Monday, August 20, 2007

Chris and Linley's vacation time is winding down. They fly out at 6 tomorrow morning. Chris is going to try and get in one last fly fishing adventure today. He is bugging me to get up out of my warm (more on that later) recliner with my coffee and warm laptop on my lap. He wants to go pick up Weezie from the borders. Why is Weezie at the "Spa" you ask? Because we went to Bar Harbor this weekend.

We left early Saturday morning and headed for Bar Harbor. The temperature was only supposed to get up to 69 there over the weekend. It was also raining like crazy. But that did not discourage us. We stopped at Dunkin Donuts on the way to get coffee and donuts and continued on our way.

We were starving when we got there, as it seems we always are everywhere we ever go. Since it was pouring rain, we decided to try what was closest to where we were able to find a place to park. That restaurant would be the Parkside Restaurant. As some of you who read this blog already know, when I find a restaurant I like, I tell you to go there.....or a store I like, I tell you to shop there. Well, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever go eat at Parkside Restaurant. I have never been treated so bad. During the lunch hours, they seat you in the front under awnings outside. Since it was raining, they had the plastic sides rolled down to protect you from the rain. They seated us and everything was going well. However, we were seated by a downspout that was pouring water and it was splashing water on our feet. Half of us were wearing sandals. I had gone to the restroom and had just stepped out when I saw Dick standing there. He had asked our waitress if we could move to another table. (And there were other tables available.) The waitress turned to her boss who was standing by me and Dick and told her in a clearly disgusted voice and the Boss in an even more disgusted voice said, "Well where do they want to move?" I could not believe they were talking like this with us just standing there by them. So the boss goes with the waitress and fixes another table for us. The whole time they acted just totally put out. Finally, our waitress comes and takes our drink order. In a few minutes, they seat another group right beside us. Then they take their drink order. Then they bring their drink order. We have yet to get our drink order. Finally, we get it. The other table has now ordered. The waitress takes our order. The other table gets their food and orders dessert. We get our food. The other table finishes and leaves. We are eating. Julianne ordered a sandwich but didn't want any dressing on it. Yep, you guessed it........mayo on it. We were afraid to send it back for fear of.....well, I am sure your imagination can figure out what we were afraid of. She was starving, so she ate around it. During the time we were there, we witnessed the waitress rolling her eyes at other diners requests and just rude treatment by the whole staff. As we were leaving, the waitress was clearly aggravated with something and Chris asked her if she was having a bad day. She made some comment about it being the end of season, UGH! Well, if end of season, beginning of season, middle of season, paying customers make her and the whole staff so rude to their customers, then I will do what I can to make sure they don't have to worry about customers coming there. I am going to all the restaurant review sites and giving my review. I know some of you are wondering why we just didn't leave. Well, it happened so fast and took us all by such surprise that they were actually acting so ugly, plus the fact that it was really pouring, that we just went ahead and ordered. In hindsight, we should have left.

By the time we left the horrible PARKSIDE RESTAURANT the rain had stopped and the sun was peaking from behind the clouds. It turned out to be a beautiful day. We decided to go to Acadia while it was nice and clear so we walked back to the truck. Dick was already there waiting for us while we were walking down the block. Right in front of Dick, a tour bus plowed into the side of Dick's truck. Can you believe it? Poor Dick, he has had such back luck with his truck being hit with it just sitting there. The back panel is scraped up. I "hope" that the tour bus driver would have stopped to leave a note if Dick had not been there, but there was some doubt in our minds whether he would have or not. Anyway, Dick will get on this first thing this morning.

Cadillac Mountain views were awesome. It is just an amazing view. And it was COLD!!!!! The wind was blowing like crazy. There was a quick walk on the mountain then back in the car for some heat. We decided to to check in at the hotel. We stayed at the Acadia Inn. It is the sister site to Bar Harbor Inn. The room was nice. We all decided to lay down for a nap. And a nap we took. Dick surprised us with reservations at Jordan Pond for dinner. The popovers were a hit. And everyone agreed that it was one of the best dinners they have had. One of the desserts was a popover cut in half, vanilla or blueberry ice cream put in the middle and blueberry sauce poured over it! If you ever go to Bar Harbor, you must eat there. Last year when the Benson's and McFaddin's visited us, we ate there and it was a big hit also!

Dick and I insisted the children take us back to the hotel and they continued on back downtown. They got back around 11 and we all slept like babies. We got up, had breakfast downstairs and left. We drove around the park and saw all the sites. We then headed back home. It was a nice weekend.

So I guess I need to go get my clothes on and go pick the Weez up. It is kind of chilly this morning. I have my sexy flannel pj pants on and a warm up jacket on. Yeh, that kind of chilly.

I will talk to you later.......Remember, stay away from Parkside Restaurant. But go to Jordan Pond!


No comments: