Hello everyone! I’m back! My brain is back, my sanity is back, my attention is back… but now I have a new last name :)
For those of you who were wondering, our wedding weekend was absolutely amazing. Everything went off without a hitch, and I couldn’t have had a better time with all of our wonderful friends and family. The rehearsal dinner on Friday evening was wonderful, and was such a good way for our families to mingle a little bit before the big day — our families hadn’t spent too much time together before so it was nice to let them get to know each other a little bit better.
Will and I walking to the rehearsal..
And the wedding.. Oh my goodness, perfect doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about that day. I’ll do an actual wedding recap post when we get the professional photos back from the photographer, but until then, just know that it couldn’t have been better. There were no issues, no drama, just a gathering of amazing people for a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony and one hell of a party afterward. I swear, I honestly took about a week to recover from that day — the wedding was on a Saturday, and it wasn’t until the following Friday that I actually felt rested, awake, and recovered! I think that’s a sign of a pretty good party — and also a sign that my stress levels were so high going into it that some R&R was definitely necessary.
And boy did we ever get some R&R! After the wedding, Will and I headed up to Bar Harbor, ME for our “mini moon” (we’ll be doing a honeymoon in December). We stayed up there for a few days, just enough to relax and decompress after the wedding weekend, and I’m so glad that that’s where we chose to go. The weather wasn’t perfect (rain for 2 full days), but I think that was honestly a good thing, because it almost forced us to spend time just relaxing instead of “go-go-going” to try to see all that Bar Harbor has to offer in our time there. We did get to see some great sites, go on an awesome hike, and eat tons of delicious food, but we also spent a whole lot of time just sitting on the porch of our B&B reading books, drinking coffee and tea, and eating homemade cookies. Can’t beat that :) And we did get a full sunny day at the end to explore Acadia National Park, which was gorgeous and I can’t wait to go back!
The hike we did while there was pretty awesome, and we chose it off of a recommendation of two of our friends who had just been to the area. Because of the stormy weather, we wanted something relatively quick but also a trail that would still be a little interesting. We ended up doing the Ladder Trail up Dorr Mountain and then across the ridge to neighboring Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern coast. The hike itself was pretty much a straight shot up the side of the mountain, with a few ladders (hence the name) to assist on some of the steep scrambles. Thank God for those, because the rocks were pretty slippery that day, and we never would have been able to make it up -or down- without those (wobbly) ladders. The hike itself was really awesome and we had a ton of fun, but unfortunately the view at the top was lackluster because of the weather. All we could see was fog, fog, and more fog, although there was something kind of cool/eerie about being on top of a mountain that you know is surrounded by the ocean and not being able to see a thing! The funny thing was when we went back up to the top of Cadillac on Thursday and saw the view we had been missing, it was a simply breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding islands — I could have just sat there and stared all day.
All in all though, it was a great afternoon hike, about 3 miles round trip, and just enough of a workout to keep us both happy. If you’re in Bar Harbor and are looking for a shorter hike to the top of Cadillac, but one that will still give you a decent burn, I would definitely recommend this trail! And if you did it on a clear day, I hear the views are amazing the whole way up, not just at the summit.
I’ll leave you guys with some pics of the hike, since this blog IS about exercise after all! I’ll be back later this week with a recap of all of the amazing food we ate on the trip — hint hint, there was a whole lot of lobster! And then after that, I’ll get back to actual fitness/nutrition blogging, I promise ;)
Wobbly ladders along the slippery rocks!
This should have been a gorgeous view beyond that tree.. instead it was a whole lot of fog!
Getting closer to the summit… very very windy up here!
Summit! No view of the ocean, but we had fun anyway :)
My new husband on our stormy hike!
Readers: Have you ever been to Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park in Maine? Have you ever hiked Cadillac Mountain? What’s your favorite way to pass a rainy vacation day?