Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mussel Picking

 
We went mussel picking at low tide one night this week.  Four of us picked over a hundred mussels in about ten minutes.  We rinse them off well with sea water and then take them home to soak  and fine clean them.  We add a handful of cornmeal to the bucket of fresh water and agitate it.  We do this for twenty-four hours before we plan to cook them.  The mussels ingest the cornmeal and release the sand and muck in their systems.
 
See all the clumps of mussels lying on the beach.  Easy pickings!
 

The next night we cooked them outside with garlic, butter and a little white wine.  Delicious!  Our friend had bought a bottle of a white sauce and we made some that way as well  I had baked a loaf of bread to sop up the sauces and this is definitely a cook again meal.
 
Tom has been working on a flower bed that would keep people from cutting across one of the campsites and he finished it this week.  He added some little pine trees and I put in some flower seeds.  It's late in the season so cross your fingers on the seeds.



Monday, July 7, 2014

Wild Flowers And Wild Life

We have some pretty little flower beds in the camp ground.
 
 
This little guy was hanging onto our screen room one night.  He was about three inches across.
 
 
I'm not sure what kind of bush this was on but the flowers were so pretty against the foliage.  The wild roses are in bloom all over the island and are in all different colors.  Whites and pinks and deeper reds.  They are stunning right now.  Everywhere you look flowers grow wild and free here and in great abundance.

 
It is an amazing place to live and work.  I still have not spotted a moose and I am told we need to go farther north for that.  We will be on the look out.  When we are out driving I hold my camera at ready.  Tom laughs because he knows as soon as I put it away we will see a moose.


Schoodic Point

 
One of our favorite sections of Acadia National Park is at Schoodic Point.  After Hurricane Arthur ran through here we drove up to enjoy the waves crashing in.  The photos are deceptive as the waves were probably ten to fifteen feet high. 
 
 
Ordinarily this little waterfall doesn't look like much but after all of the rain we had it was gushing. 
 
 
 We pulled over to get a picture of the waterfall and right in front of us was  this tree full of burls. 
 
 
We are so lucky to be able to do things like this and we know it. 


Time With Friends

We have been reconnecting with friends from past KOA Work Kamper  assignments.  It's good to be together again and makes for many stories and shared memories.
 
 
We found a cute little diner in downtown Bar Harbor and had dinner with another couple.  The decorations were so cute and so abundant.  Talk about sensory overload. 
 All of us had seafood dishes.  I had Lobster Macaroni and Cheese that was absolutely amazing!
 The ladies bathroom door decorated with an old prom dress. 
After dinner we attended a brass ensemble concert in Bar Harbor.  It was held at the Congregational Church.  The weather was particularly hot and stuffy that night so we waited to take our seats inside until the very last minute.  We wandered around the adjacent graveyard and speculated on what the lives of these people buried here may have been like.

 Across the shared cemetery was the Catholic church with a beautiful stained glass window and it's adjacent bell tower.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On The Trail Of Quilt Shops

 
Today I went quilt shop hopping with my friend Lou.  She is also a quilter and a machine embroiderer.  We found some great bargains and the beginnings of several quilts and some other small projects.
 

We found a cute little restaurant with amazing chocolate chip muffins and a quilt and yarn shop next door.  The woman working the store was delightful and I will definitely be back there before I leave Maine.  Nice fabrics and amazing yarns to be had by those who seek them.
 
 
At one of the shops I found a knitting needle case for circulars that I thought was quite clever.  The lady that makes them is in her 80's and sews all kinds of things for many of the area shops.  Her work is really very well done and this is a clever way to corral those circulars.
 
 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Back In Bar Harbor

We are back in Bar Harbor again.  The Lupine and the other wild flowers are blooming.  It is such a beautiful time of the year and we are enjoying all of it.
 
We drove up to Schoodic Point which is one of our favorite parts of Acadia National Park.

We enjoyed the peace and beauty of the ocean, the greenery and the rocky shoreline.

Tom and our friend Kenny.

The waves crashing against the rocks put on a beautiful show.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heading East To Bar Harbor

We left Milwaukee early Sunday morning at drove as far as Cleveland, Ohio that day.  We stayed at a lovely KOA campground and continued on towards Erie, PA where we were to connect with I-86 going across the southern portion of New York state.  We had a blow out on the trailer a couple of hours into the day and it took about two hours to get roadside assistance and have it fixed.  The trailer tires should not have been an issue but then sometimes things just don't know what they should  or should not be.  We decided that for safety sake we would stop at the next town and replace tires.  Great except the only tire dealer in town with the tires we needed only had two.  We replaced them and continued onto see our friends in Ithaca.  Larry and Tracy met us and Tom and Larry drove off to get the other two tires replaced.  However on the way back home the truck overheated.  So we dropped the fifth wheel at our friends and the truck at the local GMC dealership.  They have been exceptionally buy this week and so the truck is still not ready.  However,  we have had the opportunity to reconnect with some of our Habitat For Humanity friends that live in New York. 
 
 Don, Tom and Jon.
 Tracy, Larry and Therese.  Tracy, Larry, Therese and Jon were with us on the build we did in Panama City, Florida.  We have done many together since. 
 The view from Larry and Tracy's window.
One of the falls near their home.  Ithaca is in the Finger Lakes area of New York and it is certainly one of the prettiest areas that we have had the opportunity to visit.

Our hosts have been great and especially so since they ended up with us for several extra days.  We went out site seeing in the area, had lunch at the infamous Moosewood Cafe, visited a "Top Ten" quilt shop and stopped for a beer at the Ithaca Brewery.  Life is good despite truck issues.