pronounced pooder)  bike path towards downtown Ft. Collins. It’s only 2.5 miles each way. Or at least it should have been. Eileen gave me her wallet and iPhone to carry for her and I dropped them in the RV Park. So we had to go back and look for them which probably added another 10 miles to our ride (OK maybe 2), but all’swell that ends well I found the wallet and phone. (Eileen asked “does this bike seat make my ass look fat?”)  Mark came back and had dinner with us, then we took him and his bike back to his place. It’s against the law in Ft. Collins to ride at night without a light on your bike.

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We’re having trouble with our HWH Levelers. The levelers or jack stands automatically level and stabilize the house. I searched around for the problem and found that I had a weak chassis battery. It wasn’t dead, but on it’s way out. So picked up a new battery from Mr Mechanic compliments of Mark. Installed the new battery and that didn’t fix the problem! I next checked the voltages at the two solenoids and pump motor. All had 12 volts but the motor wasn’t running. A mechanic is coming out Friday to look at it.

Oh and we’re also on a eat healthier kick. Including Max. We shared a large fries with him. Max is addicted to french fries. IMG_0797-R

One of the problems in Ft Collins is the Cottonwood Tree. The seeds are on a cotton like structure and it blows all over Ft Collins. It looks like you’re in a snow storm.

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We drove to Horse Tooth Mountain and went on a hike with Max.


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We would really like to camp on the Horsetooth River, but it’s very popular and booked most of the time.


We drove to Boulder to see a festival on Pearl Street.




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After walking through most of the festival we were told “No Dogs Allowed”!, by a very friendly police officer.  Since we’d seen most of the festival we picked up Max and headed back to Ft. Collins. The 60’s are alive and well in Boulder!