The Way Life Should Be...

“And all of these spirit voices rule the night
And all of these spirit voices rule the night
And all of these spirit voices rule the night”
~Paul Simon
Summit of Cadillac Mountain
Maine the way life should be…as the official greeting of the state goes. It clearly shows it on the sign once your cross over the Piscataqua River Bridge from New Hampshire. Well, I must admit that Maine is a very diverse state indeed. I recall from my Maine Politics class many moons ago about the different regions. I felt like I have seen some different parts of the state all summer, questioning myself am I really still in Maine. The state size is roughly the size of Ireland, so it’s not too too big, but very diverse. I’ve traveled back to Southern Maine from Midcoast & Down East. I will admit that the traffic in Southern Maine during the summer is much like driving in the Boston area. Just consider it a rather large suburb of the city. It used to be part of Massachusetts a long time ago too.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
~John Lennon
A few weeks ago, I was guided, listing to spirit voices to go take an adventure. It’s been long & crazy summers working with teenagers mostly who just know how to suck my energy dry. I did the best with what I had to work with & made sure that I took care of myself first each day with my daily routine. I basically get up early to meditate to ground myself with doing yoga & many nontraditional approaches that work for me.  I had to. I had to start saving myself rather than get to the place that I had been many times at sea where I got my power taken away from me cos I’m very helpful. Working from the inside is my main focus these days not worrying what others want me to do. It’s more about being a soulful leader showing others how to live. I do know that I was an inspiration to my many Young Artist at Maine Media that I could tell with how they warmed up to me & respected me for me. They sure could tell that I danced to my own beat with looking after their well being. I am happy that I could reach out so many & felt rewarded for it. It felt a little different from my Japan days cos you could say that the inner work is really working & the fact that I am learning how to protect myself from being so sensitive. Sometimes the strongest people who you might meet on this path down the rabbit hole tend to be the most sensitive ones that just know how to protect themselves. Oh, to get back to the spirit voice that told me to take a min road trip. I was guided to hire a car & to head up north or to “Down East” as a destination with Acadia National Park being the destination of choice.
View from Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park
Enterprise was my car rental place of choice. They are the only one who offers to pick you up. I did find that the rates for the summer time were a wee bit high, oh well. It was what it was.   I had a pick up at Maine Media bright ‘n early, well 8AM ish & they were pretty true to the time. I grabbed the car which was easy. I set off back to Maine Media to pack up my belongings & said my multiple good byes. I will admit that sometimes it is hard to say multiple good byes when the people who you want to say good bye & thank are not in sight. I did my best with what I had to work with. I headed up the coast for a quick spot in Belfast to meet a friend at the Belfast Co Op where I ended up getting a very yummy beat & kale salad. Oh yes, I was in heaven having something scrumptious running threw my cells since it has been a while with finding the freshest ingredients. There’s something so true with whole farm approach that just radiates goodness. After coffee time, I hit the road north to Mt Desert Island for the night. As I drove through Ellsworth, not much had struck my back memory except for the Mexican restaurant where I ate with my family a long time ago, the LL Bean Outlet was vaguely familiar with the Burger King across the street. I will admit that it was weird seeing strip malls with mad a mount of traffic. I eventually found my way to the Robbins Motel in Hulls Cove, right outside of Bar Harbor.  I went on a wild goose chase looking for reasonable price accommodations in the area. There is no hostel; the closet one is over in Deer Isle, so that was out of the question. I went on the sites that I usually go to, but found nothing, but a Google search searching for cheap accommodations in Bar Harbor was helpful. For being summer time & in a very touristy part next door to a National Park it was a blessing to find a place for $65.00 a night with free Wifi. Honestly the Robbins Motel wasn’t too bad, old cabin style motel rooms that are family owned & operated. However, being right off out Route 3, it was a wee bit noisy with traffic, but the air conditioner came in hand to take the noise out while sleeping. Another plus is the motel is across the street from the Island Explorer  Bus Stop, a great way to see Mt Desert Island without having the hassle of finding a parking space. LL Bean sponsors the buses allowing visitors a free way to explore Acadia.  I really don’t recall Acadia National Park from my last visit there which was when I went to park for a day trip from Orono on a geology field trip looking at all of the rock formation of the island. I was thinking of where I went to in the park & I have no memory of it. I also have visited Bar Harbor with my parents when I was a small child & been to the park then, but I have no clue. My mother just told me that I have been up Cadillac Mountain when I was a kid, I thought that the other day was my first visit up it, but it wasn’t. I ended up getting a National Park pass at the Village Green in Bar Harbor. Since Acadia is a National Park, it’s just a wee bit pricy compared to the Maine State Parks. It cost $20 for a vehicle or $5 for a walk in for seven days. I totally had forgotten about the fees from when I lived out in Yosemite.  I will admit that my adventure to Vinalhaven did wear me out just a tad & ended up getting the pass for a vehicle. I felt like I needed to go into the park & take a drive like I had done before in The Grand Canyon & Canyonlands to name a few. There’s something so peaceful driving through it not listing to the radio or getting a mobile phone signal. I used the time to reset my battery by taking advantage of nature & letting nature heal myself.
It’s a blessing that the National Park Service owns much of Mt Desert Island rather than having man taking control over the land in a selfish way.  Acadia National Park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The Wabanaki originally inhabited Mt Desert. Much hasn’t change since autumn of 1604 when Samuel de Champlain sailed by observing the massive island.
"That same day we also passed near an island about four or five leagues [19 to 24 km] in length, off which we were almost lost on a little rock, level with the surface of the water, which made a hole in our pinnace close to the keel. The distance from this island to the mainland on the north is not a hundred paces. It is very high and cleft in places, giving it the appearance from the sea of seven or eight mountains one alongside the other. The tops of them are bare of trees, because there is nothing there but rocks. The woods consist only of pines, firs, and birches. He named it Mount Desert Island.”
~Samuel de Champlain
Acadia is amazing to spend time. Observing the diversity of life where the sea meets the land with many tidepools, lakes, ponds & mountains that call this place home with many flora & fauna with wildlife. It’s nice to drive so close to the shore observing the rock formations inhaling the beauty of the place. I enjoyed driving the Park Loop Road stopping at Sand Beach & Thunder Hole before making my way up to summit of Cadillac Mountain.  I was originally going to hike to the summit but I was quite exhausted from exploring Vinalhaven by foot that I decided not to. I enjoyed the long & windy road to the top.  I got to catch the sun setting on the summit & walked around for a bit exploring the terrine with beautiful views of Bar Harbor & Frenchman Bay. I definitely was worth the adventure. Chasing the light is what I love to do & I must take the opportunity for it when the moment strikes.
Northeast Harbor Marina
I did find some reasonable price restaurants in my travels too. Gringo’s in Bar Harbor has some yummy Mexican food & margaritas. Riverside Café in Ellsworth was quite good with a reasonable priced haddock sandwich on gluten free bread & delicious fresh press juice. I did make a stop at Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville on the way home. I found out that you could choose from 4 commentary pours or just pick one wine & have a glass. The wine is quite good for Maine standards, it’s nothing like the great wines from the Pacific Northwest, but it was quite lovely. Be sure to check out for some deals at the winery with some great sales on the wines.  The winery in Lincolnville is a nice place to relax for a while taking in the beautiful scenery with a pond & surrounding mountains.
I will admit that my drive back to Kennebunkport was a wee bit hectic with traffic. I’m not going to lie to say that it was smooth sailing cos it definitely didn’t feel that way on US Route 1, Interstate 295 & Interstate 95. It’s summer in Maine & the traffic is just a wee bit mad. Oh well. I did enjoy driving all around the regions of Maine tho. I felt that I have done some personal growth along the way. Best to take advantage of the opportunity to get out & explore the moment is lost. There’s really a lot of beauty in Maine. You just have to make the leap being willing to take adventure of the unknown seeing what is calling you there. 

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