Portsmouth, NH

In case it isn’t evident yet we love the mountains and typically head north to cooler weather!  Our destination for this trip is Mount Dessert Island (aka: Acadia), but we decided to spread the drive over two days with a break around Portsmouth, NH.  We got to Pawtuckaway State Park after dark and quickly set off to find a warm meal.  Our search ended quickly when we happened upon the Holy Grail Pub!  Our kind of church!

Maybe it was the holy beer, but we hear more grunting and other weird animal sounds here than any other time camping.  Grunting animals were gone by the next morning, instead we had a iridescent blue friend visit us while we were packing.

The following morning we headed back to the coast first to explore Portsmouth.  While driving up Route-1 looking for a post office we discovered Sea Hagg Distillery.  This women owned and operated micro-distillery specializes in New England style rum made in a leaky copper still.  A tour and tasting later we were on our way to Portsmouth, bottle of rum in hand!

We interrupt this entry for lobster!

In Portsmouth we walked to Prescott Park to see the colorful boats on the waterfront and relax in the park.  Walking back towards the center of town Amanda stopped for an eiskaffee (German style coffee and ice cream). Our walk around downtown Portsmouth was short but enjoyable, the crescendo of the mini-tour was our stop at Portsmouth Book & Bar!

We hopped in the car and took the faster route via I-95 to our campsite at Bar Harbor KOA on Mount Desert Island. Tomorrow would come very early!

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