Queen Bee

On their second, full day of visiting Rode Trip Steve and Sally were blessed with sunshine. This was very good because on this day we had a goal to achieve; Sally wanted to hike the Beehive Trail. Brian and I were familiar with the Beehive; this 520 ft summit would be reached by walking along narrow cliffs and climbing up ledges with the assistance of iron bars that have been installed in the rock to be used as hand holds and foot ladders. The mountain is called the Beehive because from a distance it’s shape resembles that of a hive. We described it to Sally cheerfully, “It’ll be fun, a short hike with a few ladders.” We had no idea that Sally is afraid of heights…but she was determined.

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We left Steve at Sand Beach where he was happy to relax and beach comb (he knew of Sally’s fear of heights and was smart enough to steer clear of this challenge).

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So it began. Brian assured us that he was “certified” and he was at the ready to spot Sally when the goings got tough.

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She was off to a good start.

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The first set of iron bars was a bit overwhelming…

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But after much patience, encouragement, some yelling (as positively as possible from dearest daughter), and finally a line-up of people waiting to pass below…Sally was up!

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Sally was soon a pro; carefully inspecting the trail around upcoming corners and ledges before scaling the sides with ease.

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Near the top, she totally ignored the trail and blazed her own in one fell swoop all the way to the summit! Sally walked across the open-face stone, bare mountain top with her arms outspread as though she were strolling through a ground level pasture.

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Down the opposite side and all the way back to Sand Beach, Sally was still in awe of her feat. Steve couldn’t believe the good news! Amazing things happen when you hang with the Rode Trippers…and always the celebratory feast and drinks at the end!

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State-Side Reunions Begin!

When Rode Trip dropped the hook at Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME after arriving from Bermuda we were greeted by shouts and waves from the neighboring boat. Our neighbors were good friends, Scott and Kimberly (s/v Anthyllide) and we were overjoyed to see them again! Straight away Scott and Kimberly came aboard, our first visitors in the states, and it was as though we hadn’t skipped a beat. We had a great week with Anthyllide; sharing dinners, swapping stories until the wee hours of the morning, and hiking in Acadia National Park.
View from Dorr Mountain

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Snacking on wild blueberries along the way

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Gorge Trail from Cadillac Mountain

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Our next visitors were Steve and Sally (dear ‘ol Mom & Dad)! Spending time together in person was wonderful! Steve and Sally settled right in aboard Rode Trip, their home base while vacationing at Acadia National Park. The afternoon they arrived we took our time exploring downtown, poking in and out of all the shops and eating ice cream along the way. That evening while Brian and Steve harvested fresh mussels for dinner, Sally and I walked across the bar and hiked Bar Island. Back at Rode Trip we snuggled in for the night to enjoy mussels with pasta and a blazing Newport stove.

A rainy first day didn’t slow us down. After a typical, leisurely breakfast aboard Rode Trip we ventured out and along Route 3 we stumbled upon a winery (owned by Atlantic Brewing Co.). Tasty wines, delectable cheeses, and enough chocolate to easily stock Rode Trip for, oh, I’d say about one week. We had fun sampling and received a good lesson in wine from our bartender.

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Our intended stop (although I must say the winery was a nice addition during our rainy day festivities) was the Atlantic Brewing Company. At Atlantic Brewing Company we took a tour of the brewery and sampled their beers. We had a delicious lunch, and more beer, at Mainly Meat BB-Q which is located right at the brewery.

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We took advantage of an opportune break in raindrops for a stroll on the carriage road around Eagle Lake. Then headed back toward town. What a day!

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