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Days 27 and 28

Location: Portland, ME

Miles Driven: 175

Total Miles: 5,104

In Bar Harbor, I was having a spotty connection on my phone – phone calls were not going through, and I was having difficulty getting on the Internet.  I was curious as to when the sun was rising so I could be on top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in time to catch it.  I think I mentioned that it is one of the first places the sun hits in the US.  Fortunately, I could sign onto my MSN account on my phone, I IM’d my buddy Nick in Taiwan, and asked him to look up the sunrise time.  Thanks to Nick, I learned that the sun would rise on Friday around 4:17AM (about 6 hours away).  My plan was to hike up the mountain in time to catch the sunrise, and that would require starting the hike around 2AM.  So I shut my eyes for a few hours, and around 1:30AM I began to make my way to the park.

I was bummed initially as I could not find any trailheads for getting up the mountain, so I ended up just taking the park road to the parking lot at the summit.  In hindsight this turned out to be a very good thing, as it was damn cold near the top.  It must’ve been in the 40s with the strong winds blowing.  If I had hiked, I would not have been prepared for the cold at all, nor would I have had my tripod to set up for some sunrise shots.

I got a little rest in the car, and then before you knew it the parking lot was filling up.  Around 3:30AM you can see a distant glow in the horizon, so I got out of my car to find a spot to watch from.  It was cold, but there was a cool atmosphere on the summit with everyone excited to see these first few rays of the sun.  Once the sun came up from the horizon, it seemed to rise incredibly fast, and before I knew it the day was bright.

I was thinking I should try to post the photos showing the transition from early early morning to the sun appearing, but that could take a little bit.  So I made a little slideshow showing the progression.  Apropos, the music is from the soundtrack to the film “Sunshine” (one of my favorite movies).  The track is entitled “Capa’s Last Transmission Home”.  Catching this sunrise was an unforgettable experience.

The crowds were dispersing, and after it was bright again I went to the car, removed my extra layers as I was already getting warm, and caught a little more sleep.  Woke up around 9AM to do some hiking.  Hiking down the mountain was easy, coming back up was a little strenuous, but enjoyable.

I had a recommendation from my friend Frances, along with one of my roadtrip books, to check out a restaurant on the other side of the park called “Thurston’s Lobster Pound.”  I made my way over there to grab lunch, and I was not disappointed.  I wasn’t hungry enough for a whole lobster (which was pretty cheap), but I ordered a lobster roll and it really hit the spot.

Never had a lobster roll before. Tasty

After lunch, the plan was to make my way to southwest towards Portland, Maine, where my friend Colleen lives.  I’ve known Colleen for ages having gone to confirmation class with her, and she offered to put me up for the weekend.  Had a great time lounging about not doing too much, met some of her friends, and ate some great food (and also witnessed the US World Cup loss to the “injury”-prone Ghana team).  I also got some tips on places in Michigan to check out from her friends Jeff and Jen. Thanks guys.  The fun night ended and I got some sleep as my break here will end and the roadtrip continues.

The plan is to stick around in Portland until Sunday, and from there the journey turns West for the next several weeks.  And as I type it is Sunday morning, and I’m fixin to leave here and work my way through New Hampshire and Vermont.

Some shots from the weekend are below.  Thanks so much, Colleen, for hosting me.  Portland, ME (the kids call it the “other Portland”) is a great place.

Colleen and me

Belting out songs with Jen on the SingStar game

Leaving Portland soon.  So long, East coast.


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  1. Shirley Pitts
    June 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Joe! I’ve been following your travels…looks like a great trip with excitement every step of the way visiting family, friend and the breathtaking views.

    Stay safe!

    • June 29, 2010 at 1:17 am

      Thanks Shirley. Glad I have my friends in Bethesda following along.

  2. The Mommie
    June 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    That video was breathtaking and the final shot of the sun….well in the words of Percy Shelly:

    ” In the warm shadow of her loveliness;
    He kissed her with His beams.”

    Jippy, our world, as seen through your eyes and words, has the ability to soften the heart of even the most staunch cynic! Roll on big daddy , roll on…… on……………..

  3. melissa
    June 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Great progressive slideshow. Thanks for getting up so early to get us these cool shots. The Mommie’s words are right on.

    I had my first lobster roll for the first time a few months ago, they are super delicious.

    • June 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      hahah you are welcome. I was tired, but it was worth it to check that out. So lucky the clouds finally cleared, too

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