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Once Too Often At Two Cats

Two Cats, Bar Harbor

My planned post on Two Cat’s Café in Bar Harbor isn’t working out (mostly because I don’t feel like writing it) but I liked this picture, so here it is. We discovered that the name Two Cats is a bit of a misnomer, because they actually have three. We only met two, though, so maybe they work shifts. I’m not sure. We also discovered that the omelets are far superior to the pancakes; so much so that we would have written a glowing review if we hadn’t gone back a second time. But we did, and our experiences there were hit and miss as a result.

Nonetheless, Two Cats still seems like our kind of place. If we lived in the area, we’d probably be regulars. Just maybe not for pancakes.

Thar She Blows

Whale Watch, Bar Harbor, Maine

If not for some Dramamine, the title of this post would have had an entirely different meaning. We’re not generally prone to seasickness, but traveling at 35 miles per hour over 10 foot swells was a new experience for both of us. And not an altogether pleasant one, either. We managed to hold it together, though, until the boat finally slowed, nearly an hour later, at a common whale feeding area.

Whale Watch, Bar Harbor MaineThis was our first whale watch and we soon discovered what we probably should have known all along: whales have higher priorities than entertaining humans. So it wasn’t as much of a whale watch, as it was a whale wait. These wily creatures can stay submerged for a long time and generally only come up for a couple of breaths before diving deeply again, only to reemerge a long distance from where they were last spotted. We did see several of the beasties, though, including a mother and a calf swimming and diving in unison.

You wouldn’t know it, but I took a couple hundred photographs during our three hour tour. Either because of inadequate equipment or, um, inadequate skills, I mostly captured open ocean and images more suitable for Lock Ness Monster evidence than for enjoyable viewing. But what you see above is a finback whale, the second largest living animal, second in size only to the blue whale.

These critters are not only large, but are also incredibly fast. For a long while their speed helped them evade hunters. But our creativity knows no bounds, and we soon discovered that exploding harpoons slow them down enough to kill them. And we did, by the hundreds of thousands in the early 20th century. We harvested so many that we nearly hunted them to extinction. They’re still listed as endangered today, and so it was our good fortune to see them, and their calves, happily, and safely, at sea.

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