How not to visit MAINE: Portland, Bar Harbor, and not enough time - Traveling Robert
For. The past two videos with, being RVing in big cities first Philadelphia, and then New York Liberty. Harbor here was about a hundred and seven dollars a night which, is a little on the high end as far as RV, parks go but hey you're, minutes away from Manhattan so, if you want to visit New York with an RV it, is certainly, the way to go. Today. The weather is not, cooperating and, driving. In this area here around Jersey City with. A big rig, not. For the faint of heart. I, don't. Know why the GPS, keeps taking, me through these narrow streets, maybe, because I selected, avoid, tolls. Anyways. Today we are going to do a little more traditional, camping. As we're going to explore the great state, of Maine, just. Scratching. The surface though, as you, probably know from the previous videos, in this series because. Of my breakdown in North Carolina the trip has been severely. Cut, short, in, any case first. We have to get there and it's gonna be a long, and, tedious Drive. I'm, riding. Riding. Riding, riding. In. My RBI, RV. Wherever. I'm. -. You. Guys haven't free in. My RV. I waited. Until we reached New York to put gas somehow. I don't feel comfortable having, someone, else pumping, my gas New. Jersey and to some extent Oregon, are still the only two states where you are not allowed to pump your own gas because. Apparently the, operation, requires, a highly trained, professional. Well it looks like Florence, finally, caught up with us. The rain is relentless, I mean. Heavy rain for this lung. We're gonna stop at the Connecticut. And reassess, our travel. Plans because. Is not fun. I'm, riding. Riding. In my RV. Wherever. I want. And. Guys I'm free. Welcome. To Connecticut. Here. We are Connecticut, a new, state for us so, let's go into the Welcome, Center get, a map maybe and, cook, some lunch. That. Is starting, to rain again. I. Guess. It is time for a traveling, Robert are the cooking, show, we. Begin by chopping some onions, we. Saute them and put some salt I also, got this red, pepper. We. Add some dry, golden, wine a staple, in Cuban cuisine by the way some. Frozen meatballs, and I, think I forgot to show you when I added the tomato sauce and for. Some reason with this at would range things, take forever to, boil. A little. More pepper. Since we don't have any real garlic with the burner when, I put a little bit of her. Timing. Powder. Of. Course my signature, ingredients, oregano, and cumin as. Soon as this begin to boil. It's, not the most powerful stove outside yeah well, the Penan never properly, boiled, but we'll. See. The. Rain is relentless. And these are as I said remnants. Of hurricane, Florence, that, finally, caught up to us. And. There. Is heavy traffic of, course, because all this bad weather usually provokes. Accidents. Yeah. It, is a mess out here. And. There's. The cost of all this traffic hopefully, nothing major. Very. Serious, about lane usage, here in Connecticut. And. This. Is Waterbury. Connecticut, the. Church is st. Anne's historic. Building, here, unfortunately. We can't stop anywhere, if we want to make it to Maine today. About. Half an hour later we are driving through Hartford, Connecticut, capital. And, there's. The capital building. The. Capital building does have a castle. Vibe, to it doesn't, it aside. From the golden, cupola. Busting. And Providence. Can't wait to visit both in a couple of days. And. We are now in. Massachusetts. And all, of a sudden the Sun came out and we, see incipient. Fall colors here, in mid-september. Yes. Eventually, we, make it to the Live Free or Die State and. I, see an opportunity to take a picture, with the sign so that's exactly, what we're going to do.
New. Hampshire is only about 20, miles wide around, here so very soon we, are going to be in Maine. As. Soon, as we cross the Piscataqua River. We. Are in Maine. Let's. Take a picture here too. And, here. We are our, campground, for tonight, here near Portland, Maine, it. Is called wild, duck adult, campground. And RV park. Okay. Let's park it and go have dinner I hear they have pretty, good Lobster around here. It. Was a dark and, foggy, night, in, Maine. Anyways. I had this place here marked on my map called, lobsters. Shack at two lights here, in Cape Elizabeth so. Let's see how it is let's check it out here. Are. The live lobsters, and our. Lobster. Rolls. Let's. Just say I wasn't, all that impressed. Let's. Walk outside here, to this area by the water I bet, you during the day there, is a very, nice view here, and perhaps. It is one of those places more, famous, for the view than the food, perhaps. It is late and they were about to close we'll. Never know let's. Go into Portland real. Quick to get some groceries and tomorrow, tomorrow. Well continue, exploring. There. Is a Trader Joe's here in town. Well. We made it to Maine finally. I've been really looking forward to this so I think I believe we have some stickers, to, add to our map here in the Northeast area first. And foremost a couple of days ago I forgot to add Pennsylvania. As, we were in there if. You love yourself let's do that. Okay. With Connecticut, I'm kind of gonna cheat, because we didn't do anything, in Connecticut, but we ate and the, Welcome, Center so early. That counts, but I'm. Gonna add the sticker because why not and. We. Saw the Capitol Hartford, from the road. Okay. There, we've got Connecticut. And now, since, we're here we're, gonna add Maine. Here. We go. Now. In a couple of days here we're gonna add, Massachusetts. And Rhode Island, and unfortunately. On this trip. We're, not gonna be able to add Vermont. Or New Hampshire or. Maryland. Or Delaware, for, that matter and those states were in the original plan but as you know if you've seen the previous videos. This. Trip. You got got really, really short. Anyways. We're tired, I, think, tomorrow we're gonna go to Acadia. National Park. Good. Morning, where, the wild duck, come. Round, the. New, lat near Portland. Maine, and. I'm, gonna stay still half asleep. It's. Beautiful, out here. We're. Staying at this place, is called a wild duck, adult. Campground. Which. Basically. Means it's only adults no no, children here and. This. Is the furthest north a minute in the trailer has ever made it we. Only have time for one, thing here in the Portland, area so, we are going to go see the lighthouse and, why the rush you might ask well, now that I've driven all the way up here I want to see Bar Harbor and Acadia, National Park, you. Know I have to return big whites the monster, truck in about a week in Miami, and we, still have to go to Boston after this so, let's just see, the lighthouse hitch. Up and continue. The journey north. Anyways. Here, we are the Portland, head lighthouse the. Views here are starting to look promising so, let's, find parking. Williams. Part. We. Get our first, look at, the rugged, Maine coastline. Here, and, the. Lighthouse of, course. The, lighthouse here still, operational. By the way dates back to 1791. Making, it the oldest, one in the whole state, of Maine. The. Other lighthouse, called RAM Island ledge light station marks. The northern, end of the main channel the, main channel leading to Portland's, Harbor. And. Here's. A Portland's. Head again. Let's. Walk around a. Little bit I. Am. Assuming that is part of Portland, over there in the distance. If. You notice everybody's. Wearing jackets it. Is kind, of chilly up here our first taste, of the upcoming fall. Are. These the fog horns mmm, pretty cool. Time's. Up. If. You ever come to this campground. Beware, there's a really. Deep bump, on the road. It, looks like the leaves are about to start turning, in this area. Eventually. By, the town of Gardiner, we, get off the interstate in favor of more secondary. Roads and also in order to avoid tolls. It. Is a little bit of a roller coaster right at the rest of the way a little more fun, than, the interstate, if, a, little tiresome. After a while. Here's. Belfast. Maine, let's. Drive around to, see what it looks like before we continue. As. We. Leave Belfast. Maine it is time, to take a break and there. Is a state park nearby called Moose Point, and I. Don't know how much it is but, we're gonna stop there anyways, for, an hour or so. Four. Dollars per person for, non Maine residents. So eight dollars, for us a little steep for just, an hour but. I need, a break. Here. We are, upper, Penobscot. Bay. Someone's.
Been Getting artistic. With all this rocks, here, and very, pretty very, different. Landscape, up, here in Maine. See. How many tini is sort of off level, this, truck is just too. High even. Adjusting, the hitch to its lowest, setting but, you know what it. Is all I've got for now. Nice. Oceanfront. Property, huh. Well, took my break it is time to continue. We're. About to cross the iconic, Penobscot, Narrows. Bridge one. Of the towers even has an observatory, at the top. Hmm. Rainy, weather up ahead. Must. Be getting close, lots of traffic lots, of places selling lobster. Here's. Our campground, Mount, Desert, which. Is pretty, rustic. In fact they, don't even allow RVs, over, 20 feet land let's. Find our site and rest, because. Tomorrow tomorrow. We're going to wake up way before dawn, to, try and see the first sunrise, in, the United, States from, cadillac, mountain in, the kdn national, park. Here. We are. Campground. Very. Close to Acadia, National Park. That's. Some wood. Very. Nice. It. Is around 3:00 a.m. and. It's, really dark out here, why. Have we woken. Up at this ungodly hour, you, might ask well, as I said we want to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain to, see the first well, allegedly, the, first sunrise, in the United States, it's. High altitude, here in the Northeast, makes, it a prime location for, this and. I. Think we came too early by. The way the reason we came so early is, I hear the parking lot usually gets full and when, that happens they don't let you come to the top of the mountain. The. Outlook, looks, grim with, all this fog but let me walk around and, see what we're up against. Beautiful. View huh I. Really. Feel sorry for this guy with, the tripod, and a nice camera and, all. Of us really, who, woke up early, I mean it's beautiful, fog, and it's really eerie but, it's just not, what, we came to see right sad. Part is everybody, woke. Up early. No. One is gonna be able to see anything. Sunrise. Is imminent. Let me go back. I'll. Be honest. It. Does not look promising. Sunrise. Is supposed to be like in five minutes. Maybe. All these clouds will lift up, and. We'll be able to see it but. As. I said does not look promising. I'm. Still gonna play my sunrise, music, because why, not. Well. That was an epic fail. The. Sun should be coming up right now and. No. Matter we'll come back later. We. Will come back tomorrow morning. You. Know we'll still here so. I. Think. We should go. Okay. So far, Maine is an interesting, state, with all these cool looking, rocks but I don't, know mother. Nature is not cooperating. Wait. A minute I see something here on the right some, islands, perhaps and it, looks like the fog is starting to clear up a little maybe. This is the view everybody, talks about. Yay. Found, parking. Here's. The famous view of the Mount Desert narrows. With all the islands, well, at least 50%, of, it as the.
Fog Begins, to lift. And. There's. Big white. Here. We are Bar Harbor. Let's. Walk around and, look for some breakfast. Or brunch. Preferably. With some Lobster, in it. Greetings. From Bar. Harbor Maine. Well. Here we are very. Picturesque, town, so, far, check, out this fountain here at Agra mount park. Some. Mimosas here, to start at this place. Hmm. And the lobster, Benedict, sandwich, it. Is called stadium pub and it was outstanding. The. Ivy Manor, in the, town seems, to be slowly. Waking, up we're, gonna pass by the National Park office because Acadia, is so fragmented, that it is impossible for them to have a gate at the entrance to charge admission so. What you do is you buy a pass here for your vehicle, at the office here in Bar Harbor and if, you have the america the beautiful' annual, pass like we do they, just give you a holder, that you hang on your rear-view mirror, and you put your card in there and you're good to go. This. Here is the bar island, path, only accessible, during low, tide which. Obviously. It's, not now and you can actually walk to that island, maybe. It will come back later when it is low tide compared. But. We very touristy, around, here with a bunch of boats where you can go whale watching and. All that stuff. Well. Let's, go explore, Akkadian, National, Park, there. Is supposed to be this park loop road. Initially. I thought that that was like a whale or some other large animal, but, apparently it's just something, underwater like, rocks, that, break, the waves. Very, interesting. Granite, rock formations. Everywhere. There's. A small trail here where you can experience, all, this, actually. It is part of a much longer trail, called, ocean. Paths. Okay. Let me go back I. Don't. Think I want to do the whole trail today although it, is tempting. It. Is very, beautiful, out, here for, sure and, I, just can't get over those layered. Rocks. When. I get old I want, to be like that. Let's. Go back up. Anyways. Let's continue towards. The next Outlook. Point. Check. Out the small fishing boat fighting. The strong currents. Other, points. Other, clips. Once, again we, see all these very interesting-looking. Rocks, here, in Maine all this eroded, granite, the, result of a long, continuous.
Geological. Process. And. Check out all those birds. I'm. Going, to walk a little bit here in the ocean, path and admire. The, rugged landscape. We, continue but let's, check this place out it, is called error Cove. It. Is very pretty, out here I wish I could see it when the leaves are turning perhaps. Next year. Here's, looking towards the ocean and here's. Looking, towards the cove and I also wish I could fly the drone, around but hey as you, probably know it is forbidden to, fly in any national park. We. Stop once again to, admire the rugged, coastline. Okay. One last stop. It's. Another overlooked. We're, gonna go back to the campground, take, a break and then we'll continue exploring. But. We stopped one last time here to see Eagle, Lake. Wait. A minute why. Are we leaving you might ask well. When we arrived there was a note on our picnic table so we went to the office and they told us that we had to move to a different site because, this site was, reserved, for, someone else even, though they had assigned me this site when we arrived yesterday so, I said you know what I want, my money back, we are leaving, so. We are. It. Would have been such a hassle to break camp and move around with, this big truck in such a narrow road besides, we were living tomorrow anyways. Wait. For it wait for, it boom, I just. Broke my sewer cap. There. Was this root on the ground on the side of the road and this big white drug doesn't have a wide enough turning, radius so I hid it. Let's, head down to Boston we. Will have to revisit Maine, some, other time because this, time it. Wasn't so great was it there. Wasn't enough time for, sure the. Weather did, not cooperate for, sunrise and, Mount, Desert campground. Here really, dropped, the ball and they weren't even apologetic. About it next. Time I think we're staying at the KOAT what. We missed well, in the afternoon, I was planning on going back to paddle accountant, and go. Have, a good lobster, dinner, wait. For low tide to walk on the bar Island path, you. Know what at least we got a taste of what is possible, here and we got to add yet, another sticker, to our map, next. Time we will probably allocate. A whole, week just to Maine as I had originally intended on the. Next video we will explore, Boston Massachusetts, and, we. Will see the Plymouth, Rock and go, to Providence, Rhode, Island for, this event they have called the water fire, as. Always thank. You so much for, watching and, see, you on the, road welcome. To New Hampshire.