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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

The Crown Jewel

~Tuesday, September 7, 2021~

Day 450 (Travel Day)

Sad to be saying avoir to such a lovely part of Maine. Camden, Rockport, and Bristol were such wonderful towns to visit, despite a little rain/drizzle. But we’re also excited about our next destination of Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. We will be staying about 10 minutes just outside the park at Hadley’s Point Campground and only 8 miles from downtown Bar Harbor.

On the 75-mile drive today, we passed the adorable town of Bucksport on Verona Island. Bucksport is known for the award winning Penobscot Narrows Bridge which crosses over the Penobscot River

to Mount Desert Island, where Acadia National Park is located. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, this bridge and observatory is the crown jewel of coastal Maine offering 360-degree views of the Penobscot River, the Maine countryside and the distant western mountains. The bridge spans 2,120 feet from the east shore to the west shore and rises 135 feet above the river. Of course I had to do a little research in finding what a bridge that is that good looking, costs. Total cost of construction: $85 million and was planned, funded, designed, permitted and built in 42 months. Amazing!!

We’re excited to be at our new campground. It’s a little gem of a place, complete with pool, bocce court, cornhole, laundry facility and quaint little cabins sprinkled amongst the many RV’s. We were welcomed by one of the staff members as we approached the 5-car length line to get to the main office. He suggested that I check in as he led Jeff to the dump station since it was not a straight forward route. To save a few dollars, and with the fact we had a pretty short drive today, we decided to just carry the extra weight and use Hadley Point’s facilities. Hey, someone’s got to be frugal. 😉💰I felt so sorry for the lady in front of me who had to do a last minute cancellation ( 7 days worth), where she was told she had to pay the full amount without the 48 hour cancellation policy. Ugh! I felt her pain. Thank goodness that’s never happened to us. And because of where we are in this part of Maine, the price is a bit steep….minimum $42/night. Our last campground was $55/night. We’re budgeted for $35/night which we hope all levels out in the end.

Our site #4 is close to the entrance of the campground, so we won’t have a problem seeing people coming and going. This campground is huge! They have 4 loops with ours and loop D being the nicer of them all. And we always make sure to scope out the primo campsites for future visits. While we were getting set up, we met one of our neighbors, Steve and Paulette (I hope I got that right?) from Connecticut. Very nice couple who were enjoying a little getaway time in their new, perfectly sized Jayco 5th wheel. We can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to meet such delightful people like them, on this traveling shindig we’re on.

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