After an amazing stay in New Hampshire with our friends Ron and Cindy Lou, we headed to Belfast, Maine to hang out with our friends, Randy and Bri!
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Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort
We decided to stay at the Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort, and we're so happy we did! While our site was one of the farthest from the actual coastline, we still had an amazing view of the bay right our our window!
The park is very well kept with gravel sites that are not super level, but are level enough. The best sites are obviously down by the water and there are a few large enough for our RV. Next time, we'll book farther in advance and snag one of those!
During low tide, there's plenty of rocky beach to explore, which we did a few times!
Two items of caution… First, this area is known for having brown-tailed caterpillars, which can be poisonous to some (similar to poison ivy). They are most active April – late July. Next, it was very foggy every morning at the Moorings. We actually enjoyed that , but wanted to warn you. The fog fades away usually around 10:30. 👍
You've likely met our friends Randy and Bri in previous videos. We met them way back when we were all brand new full-time RVers back in 2018! (They were the first RVing friends we met on the road ☺️)
Randy and Bri left their camp site down in Scarborough to come up and camp a few days and hang out. And, the first order of business was a fire and some champagne to celebrate our 100K milestone as well as their selling of their condo.
However, due to the brown-tail moth/caterpillar issue, they decided to head back to Scarborough (Bri is highly allergic) after 2 days. But, no worries, because we're headed to Scarborough next to stay with them anyway.
We had to wait a few days for our Covid test results to come back, so we stayed in and worked. After a few days, we got out on Lucile to explore Belfast. 🏍 We decided to ride through an area of Northport called Bayside. The Bayside Historic District encompasses the historic core of a former religious summer camp meeting community. It includes the original grounds of the Northport Wesleyan Grove Camp Meeting, established in 1848, with most of surviving architecture built between about 1870 and 1920. What makes this area so charming is the wood-framed cottages that line the streets of Bayside. It reminded us of our time in Martha's Vineyard!
Belfast is a small town of under 7,00 residents that sits at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Belfast Bay and Penobscot Bay. The downtown area is very charming and offers several restaurants and shops.
First Night Out
We finally got our negative Covid test results back, so we wanted to celebrate by getting some delicious Maine lobster! We chose a place right down the street from our campground, Young's Lobster Pound. We were so excited to try this place out because it had been 2 years since we last enjoyed Maine lobster. Unfortunately, we were disappointed that the kitchen staff was not wearing their masks properly (many had them under their chin). So, we decided to find a different restaurant. 😔 With Tara's weak immune system, she is in the “at risk” category, so we weren't taking any chances.
It worked out though, because we got to explore more of downtown Belfast! We decided on a cute restaurant called Harbor Walk Restaurant (also known as Front Street Pub) and it was good! We finally go to enjoy some lobster rolls and clam chowdah! 🍻🦞
The Wrong Turn / The “MAINE” Event 😉
Since we were only a little over an hour away from Acadia National Park, we decided to take a day and explore some hiking trails. We have visited Acadia during our previous trip to the area and really enjoyed it. This time, we wanted to do something different. We asked our friend Randy for some suggestions of trails that weren't too difficult (he is a tour guide in Acadia National Park). We decided to try Gorham Mountain Trail and this is where we take a wrong turn…
The trailhead was easy to find off of Park Loop Rd and had ample parking. The trail started off fairly easy, but about a 1/4 of a mile in, it started to change. Although absolutely gorgeous, there were huge boulders to climb and even gorges to traverse. We were confused why our friend suggested this hike 🤔 It was quite a workout!
We later realized that we had missed the sign to stay on Gorham Mountain Trail and had gotten on Cadillac Cliffs Trail instead. Even though it was more difficult than we had expected, we are glad we made that “mistake”. It was an awesome adventure with stunning views from the summit!
Like our last time there, Acadia National Park did not disappoint!!
Our time in Belfast was over, but we decided to take one last walk down the beach before leaving in the morning. Did we mention that Moorings RV park is right on Penobscot Bay?
Next time, we hope to get one of those sites on the water!!
Next up for us is Scarborough, Maine, where we meet up with Randy and Bri at an adult -only campground.
- Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort: mooringscamp.com/
- Acadia National Park: www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
- AllTrails (Acadia): www.alltrails.com/parks/us/maine/acadia-national-park
- Hop Pin And Go!: www.youtube.com/channel/UCIGjFEc2kE4PRfB4QCuI1GA
- Previous Maine Videos: changinglanesrv.com/?s=maine
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