The main things on the agenda for today: short hike in Acadia National Park and drive back down to Portland, Maine.
Initially, Matthew was wanting to do the Beehive Loop. But he wasn't feeling 100% (darn allergies!), so the park ranger suggested the Great Head Trail. This trail starts out across Sand Beach (I know, original name, right!), then up the side of a hill and around the perimeter of a small peninsula. The views were amazing!
At one point, there was a group of kids on a park ranger walk, so I asked if one of them could take a picture of me with Matthew.
Driving through the park in early June, all I could think about was how amazingly beautiful this must be in the fall with all the autumn colors! I really need to think about planning another trip out here in the future!
Since it was getting close to lunch time, and we were both starving by this point, we decided to get a quick drive thru lunch and start our drive down to Portland.
Before we got to Portland, we stopped in Brunswick and drove by Bowdoin College. Joshua Chamberlain (colonel of the 20th Maine, class of 1852) and Calvin Stowe (Harriet Beecher Stowe's husband, class of 1824) are just two famous students who attended this college.
During our Civil War reenacting days, we started out with the 20th Maine. So Matthew did a quick bit of research and found that Joshua Chamberlain was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery which is close to Bowdoin College. Since it had just been Memorial Day, all the little United States flags made it a little bit easier to search for his grave site. After a bit of walking around, we found it:
If you go to the cemetery, you will find the grave site over on the far right, close to the fence.
Once we left the cemetery, we just had to go to Freeport to see the L.L. Bean flagship store! This place has multiple buildings and a huge boot outside one of the buildings:
We stopped into the Starbucks across the street to see if they had any of the Maine Been There mugs and we didn't have any luck. The guy behind the counter said they sell out of them as soon as they get a shipment of them. Since we had one more night in Maine, I was hopeful that we would find a Maine mug.
We still had one more full day together and more driving to do the next day.
Stay tuned to see what we ended up finding next!