The final leg of our trip: Bar Harbor, Maine. Fortunately we had a microwave at this hotel so we didn't have to worry about setting off any more fire alarms! At this point in the trip I had become frustrated with cooking out of hotel rooms and trying to create appealing dishes while balancing my tools and ingredients on the limited counter space beside the hotel bathroom sink! The rest of us were feeling very tired of restaurant food which once again sealed the deal that next time we travel, we will get accommodations with a kitchen.
We had a great time in Bar Harbor despite the food allergy issues and I would highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance. It is just beautiful and there is lots for a family to do. On our last day we went for lunch and then took a boat trip to see lobster fishing in action, harbor seals and a lighthouse. Bar Harbor is a great place to travel to if you have a dog as well. There are many shops in town that cater to dogs and their owners and they are welcomed in many businesses and hotels. They are also welcome at the Acadia National Park.
Kate just loves dogs and on our last evening as we walked to dinner she was happy to see so many dogs out walking and made sure to say hello to all of them. She was wearing her brown and white polka dot dress that I love and we came across a dog with a coat that matched her dress! The dog, named Bella, was very friendly and Kate was more than happy to befriend Bella. Unfortunately, the dog kept licking Kate's face and I had just learned in my allergy safety training course that this can be dangerous for children with food allergies if the dog has eaten something that is not safe for the child. We went off to dinner and sure enough within a few minutes, Kate had a huge hive on her face. I am pretty confident that this came from Bella but do not know whether it is because the dog had in fact eaten something with milk, egg or nuts in it or perhaps Kate is allergic to dogs like her brother? We will find out soon as she is getting her annual allergy testing this week (skin tests) and for the first time ever we are going to do the RAST (blood) testing as well. I will keep you updated on how that goes!
We are back home now and happy to be eating home-cooked meals! We have great memories of our trip overall and brought back an adorable little jingle bell lobster ornament that will remind us every year at Christmas of our wonderful trip to Maine. Nothing beats time together as a family and I am truly grateful that we had such a happy, safe, vacation experience.
Thanks for following me on my journey as we did our Road Trip with a Food Allergic Child!