First--what to do with Kevin, who is wonderful, but who has not yet learned to ride a bicycle...
My dad suggested something like this:
|Only $209 on ebay!|
Fortunately, we found Steve.
Steve, of Steve's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, is located in Lamoine, about 30 minutes by car from our campground on MDI (Lamoine is off the island).
Kevin got to spend his day hanging out with Steve, and a toy poodle named Duke. We could not have been happier and will definitely call on Steve again when next we need to make alternate plans for Kevin while visiting Acadia. Should you need similar assistance, we highly recommend Steve.
The Biking Adventure
Pre-Biking Breakfast Location: Jordan's Restaurant for pancakes, etc.
|Photo by Jon Inman|
Ups: Eagle Lake is gorgeous, everyone's bike functioned admirably, and we all made it with no spills.
Downs: Well, this was Abby's first real ride outside of a pretty flat bike trail near home, and...the uphill part was long. So the biggest down was an up. Oh, and mosquitos. Which it turns out like Abby better than me, poor kid.
But we made it.
Aaaand....we were done biking for the day before noon. Jon and I hope to return to Acadia and spend a day or two riding--but that was too much to ask of the kiddo.
So it was lunch time and we were back at the campsite...with no pooch. It seemed rude to do something Kevin would like to do without Kevin, so we hemmed and hawed and finally decided: swimming!
The Afternoon Swim Adventure
We headed to Echo Lake for a refreshing swim.
Kevin had a great day with Steve, and to celebrate his return to us, we took him to Lamoine Beach for a swim and some fetch.
|Photo by Abby!|
Another full day led to this:
|Sleepy dog (photo by Jon Inman)|
And poor Zelda suffered a loss. A very loud woosh and bang followed by our scrambling for flashlights revealed that the Pop-up's awning had come crashing down after the metal support along the front buckled and folded in half.
This scared the bejeezus out of me. I thought Abby's entire side had collapsed, so when I realized she was fine, I thought, "Phew! The Awning! No worries." Of course Jon heard the crash and assumed it was the awning, and when he saw the front bar bent in half, he felt pretty miserable about the whole thing. Perspective, right?
Anyway, the next morning we managed to straighten out the bar enough to roll up the awning and pack it away. But it will have to be completely replaced.
Still, no one got hurt, and we were far better off than all the folks around us in tents.
After the wild night, we scrapped our early morning plans to catch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain (we would have had to leave the campsite around 4:30 AM!)
Nope. Been there. Done that. Might do it again another time. But not this time.
|Photo by Jon Inman|