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We awoke to rain and a gray blur off our balcony where we were to have a scenic bay view. The drops tapered off as we headed out for Acadia National Park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center. There, we picked up our Junior (for the boys) and Senior (for Mom and Dad) Ranger booklets.
Due to the constant threat of rain, we opted against any particularly rocky trails on this morning that had the potential to be slippery. We opted for the Jordan Pond loop path, one Mommy remembers vividly from her family travels nearly 20 years earlier. A thick layer of clouds obscured the tops of the surrounding peaks, but the pond was clear across most of the time and we hiked a most enjoyable 3.5-mile path around the pond, dodging puddles but otherwise staying dry. We passed no more than five other hikers on the path all morning.
We ate are packed lunch in the car at Schooner Overlook, took time to chase the waves at Sand Beach, and braved the crashing water at Thunder Hole for quite some time.
Despite the low, threatening clouds, not a drop of rain fell since we left the hotel in the morning until we were driving away from Thunder Hole. From then on, the rain never stopped! We stayed dry by returning to the visitor center for a movie, returning to the hotel to change and rest, and drive into Bar Harbor for an early dinner at 5:00.
Seafood is a must in Maine, so we found a restaurant with plenty on the menu for Mom and Dad and typically unadventurous pizza and chicken for the boys. Geddy’s impressed with its lobster roll and seafood stew in a town that was nearly shut down for the season and dining options were limited.
Back at the hotel, we ran a load of laundry and settled in for a quiet and dry evening in the room working on our ranger booklets. Maybe we would see some sun tomorrow?