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Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer equinox......

6:17 am - Friday - June 22nd - Southwest Harbor, ME - 51º F, 77% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north......clear, blue skies with a forecast high today of 67º F.  Another beautiful day on MDI.

Thursday began with partly cloudy skies which gave way to cloudless skies and warm temperatures which climbed into the low 70's before a gentle, afternoon sea breeze took the edge off the day.  It was the same old, same old at SDC......pool cleaning, mowing, watering flowers (there are a lot of flowers now), a run to the transfer station, picnic table repair, bathroom cleaning, site cleaning.  Nothing of interest to report other than it was another day spent in paradise.  This, also, would be my first day working all the way to 5 pm.  Yup, I finally have the endurance to take on an 8 hour shift.

It was, however, the first day of Summer which means we have reached the Summer Equinox and the longest stretch of daylight (just shy of 16 hours) we will see in our 5.5 month stay on Mount Desert Island.

When we decided to come to Maine about a year ago my sister Hilary said she would like to come and visit us during our stay.  She, her husband Bob, and daughter Stephanie would be attending a wedding in Washington D.C. in late June so they would sandwich a 4 day stay in Bar Harbor in between their other commitments.  Well, Thursday was the day they would be arriving.  I received texts throughout the day from Hilary updating me on their travels, and finally about 2 pm they had arrived at the Bar Harbor Inn.  We agreed to meet them for dinner at 6 pm.

I picked up TLE at the office just before 5 pm, and we headed up the hill to the Newell to get ready to drive over to Bar Harbor.  After a quick shower, and an even quicker nap we were in the car on our way to the Bar Harbor Inn.  We were planning to walk to dinner from there after having drinks at the Terrace Grill which is located at the Bar Harbor Inn, but after snagging one of their last tables on the outdoor deck we decided to eat dinner there as well......

  
Waiting for Hilary, Bob and Stephanie.....

.....within minutes Hilary, Bob and Stephanie arrived, so an 'usie' was in order.  What a beautiful place to have dinner!

 Fresh in from Chicago.....

The view....

 Aerial view of the sprawling Bar Harbor Inn...the Terrace Grill is on the right side of the main building

......as is often the case the temps in Bar Harbor were a few degrees warmer than Southwest Harbor, and there were a few clouds moving in to add to the view.  We had a lovely two hour dinner.  I had their Atlantic Salmon which was one of the best I have ever had.  Just reading the title of the entree convinced me to order it........Pan Seared Mojito Lime Atlantic Salmon.....doesn't that just make your mouth water in anticipation?  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their entrees which served to confirm Yelp's solid 4 star rating for this restaurant.  To top it all off the prices were incredibly fair....for example my Salmon was just $20.......this was definitely a $30 entree, if not higher.

By 8 pm the sun was beginning to dip toward the horizon, and the temperatures began to drop.  It was time for us to head back to Southwest Harbor.......



......and another day at SDC.  We will be spending more time with my sister and her family over the next few days as they explore MDI......thanks for stopping by!

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