We were up early and on the road by 6:00am. We made the hour drive back to Bangor to fly back home today. Lorraine, Deb and I flew out of Bangor to Washington, DC on the same flight. From there, Lorraine flew to Atlanta for another connection and Deb and I to Dallas. It was a long travel day with what seemed like an unusually large number of screaming babies on our flights. We’ve enjoyed mild temperatures the past week in Maine…..the highs sometimes in the upper 60’s. Wichita’s high today was 100; back to reality. It was a great trip with lots of beautiful scenery, wonderful food and beer and lots of laughs with friends. We were sad that Debbie’s trip was cut short due to her sick dog, but were glad she got to come for a few days. The Acadia National Park is beautiful. It was created in 1919 and is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River. Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller is responsible for the construction of the network of carriage roads throughout the park. The roads were constructed over a 18 year period. Originally built for horse drawn carriages, they are now used by cyclists, hikers, and horses. We saw a few horse drawn carriages while we were riding. Car traffic is not allowed, so it’s a cyclist’s paradise. They include over 50 miles of gravel carriage roads, 17 granite bridges and two gate lodges. Cut granite stones line the edges of the roads and act as guard rails. They are referred to as “Rockefeller’s teeth”. The park consists of more than 47,000 acres of land.
Bar Harbor, Maine – September 8, 2013