Not much to tell here. The predicted rain and wind came and lasted all day, so we just hunkered down in the rig. It was miserable out there, and we're glad we weren't expected to try to count birds in that mess.
We were up early and hopped in the Jeep to go do the morning bird count on Schoodic Point. But as we started we found a large tree down across the road leading out of the camping area. We tested it to see if we could possible move it just enough to get around. No shot.
We carry a tow strap in the Jeep, so Linda suggested we strap to the tree and try to pull it. I suggested we use the truck since it has some sturdy tow hooks on the front and it would give us more bulk. Unfortunately, the tree was caught between other trees on either side of the road if we pulled it backwards, but that was our only option as we couldn't drive around it to get to the other side. The good news was there appeared to be a crack near the top of the tree that we hoped would break and let us drag the upper portion out of the way so at least the Jeep can get through.
I went back and got the truck while Linda secured the strap to the tree.
After securing the strap to the truck, she directed me as I backed up. The top of the tree broke off and I dragged it off to the side while Linda took a couple more photos.
We didn't want to pull the main trunk backward any farther (for fear of toppling a couple of other trees it was caught on) and there still wasn't enough room to get the truck around it. But at least we had a path the Jeep could fit through, and we'll wait and let maintenance clean up the rest on Monday so we'll be able to get the rig out on Tuesday.
It was a decent morning for birds, but there were no huge flocks like we were seeing before we went to Louisville. The afternoon was really slow, and we ended up with less than a 1,000 birds for the day. But we got to watch Northern Gannets plunge diving, eagles flying, seals bobbing, and porpoises swimming by. It was a quiet, National Geographic day out on the Point.
I got in a workout between sessions, and Linda took a nap while I watched college football all afternoon. In the evening, it was more football and the World Series as I just zoned out until it was time for bed.
It was a little warmer this morning with temps in the mid-40s when we started. The sun was just coming up and it was just light enough for us to see around 7:00 a.m.
As the sun peeked through, I went down on the rocks to take a couple more photos.
In comparison to the last couple of weeks, there were very few birds flying this morning. But the gannets treated us to another show as they plunge-dived in groups right out in front of us.
As we approached the end of our three-hour morning, the sky was still beautiful.
As we packed up, I thought "Oh, this is Sunday. I need to call my Dad". I choked up as I realized that our Sunday conversations on the phone would be no more. For the last eleven years, I had called my parents on Sunday and very rarely missed a day. Before we went on the road, I talked to them once a month or once every couple of months. Though the distance increased as we became full-time RVers, our relationship was closer, and I am grateful for that.
So, this is our last weekend at Acadia National Park and in Maine. Our original plan was to leave tomorrow, but Seth asked us to stay an extra day so we could debrief him on our experience and so he could take us out to dinner. That was an easy decision - we wanted to work with him one more day and have a proper goodbye.
On Tuesday, we'll head toward Louisville making a series of daily drives in the 150 to 200-mile range and one-night stops. Many campgrounds and RV parks have closed or will close on October 31, so it's a bit of a challenge to plan a route, but we'll figure it out.
Hopefully, we can get to Louisville, take care of some business and doctor appointments and still get to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Linda's family. At least that's the goal. :)