We were once again fogged out this morning. It was worse this morning than it had been. I had to walk much closer to the gulls on the rocks to count and identify them.
At 9:30, we met with Acadia volunteers Anne & Tom. Tom was going to show us how to check out a small park vehicle for the weekend. Tomorrow, the BikeMaine event will come in, and we won't be able to get our vehicles in and out from our campsite. So, we have to park our Jeep & truck elsewhere and access our site via walking or the use of a small electric vehicle. With Linda's knee issue, she just can't walk that far.
So, we checked out a GEM to get her back and forth from our rig to the Jeep.
I transported her to the "Hospitality Room" where the volunteer laundry is located. She decided to hang out there and do laundry while I got some work done on our financials and knocked out my exercise routine.
Fortunately, the fog cleared, and we were able to get back out on Schoodic Point for some afternoon bird counting.
As has been the case for us on most afternoons, there were more people enjoying the beauty than there were birds.
We met a couple that told us they have been volunteering for several years at the Virgins Island National Park during the winter. They said they are always in need of volunteers, but there is no housing option for volunteers. So they have to make due with people that have their own accommodations.
As the afternoon session went on, something disturbed the gulls and they filled the sky.
Our two hours ended with the wind picking up and clouds covering the sun.
We started out with temps in the low 80s, and by the end of our session it felt 20 degrees cooler.
But it's supposed to warm up again tomorrow and hopefully it'll be clear so we can get two counts in.
I grilled some chicken and we watched the Louisville-Syracuse football game. Well Linda watched half of it, and I lasted as long as I could until the Cards had it well in hand.
This morning we headed out before BikeMaine closed the road to our campsite. Out on The Point, we were back to our clear skies and beautiful, calm waters.
Rush & Lola arrived on the Schoodic Peninsula and checked into the Schoodic Woods Campground. Rush came out early to observe what we were doing, and he's going to come out tomorrow morning to help Linda spot birds while I'm gone.
It was fast and furious for the first hour. The visibility was great, and we had some good numbers and variety. Then it slowed down a bit as we finished up. We still had porpoises and seals, but they were a little farther out.
In the afternoon, we were joined by Roger, an advanced birdwatcher now living in New Mexico. He was surprised by the lack of birds, and thought he might come back in the morning. Linda will appreciate the help.
After our slow afternoon, we watched as another Holland America cruise ship left Bar Harbor.
We parked the Jeep in our designated spot and took the GEM back to our campsite. I took a few photos of the BikeMaine event going on.
It's a 7-Day bike ride covering 354 miles. Check-in and the start and finish are here at the Schoodic Institute. The purpose is as follows:
BikeMaine is offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the state’s leading bicycle advocacy group made up of the state’s most experienced cyclists and cycling event planners. BikeMaine was founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic tool for local communities. In 2015, BikeMaine attracted riders from 35 states and 4 countries and generated an estimated $448,000 in direct economic impact. Proceeds from the tour go to support bicycling in Maine.
They will all be gone tomorrow as they start their ride.
Back home, I got packed up for my trip to Louisville tomorrow. My flight is at 7:00 a.m. out of Bangor and it's an hour and a half drive. Rather than getting up at 4:00 a.m. and disturbing everyone, I decided to head out tonight and get a room near the airport.
I won't be back until very late Wednesday night, and I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to update the Journal. Again, we appreciate your support.