June 2015 – There’s an old saying in New England that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. Well, so it was for us during our RV travels in northern Maine. For the most part, we were blessed with wonderfully sunny and warm weather as we explored Acadia National Park and its Carriage Roads, but we woke up one morning to total fog and drippiness.
Luckily, coastal Maine is one of those places that has its own special beauty when the sky is grey. There’s a mysteriousness to the fog that sweeps across the harbors. We had enjoyed the Schoodic scenic drive east of Mt. Desert Island so much that we decided to take a drive down the western lobe of the island to check out Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor, despite the wet weather.
The fog was thick, but the seagulls didn’t mind.
Lovely Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is featured on lots of Maine tourist literature and calendars, and we scrambled out on the rocks to have a look at it. The granite boulders were fairly slick in the drizzling rain, but there were still quite a few people out lighthouse-peeping along with us.
We had to climb out on the rocks pretty far to get a good view of the lighthouse, but it was well worth the slipping and sliding!
Mark was totally in his element taking photos in front of me, and he was very cute in his yellow fisherman’s hat. Funny thing is that we bought two of those hats for our cruise in Mexico but had occasion to wear them only once for about 10 minutes! It just doesn’t rain very often in Pacific Mexico. However, since we’ve been RVing in the east, they have come in very handy and we’ve worn them quite a few times!
The short trail that goes out to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse meanders through the woods, and on our way back we got waylaid by the prettiness of this little bit of forest. I just loved the thick carpet of soft moss that surrounded some of the trees.
Raindrops covered all the leaves on every bush, and each leaf looked like it was covered with glistening jewels.
The fog lay heavy on everything, and as we wandered back into Bass Harbor, a soft haze hovered over the fields of wild lupine flowers.
We stopped to enjoy the misty beauty, and when we looked at the purple flowers up close, we saw that each one was filled with tiny diamonds!
There wasn’t a lot of action on the waterfront. It just wasn’t a day that encouraged people to play outdoors.
But there was a peacefulness in the air.
This is another side of Maine — cold and damp…and a little bit dreamy too.
When you go RVing in Maine and get a day of bad weather, spend a little time on the shore and experience Maine’s mystical side…!
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Other blog posts from our travels in Maine:
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- Taking the Mail Boat Ferry to Maine’s Cranberry Islands 07/15/15
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- Schoodic National Scenic Byway – Downeast Maine at its best! 07/04/15
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- Narrows Too RV Resort – A Great Acadia National Park Home Base 06/27/15
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