Picture of lake in Acadia National Park

Hello Everyone! Hubby and I are back from our vacation. We are rested, rejuvenated, and I am excited to get back to quilting. I’m sure Freddy missed me while I was gone and I bet he’s ready to get back to work too. πŸ™‚

I took my computer with me but never took it out of the case or turned it on. Mike asked me about it a couple of times (even he thought it was odd), but I really felt the need to unplug for a while. I think I only posted 2 pics on Instagram, and I don’t remember even checking in on Facebook. It felt so good to take a break.

Today I’m going to share some pictures I took on our trip and I’ll warn you now – only two of them are quilting related. I guess that’s what happens when a person takes a break.

We traveled to Maine and stayed in a small, like really tiny, town on the coast called Winter Harbor. It is about an hour by car or ferry from Bar Harbor which is much more populated and a tourist attraction. We rented a house close to the water and we loved staying in such a quiet, slow-paced town.

The scenery along the coast is absolutely stunning. Words really can’t describe the beauty that greets your eyes everywhere you look.

The rocks of Acadia National Park

We spent a lot of time hiking around Acadia National Park. One of the highlights was going up Cadillac Mountain and seeing the harbor and the town of Bar Harbor from such a high point. Breathtaking!

View of Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

Standing on Cadillac Mountain with a view of the four porcupine islands and the town of Bar Harbor

One thing we found fascinating was how low tide/high tide changed the landscape of the harbor. We were told that Frenchman Bay (the bay where both Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor are located) has one of the biggest changing tides along the coast. There is a sandbar that runs from Bar Harbor to Bar Island. At high tide there is anywhere from 10 to 15 feet of water over it. At low tide, the water is so low that people can drive a car on the sandbar or bike or walk. We walked across it one day, and it was so fun to see all the little kids with their nets playing in the tide pools. We were repeatedly warned to pay attention to the tide so we wouldn’t get stuck on Bar Island. If you got stuck, there would be a nine hour wait before the bar would be passable again. Or, a water taxi would come rescue you for $150. We made sure we were back in town before that tide came up!

Sandbar between Bar Harbor and Bar Island

The sandbar between Bar Harbor and Bar Island. I was amazed at how dry it was – the water just seemed to disappear!Β  In a couple of hours this will all be under water again.

I only visited two quilt shops while we were away. Shocking, right? I even surprised myself… The first shop we stopped in was right in Bar Harbor. It’s a cute little shop called Fabricate. I picked up their Row by Row kit which depicts the landscape of Maine.

The second shop we visited was Sewing by the Sea. This shop is jam packed full, and I could have spent all day poking around in all the nooks and crannies. I was really good – I only bought 3 yards of fabric and a panel, but I could’ve bought so much more.

The highlight of our trip was the whale watching tour we went on. Absolutely worth every penny and every minute! We saw so many whales! I was flabbergasted – I totally didn’t expect to see all that we did. We were blessed to see two humpbacks soar out of the water, side by side, and make a huge splash when they landed. Not 50 yards from our boat! At first I was trying to get everything on video, but then I put down my camera. I decided it would be a better experience for me to actually see these magnificent creatures instead of trying to watch them through the lens of a camera. I’m so happy I did that – it made the trip so much better for me.

Here is one of the few shots I did take:

whale watching tour

So that’s enough about this amazing trip, and it’s my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. Now it’s your turn and I’d love to see what all of you are working on. I’ve got some catching up to do, and am excited to read about your projects. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

 

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