A Day for Lobster & Beach Chairs
With only about a month left of our workamping job and time in Maine, we have a list of things we want to see and do before we head South for the winter. Since both Russ and I had the day off, we decided to do what we could to get something checked off that list. We had spent an hour or two over at Schoodic Point about two months ago (read here), but we knew we wanted to return for an afternoon. I had a merchandising job scheduled for that morning in Ellsworth, so after getting that completed we headed out the Schoodic Peninsula toward our first stop in Winter Harbor. Anytime Mike & Annette or Jay & Karen would head to Schoodic Point, they would check to see if anyone wanted some fresh picked lobster from the Winter Harbor Lobster Co-Op. We had taken orders before leaving that morning, so we had a packed a cooler to bring back the loot. After grabbing a few pounds (don’t worry, we purchased them too), we buried them in some ice and continued out to the rocky point of Schoodic.
As we promised during our last visit, our next trip was to include gravity chairs. So after finding a parking spot, we lugged our gravity chairs, books, camera, and lunch out to the rocky granite shoreline. While beach chairs would have done the job and been much easier to carry across the rocks, I’m the lucky gal who has a hubby who loves her enough to carry a much more comfortable gravity chair out there! While our thought was to do something a little active such as taking one of the hiking trails to Schoodic Head, the highest point on the peninsula at about 440 feet above sea level, I have to admit our bums didn’t leave those comfy chairs. After noshing on scratch-made chicken salad and yogurt & berry parfaits the only other thing that tickled our fancy was some reading, surf watching, seal spotting, and picture taking!
The beauty of Schoodic is its much more secluded feel. In contrast to the always busy Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain, this section of Acadia National Park is visited by only about 10% of Acadia’s tourists. While the peninsula is easily visible from Bar Harbor at only 4 miles east across the Frenchman Bay as the crow flies, the trip by car is about 45 miles. The drive is about an hour, but the tranquility and powerful crashing surf of the Atlantic more than make the drive worth it. It is easy to while away several hours there and let your cares float out to sea.
If we wouldn’t have had any other plans for the day, we may have never left our little spot on the rocks! However, more fun was to be had with some of our co-workers. We had talked about a mini golf & BBQ outing for quite some time and we finally find a day and time that would work for just about everyone. We met at Mainely Meat BBQ at 5 PM for some pre-links nourishment. We talked about everyone’s plans for the winter and shared all the quirky events and funny stories we had encountered at work. We had a fun crowd of 12 for dinner, with 8 of us heading over to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf across the street after dining. We split into two groups (Boys vs. Girls) before heading out to the challenging 18-hole course. A song of laughter, groans, and cheers followed us throughout the course as both hole-in-ones and off the course shots graced both groups’ score cards. As we followed the boys throughout the course, they finished a bit quicker than we did. We like to think we were thinking through our shots a little more carefully and having too much fun to move any quicker! Upon finishing up Hole 18, we started tallying up the scores. Jay was the winner of the boy’s group and Annette claimed the top spot on the girl’s scored card. However, the final score of the girl’s group was not official as we only had scores recorded for 17 of the 18 holes. Don’t ask us how that happened! A few of the group finished off the night with ice cream from Udder Heaven located back across the street with the BBQ joint. As hard as it might be to believe, the ice cream lovers in us didn’t indulge in ice cream. Russ and I were still sulking in defeat - not really, we just decided to pass for the evening. Thanks for coordinating such a fun evening, Karen & Bonnie! Below are a few photos from the evening. Oh wait, not really as I forgot to put the memory card back into my camera. Instead I just aimlessly snapped away all evening with nothing to show you in return! DOH!