sunrise on cadillac mountain

Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain and a visit with family!

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One of the hardest part of our life transition was leaving our family behind.  Talking to them regularly on the phone is great, but we do miss seeing them in person.  They were curious about our adventure and wanted to come visit.  So this past week, we were delighted to host my daughter, mother, sister, sister-in-law and sister’s mother-in-law.

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It was so much fun to see them again!  Of course, we had to show them around!  Our first stop was the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Cadillac Mountain at 1,530 feet, it is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard.  A perfect place to show them some of the beautiful sights of the coast of Maine!

sunrise on cadillac mountain

My daughter will be getting married in November, and we had lots of catching up to do.  I will be creating some of her wedding decor, so be sure to stay tuned to my other website, Suzy’s Sitcom for the latest wedding craft project!

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Of course, she shares my sense of humor.  There are many reasons why we call this the Sitcom!

hadley point maine mussel fishing

We then took them to Hadley Point where we went mussel fishing at low tide.  The Georgia brigade purchased boots just for this!  Mussels can be found attached to the rocks under the seaweed when the tide goes out.  This particular area has thousands of them.

hadley point maine mussel fishing

We let them sit in cold water and corn meal overnight to get most of the sand out of them, and then boiled them in wine, chicken stock and garlic.  Yumm!

lobster bar harbor oceanside koa maine

Of course, you cannot go to Maine without a taste of lobster!  The campground that we work at, Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA, has their very own lobster man!  He serves fresh lobster dinners every evening from his tent in the middle of the campground.

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I was able to teach them my method for eating a whole lobster.  (A bit of trial and error on my part).  You can read the story about my ridiculous first attempt at lobster eating here.

lobster bar harbor oceanside koa maine

My sister caught on pretty darn quickly!

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We then sat around a campfire and enjoyed another beautiful sunset. (Note the bottle of bug spray near my feet).  My boss likes to say that there isn’t a single mosquito in Maine.  They are all married with large families…

bar harbor oceanside koa maine camping

Proper s’more techniques were taught.

…and her last night there, we decided to go with my daughter to see the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

sunrise on cadillac mountain

As I mentioned in an earlier post about checking out the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, you definitely need to dress warm.  We brought winter coats, hats and a blanket.

As you can see, the hubby isn’t very good about sharing blankets.  And I have a very scary looking face at 4:00 AM.

It was freezing!  In July!

sunrise on cadillac mountain

But very much worth it!  What a beautiful sight!  The sun begins to rise in Bar Harbor about 4:00 AM.  And as you can see, we weren’t the only crazy people there checking out the view.

sunrise on cadillac mountain

We had so much fun with the family here and were able to show them just a bit of the sights and experiences of this beautiful part of the country.

Our new lifestyle is exciting and we very much love our decision to take a chance and start traveling, but seeing the family again will be one of the highlights of our summer.

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2 thoughts on “Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain and a visit with family!”

  1. Love the pictures and the mosquito quote was definitely an LOL moment. We were up at Cadillac Mountain at the end of September and didn’t have any winter gear with us. Yoly waited in the truck while I went out with the video camera and froze my you know what off. Glad to see that you’re surviving in your second career 🙂

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