Sunday, September 25, 2011
Ocean in View! Sebago to the Atlantic Ocean
Today our goal was to get to Acadia National Park. The big stop for the day was at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the last remaining such village with living followers of the faith in residence. We took a tour, but I must say it was less than spectacular. There were a few room that held Shaker furniture, but with the followers aging, and the sect largely following modern traditions (yes, they can drive if they so choose, and the only remaining brother is big on texting, we’re told), it’s a little like walking into the home of, say, a Catholic and expecting to see anything unusual.
Still, it’s a beautiful setting and in its heyday, must have been a wonderful community with a work ethic. Their business efforts evolved with the needs of the tourist economy from the fine goods to chocolates and candies of all descriptions. Sadly, those days are gone, too. Just candy making supplies to view. The gift shop carries the herbs the village still produces, as well as fine goods created by Shaker friends.
We made our lunch at the trailer, then carried on east, finally rolling onto Mt. Desert Island in time for sunset and camp in time for walking tacos by the fire.