Ah, I would love 9 days with no responsibilities . . . but alas I am trying to get my camp tore down and cleaned up and the wood shed built before snow flies . . . and in another month it will be time to get in next year's firewood.
However, I can still dream . . . and if I had the time there are some places I would love to travel to -- and all within a day's travel.
Prince Edward Island: I absolutely love it there . . . and the exchange rate is in our favor. The warm, red sandy beaches . . . heck I even liked the Anne of Green Gables set up (even if I never read the books.) The last time I was there my wife (a non-camper) stayed in a hotel, but if I was to go alone to do some caching and camping (I also did not cache at the time) I would most definitely pick one of those campsites which are located right off the ocean.
Campobello Island: The next best thing to PEI . . . and within easy striking distance of Hermon. Starz has placed some great caches on the island -- it would take you a day or two just to do those . . . and that's not counting caches in neighboring Lubec. The hikes and scenic views are great . . . plus stopping at FDR's "Cottage" is a must . . . and Fishermen's Friend offers up some tasty eats. Usually when I do the island I camp in "nearby" Cobscook Bay State Park -- if you plan it out far enough in advance sometimes you can get some wonderful camp sites which look right out on to the Bay and you can see the famous tides of the area.
The County: The County offers some great places to hike and cache or to ride an ATV or sled if you are so inclined (sledding is a bit rough this time of year.) Perhaps the best part of the County for me however is the County Spirit embodied in its people -- very nice folks who will do just about anything for you . . . except for that one clerk at the Crown Park Inn in Caribou . . . but that's another time and another story.
If I was to just hang out at home I might consider a few day trips . . . caching perhaps . . . or maybe just do a few side trips. I've always liked taking the ferries to the islands (Vinalhaven, Monhegan, Islesboro) and biking around the islands.
Perhaps going down the Penobscot on the "new" replica steamship in Bangor . . . or going to Greenville for a ride on the boat on Moosehead Lake.
Of course there is always the tried-and-true Acadia National Park . . . but instead of going to the usual tourists-filled locations try hiking some of the off-the-beaten path trails . . . and whenever I'm in Bar Harbor I can't help myself . . . I always end up in the candy shop, Alexander's Clock Shop -- not the "new" clock store (I like old clocks and I like the smell of the guy's pipe -- very old world with the smell of the pipe and ticking and tocking of the clocks) and of course I invariably wander over to Bar Island if the tide is out -- another nice place for a short hike.
Speaking of Bar Harbor . . . have you ever done a whale watching cruise . . . a few years ago I did a favor for a guy and he bought me a couple of tickets. I really enjoyed doing the cruise and seeing these creatures up close and personal. Very memorable.
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