Great Lakes Road Trip: From the mountains to the ocean

The weather was decidedly miserable as we left Lake Placid for the first stage of our two day journey to Bar Harbour on Mount Desert Island. Dipping down below Lake Champlain we crossed into Vermont via the Champlain Bridge.

Before we crossed the bridge we wandered around the National Historic Site where the French and English armies had fought and lost ground eventually ceded to the Americans.

It never ceases to amaze us how quickly the landscape can change from state to state. We had only just left the mountains and forests of New York States Adirondacks, and here we were in the lush agricultural lowlands of Vermont. And at last the clouds were clearing.

As we were driving I spotted a huge nest atop the telephone lines and shouted ‘stop’ to which, surprisingly, Amr actually did respond, rather quickly!

He understood why when he turned and saw a birds head peeking out from the huge nest.

I gave him the camera as I was frightened it would be spooked if I opened the car door. Just in time to see another huge bird swooping in with claws full.

We couldn’t decide whether they were building the nest or feeding chicks.

After that excitement we continued our journey and enjoyed the countryside, stopping briefly at Bristol and the Clifton Cliffs cafe for coffee and an irresistible cinnamon scone.

After spending the night in Gorham in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which has not a lot going for it other than being in the mountains and close to Mount Washington Auto Road, which we have driven previously.

The journey continues uneventfully today as we passed into Maine, stopping to enjoy a take away coffee by the peaceful riverside.

Arriving in Bar Harbour, a favourite place of ours. Strangely, although we tend not to return to places as there is so much of the world to see, this is our fourth visit to the town. There is just something about it which pulls us back time and again. It may be something to do with the lobsters, a lot to do with Acadia National Park and the walks and views, and the small town itself full of quirky arty shops and many restaurants.

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