This past labor day we returned to the scene of our first ever vacation, Acadia Park in Maine. It was just enough past the prime season for it to be not super busy but still warm enough for some post summer outdoor adventures. We rented a cottage at Bar Harbor Cottages, just a few miles outside the park and Bar Harbor. The place was okay, not as roomy as our first time out at Hanscom’s, and the stove and kitchen weren’t as great either but it did have a small charm and nice outdoor picnic table and screened porch for each cottage as well as little charcoal grills you can borrow any time you need. It’s not too bad but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re spending more than a long weekend.
This month we took trip to Scotland, Edinburgh. Marte had studied abroad not to far from the city in St. Andrews back in college and had always wanted to go back. I had never been so we planned it out, packed our bags and off we went. Edinburgh is a very (very) old city with lots of history, great architecture and culture. Uniquely it is a city built on top of itself meaning that while you’re exploring the streets you’re unaware that there are closed off old streets and alleyways, locally called Closes, below you. Of course it is very touristy with Edinburgh Castle, the museums, and famous landmarks, but there are also great sections of the city where local life occurs.
This adventure was our honeymoon and it took us to Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula, about 3 hours west of Seattle, WA. The plane ride is about 6 hours, and is much more tolerable when you don’t have food poisoning or are diverted due to storms over the landing airport. Beyond that, Jet Blue is in fact worth it, especially the “Even More Speed” option that gets you through security lines quicker.