Friday, October 21, 2011

Did You Blink?

My son and daughter-in-law and their two kids were staying with us in Southwest Harbor near the Claremont. The mother said she had never seen downtown Southwest Harbor. My son drove his family through the village at her request. The kids got into an argument, and the mother turned around to the backseat to stop the quarreling.  When she looked up a few seconds later, she asked our son when they were going to get to downtown SWH. The answer was "You just went through it."

Submitted by MWD

Cruise Ship Courtesy

We're out kayaking on a recent Sunday in Frenchman Bay.

Sister-in-law from CT: "Is the tide still going out?"

Me: "No, I think it's coming in now.  See that cruise ship?  It's
pointing the other way"

She: "Oh.  They turn it around so you'll know when the tide

Submitted by Jim B.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just Following the Law, Sir

I don't think the tourist couple walking by saw me sitting in my vehicle in the Little Notch Bakery parking lot when the man said to the woman, "I think Bar Harbor must have the highest Subaru per capita rate in the country."

Hey! I just got this. I used to drive something else. But, it's the law ... ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And STILL He's Paying ...

Gossipy women walking along the Shore Path the other day:

Older woman: "So ... where does HER money come from?"

Younger woman, pushing a baby stroller: "Husband. [pause] He's dead."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Snippets from the Summit

It was like an "All You Can Hear" Buffet at the Cadillac summit yesterday. Here are a few of the tastiest nuggets overheard in just an hour's time ...

Woman with camera to camera-less friend: "I just had to prove to myself I was here!"

Hikers coming off the North Ridge trail up into the parking area, she walking slightly ahead. He slows and says, "Wait. What's your objective?" She looks back at him a long moment, incredulous, and answers, "To go to the summit."

New York guy going from loud to louder to loudest, to his friends, "A bagel. A BAGEL. A NEW YORK BAGEL - you can't get a New York bagel!"

Returning to the North Ridge trail to descend the mountain, muscle-bound shaved head guy in hiking gear says to his somewhat-less-than-trail-ready girl, "We really oughta try more challenging hikes, like with ropes and stuff." She stops dead, looks at him, and says, "Ropes???"

And finally ...

Tourists looking down onto the town of Bar Harbor, one asks, "Where's the motel?" Friend answers, "Down there, where it looks like a lot of debris."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Well, There WERE a Lot of Drugs on Campus Back Then ...

While walking on the boardwalk along the western side of Jordan Pond, my husband sees a couple and their dog coming toward him. As they are getting closer, he hears her say, "You know, we're at sea level so the water you see on top - that's not all of it, there's more below. I learned that in college in 1972."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thanks for Telling Me NOW

Couple walking across the Bar Harbor town pier. She, clearly aggravated, says to him: "Had I known THAT, we could have had a GOOD lunch!"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just Cruise On In

Sitting on the Bar Harbor Inn lawn yesterday, two guys are watching with great intent the tenders shuttling back and forth between the Maasdam and the pier. One asks the other what the little orange boats are. Answer: "They're bringing people over from the boat." Every time another one goes by, the first guy asks, "Is that one of them shuttles?" "Yes."

When he finally grasps that there are several tenders in the water and they're all doing the same thing, he asks what happens when all the people are back on the ship, to which his friend replies, "The shuttles sail into a little hatch in the hull and then they hoist them up and they leave."


Thursday, August 18, 2011

No Room at the Inn

A family was at Schooner Head earlier today (Thursday). The Dad says to the Mom, "I better confirm our reservation," and dials his cell phone. Overheard:

"I'm calling to confirm our reservation. ... Um, what? Saturday?? ... Well, do you have anything right now? ... No? ... Oh."

Hangs up the phone, looks toward his family and says, "OK, c'mon, kids ... we're going hiking!"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Pretend

Parents and their 2 girls are at the Schooner Head Overlook this morning ...

Mom, trying to take a pic of the "tweenager," says, "Just sit down and make believe you're having a good time!"

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mama Always Told Me to Think Before Speaking

Overheard at Mama DiMatteo's in Bar Harbor ...

Local sees a guy he knows sitting at the bar with a woman and says, "Hey, Chris! How are ya? I never met your wife ..." (pregnant pause ... wait for it ...)

"This IS your wife, isn't it?"

Deep Thoughts ...

Overheard at Otter Point in Acadia National Park yesterday, during an Interpretive Ranger Program on tide pools ...

A pleasure boat cruises past the point, and one of the guys in the group turns to his friend and says, "I guess the color of the buoys tells them how deep the water is..."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Found It!!

Dad and 3 kids clambering over rocks at Newport Cove yesterday. The girl gets right up to the edge and exclaims, "Found it!!"

Dad and boys come over, and they're all intently looking down for several minutes.

Lost hat?
House key?
Tide pool, even???

They never went down to "retrieve" anything or investigate further.

After they left, we couldn't help but walk over and take a peek ourselves, to see what they "found."

Apparently, it was ... the OCEAN.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Expert from Washington, DC

A group at the Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain asks a fellow in another group to take their picture, mentioning that they're from Washington, D.C.

A bird flies over Eagle Lake, and one of the D.C. fellows asks, "Did you see that bird?" The apparent avian expert in the group, having spied the bird on the wing at likely over a mile distant, confidently says, "Oh yeah ... it was a bald eagle." "Really?" asks one of his friends. "Yeah, it's Eagle Lake."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

"Honey ..."

Couple out on the rocks between Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff during high tide this afternoon. As the husband moves closer to the water's edge to get a good photo of the cliff, the wife yells down to him, "You paid the life insurance premium this month, didn't you?"

I THINK she was kidding. :-D))

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What are those directions again??

Came across this in someone's blog about their recent college tour: "The College of the Atlantic is situated on Mount Desert Island in Maine just outside of the town of Bar Harbor. The college is so close that students can easily walk there by road or by a sandbar during low tide. How cool is that?"

Um ... good luck walking to Bar Harbor from COA across a sandbar.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Forrest? Is that you?

Couple on bench on Cottage Street near Main this afternoon.

He, on his cell phone: "No, I don't see you ... it's the red Firebird? No, not yet."

She: "Yes, we did. I just saw it go by!"

He: "Oh, yeah, we just saw you go by. What? There's a black truck following you? Oh, yeah, then, we definitely saw you. Come back. Hurry! Hurry! Run, Forrest, Run!"

She: "That's not nice."

Cruise Ship Mystery

Two women on a deck at Bar Harbor Inn's Oceanfront Lodge around noon  ...

Older woman: "Look ... ANOTHER cruise ship has come in!"

Younger woman: "No, mom, it's the same one ... it just came in this morning."

Older: "No, it's definitely a different one. The first one was facing the other direction."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I'm shocked

Guy conducting a monologue in a group of people at the gazebo at the Bar Harbor Inn tonight: "We had dinner at Gringo's. It was alright. No, really, it was alright. But all the way up here, we were talking about going to Miguel's. But Miguel's is no more. Shocking. SHOCKING!!"

And don't forget: We're here to have FUN!

Overheard at the Eagle Lake carriage road parking lot:

Dad to 5-yr-old son, emerging from the carriage road with their bikes: "Walk your bike. Stay off the parking lot. Stay off the sidewalk."

But ... it's a FROG

Overheard at Duck Brook ...

4-5 year old boy to Dad: "Daddy! Daddy! Look! A frog!"

No response.

Child, more urgently: "Daddy! Look - a frog!!"


Child, louder: "Daddy! Daddy! A FRRROGGGG!!"

Dad, wryly: "Yeah, we don't have those in Philadelphia."


Middle-aged couple at the end of the Town Pier, looking over the railing at a flock of seagulls on the float:

She: "Look at all those birds! What are they?"

He: "Geese. Yeah, they're geese."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cruise Ship Ladies, Part II: What's on that map, anyway?

Same two cruise passengers walking up Wayman Lane in Bar Harbor.

Local, trying to be helpful, asks, "Have you gone into the Park yet?"

The one with the map replies, "There's a park here?"

Cruise Ship Ladies, Part I: They have lobster here, don't they?

Two female cruise ship passengers, walking up Wayman Lane from the Shore Path.

One, apparently puzzled by the map she's holding, asks a local, "Do you know where the lobster place is?"

Local, dumbfounded.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I don't even want to be here

On the carriage road at Duck Brook in Acadia National Park, a father and sulky teenage son had been riding their bikes and stopped for a break.

Dad says, "Here, why don't you try my bike?"

Son: "I don't even want to be here."

Dad: "I should have left you home with your mother to go shopping."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Good advice

Couple in vehicle with Maine license plates, dodging pedestrians on Main St. yelling "Crosswalk!" to jaywalkers.