outside seating at Jordan Pond House Restaurant
"the bubbles" ~ view from grassy hill
Jordan’s Pond is located inside Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine. There IS a pond, but to me the most important part of Jordan’s Pond is the restaraunt. It is crazy wonderful. I always choose to sit on the lawn, weather permitting. The restaraunt has indoor seating but on the grassy hills outside there are seats o’ plenty and the view is incredible. Sitting at a table on the lawn eating popovers, watching my son run crazy all over the hillside. What could be better?
As for the menu. I havent had anything that wasnt great, however, occasionally I will hear my husband whispering in his sleep about the lobster bisque. Okay, slight exaggeration, but let me tell you, get the lobster bisque. cup or bowl, just get it. (caution: could cause loud moaning, and flailing of arms….)
After you eat at least a dozen popovers, sit and enjoy the view of the “bubbles”, then mozy and I do mean mozy (after a full meal anything else would be suicide) down the path just past the grassy hill. It leads to a secret bridge over a pond. Stunning….
Jeeze, now I’m all riled up wanting a popover.
Jordan’s Pond, Acadia National Park, MDI, Maine. January 14, 2007
2 Cats, Bar Harbor, Maine January 3, 2007
This seems in backwards order but trust me… there’s a reason. I will review the entire town of Bar Harbor (which I know like the back of my hand) but first, we pay our respects to 2 Cats Restaurant. Yes, I normally reserve posts to be about towns and geographic locations, but trust me, 2 Cats is a destination in itself.
2 Cats is a restaurant and inn that is my favorite place in earth. It is run locally and is always perfect. The food, the atmosphere, everything. Their blueberry muffins will make you lay down on the ground and kick your feet in the air (so be careful where you eat them!). They do all their baking on sight. Fresh every morning. And I cannot even begin to describe their coffee. I wish I could have an IV drip! Its organic, strong, and absolutely delightful.
Normally you can walk right up and they will seat you fairly quickly, however, the week of the 4th of July, prepare to wait.
If you find yourself in the perfection of Bar Harbor, make a point to stop and eat, or even stay at 2 cats. You will not be dissapointed.
Located at 130 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME. Visit their website for reservations, menus, and other great details. http://www.2catsbarharbor.com/
Wickenburg, Arizona January 2, 2007
Strange that my travels landed me here, quite frankly. This is a sweet little (and I do mean little) town located about 1 hour north of Phoenix. It is quite a picturesque town. Wickenburg is a typical Arizona town with gorgeous scenery. I am normally spotted on the rocky cliffs of Maine or the deep into a trail in Oregon but on the side trip this little town has something unique.
At the coffee shop in town (not a starbucks… quaint, owner run, but can still make a mean cup of coffee) there is wifi (for free! though I encourage buying at least a coffee..sandwiches were good too…support the local economy!). I stood in line (yes two other people were there) and noticed that the owner greeted each person by name. Small town folk. Fun to visit.
The views were killer! We had the luxury of seeing a rain storm wash through. Rare, I hear, and absolutely breath-taking. The thunder heads were crazy huge. I felt tiny…
Okay on to the serious stuff. Apparently you have to be semi-crazy to stick around Arizona for long. So while you’re there be on the lookout for rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and my favorite, scorpions. They are in great supply out there and deserve some respect.
The cacti are alittle crazy too. Gorgeous but apparently deady. So, be careful. Look but dont touch. Watch close enough and you’ll likely see a cactus wren. (sweet harmless bird. one of the few harmless things there).
There are plenty of things to do, hot air balloon rides, horseback rides, jeep tours, and even apple picking. Just dont think your going to find a mall or starbucks anywhere in sight…. this is a “get away from it all” type place to visit.
Salmon Fishing the Rogue River
Oregon is like an oasis for me. There are so many wonderful things to do especially for the nature lover. Gold Beach is where the Rogue River meets the ocean. Here there are plenty of places to stay but we really likes Jot’s Resort. It is RIGHT on the water and close to everything in Gold Beach.
We stayed in the penthouse suite which was large enough for the whole family. Decor is a little dated but it was clean and nice. It felt like staying in a home. Best part: the deck. Open a set of sliding doors, step out on the deck early in the morning and watch the sun rise. The Rogue is right there to watch all the activity and we OFTEN saw seals. Right from the deck.
We also went salmon fishing. Jot’s Resort had alot of suggestions for fishing guides and they knew their stuff! We had a guide pick us up STEPS from our back deck and off we were. We were trolling in no time. We caught two large salmon in minutes. AND if there had been any need to get off the boat, No problem. The guide would just pull up to our dock and let anyone off or on. After the fishing was over, our guide prepared our salmon for cooking. We walked right up to our deck and cooked our salmon. MINUTES after catching it. It was amazing. We had alot of leftover salmon so we took it to a local canning place that prepared, canned, (any way we wanted-we chose smoked) and SHIPPED it to our homes! You cant beat that.
We also took a jet boat tour up the Rogue River on Jerry’s Boat Tours. He took us and several others up the Rogue for a day trip. We stopped at a little cafe on the river and had lunch. Honestly, not something to skip. We saw LOTS of wildlife. Bears, Bald Eagles, Deer, Otters, and so much more. Great educational tour.
Jot’s Resort. The Penthouse Suite Deck
Jerry’s on the Rogue River
The Rockland Breakwater light is one of my very favorite lighthouses. It is at the end of a 7/8 mile long breakwater made of huge granite boulders. They were pieced together to create the breakwater and now you can walk all the way down to the end and tour the lighthouse. I love the walk out because it feels like you are walking out into the ocean. Remember though, 7/8 mile there means 7/8 mile back. By time it’s all said and done, its a 2 mile walk. Just wear comfortable shoes because the path is pieced togther stones. You’ll be stepping stone to stone.
What gets me about this is the boulders are HUGE and this was built in 1902. I’d love to have seen how it was done.
Traveling…. January 1, 2007
I love to travel. I live to travel. I am very blessed to have traveled to some incredible places in my life and I want to have a place that archives my journeys and can be shared with others.
I will, over time, detail my journeys here. I welcome any questions about where I’ve been and what I’ve done there. I will be happy to suggests places to stay, eat, hike, play, or simply stand and gawk at the beauty.
Visit often to see these wonderful places and decide if or when you should plan a trip there yourself.
Okay. Hiking Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. MDI is absolutely my home away from home. There is a ton of stuff to do and see and Beehive is by far one of my favorites. I am a nature freak and love hiking. There are TONS of trails to hike but of course, I go for the challenge. Beehive in my opinion is hardly a mountain BUT it is a very steep climb. The Beehive Trail is rated as “Strenuous” and is approximately 0.8 miles/1.3 km long. Hiking is through woods to exposed cliffs. There are iron rungs on the ledges (my favorite) and very steep dropoffs.
One NO-NO for hikers. Okay a couple NO-NOs: no kids. period. There are no guard rails. Limit backpacks One quick peek back at a friend and that backpack can push you right over the edge. (yes, it can!). No “backing down the trail”. One way. UP. You cannot turn around, you have to hike UP and OVER, then walk down the other side. Fatalities occur most often due to “freaking out” and trying to climb back down. It’s not a long hike but its strenuous climbing, pulling yourself up… so weigh whether this is truly for you and if it is, go for it.
On the other side of Beehive is “the bowl” a wonderful pond with wild blueberry fields all around. You’ll go right by it on your way down from Beehive.
The views from Beehive are unparalleled. Dont go on a foggy day, you’ll want to stand there and gawk at Sand Beach from the ledges.
By the way, in the pictures below, you’ll see I hiked with my son. Once he came along I didnt hike Beehive trail with him. WAY TOO DANGEROUS. There is a way around the backside. I met my party at “the bowl”.
For Trail maps and cautions click here.