The Kapusta Family Invades Maine
AUGUST 13: As we’ve discussed in the past, one of the benefits of our full-time RV lifestyle is the ability to visit with friends and family across the country who we normally would not have the flexibility to see. One of the many other benefits is when we are staying and/or working in a desirable location, family and friends have the chance to visit us. When we initially made our plans to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, ME with Mike, Annette, Jay and Karen, several of our family and friends voiced their desire to visit the area while we were there. Our response was always the same, ‘Come on up!’.
So as our stay in Maine headed into August, it was time for the Kapusta family to pack up the travel trailer and make the trek to Maine. My older sister Ceil, her husband of 29 years, Kris, and their son Lucas loaded into their new truck and, new this season, travel trailer for the trip to the coast of Maine. Their oldest daughter Lexi is still working hard to complete her Engineering Degree from Drexel University, so she was not able to join them on this trip. Keep up the good work Lexi! Your efforts will soon be rewarded in the Spring of 2018. We will do our best to be in the area for your graduation celebration! How SWEet it will be! (SWE = Society ofWomen Engineers. Lexi happens to be the President of the Drexel Chapter!) Their new travel trailer is a Grand Design Imagine 3150BH, which Betsy and I got to see for the first time on this trip. The trailer features a spacious rear bunk room, which really ends up being Lucas’s own private master suite. He must have been involved in picking the new trailer!
The Kapusta’s arrived at Narrows Too on Friday after a one night stop over in Rhode Island to visit a friend of theirs. They settled into a nice pull-thru site not too far from us and close to the pool. It is a little strange when people have visited us up here since Betsy and I are working almost full time (35 - 40 hours per week) at Acadia Bike and Coastal Kayaking, so it is different than “vacationing” with them as we’ve done in the past. This is probably a good time to mention that the Kapusta’s are normally a “beach-type vacation” family. They enjoy camping at the New Jersey and Delaware beaches, so we knew the Bar Harbor area was going to a little outside the box for them. With temps in the 70’s, water temps in the low 50’s and no real beaches around (except for Sand Beach in Acadia National Park), swimming and sun bathing would be limited. With the assistance of their local tour guides, Mike and Annette, they did get a chance to get out and experience the beauty of Acadia and the surrounding area. They even made it to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a sunrise. Something I would recommend to anyone who visits Acadia.
Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Betsy and I had to leave the area on Tuesday of the week the Kapusta’s were here to head to Pennsylvania for a wedding. More details about that trip in another post. All accounts said that the Kapusta’s ended up enjoying their week-long visit to the Bar Harbor area. Betsy and I got to hang out with them at a couple of evening camp fires and they can now cross Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, ME off their list of places to visit. With three of the six Gibbons children together in Maine we had a day guest on the first Saturday of the Kapusta visit. Our oldest brother Denny’s son, Matt, and his wife Carly drove the three hours from their home in Portland, ME to hang out with us for the day. It was great to see Matt and Carly even if it was just for a quick visit in Bar Harbor. The Kapusta’s departed Narrows Too on Saturday and made it back to Phoenixville, PA in one day. Betsy and I passed them somewhere just outside of Hartford, CT as we were headed back to our summer home in Maine. Chalk up another successful visit from family during our RV adventures.