Travel Throwback Thursday: My Summer in Bar Harbor

 

During the summer of 2007 I had the opportunity of a lifetime… I was accepted into the very prestigious summer student research program at The Jackson Laboratory. The Jackson Laboratory, or Jax for short, is the top mammalian genetics lab in the world where cutting-edge research takes place daily. Every summer a select group of students from across the country live at HighSeas, a laboratory owned mansion on the ocean, and work with some of the top cancer, obesity, etc. researchers in the world.

Bar Harbor is a small, tourist town located on Mount Desert Island about 3 hours north of Portland. Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park, the oldest park east of the Mississippi. The Island offers a wide range of activities from art galleries, the beach, to many mountains to hike. It’s a great place to be during the summer months.

I spent my days that summer conducting ovarian cancer research in mice. I spent my nights and weekends exploring the Island and town with my fellow students. Of course, me being a native Mainer, I had the pleasure of introducing my out-of-state friends “the way life should be.” Items included blueberry ice cream, lobster (and lobster ice cream), and red hot dogs.

Below are some of my favorites memories of the summer. Not only did I have a summer of a lifetime, but I made some really good friends. 🙂

The coastline is absolutely stunning (and some of the summer homes are just as amazing)!

The coastline is absolutely stunning (and some of the summer homes are just as amazing)!

 

Part of the lab

Part of the lab

I did lots of hiking that summer on the various mountains.

I did lots of hiking that summer on the various mountains.

 

Sunset from Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest mountain within 25 miles of the shoreline in North America

Sunset from Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest mountain within 25 miles of the shoreline in North America

 

Part of the Summer Student Program is cooking on the weekend (we had a cook during the week, tough life I know). I loved the American flag apron!

Part of the Summer Student Program is cooking on the weekend (we had a cook during the week, tough life I know). I loved the American flag apron!

 

We spent time at Sand Beach

We spent time at Sand Beach

 

Each summer the Summer Students participate in the 4th of July Parade... this year we were Astronaut Mice (Jax is known for its mice)

Each summer the Summer Students participate in the 4th of July Parade… this year we were Astronaut Mice (Jax is known for its mice)

 

I was a tree hugging Astronaut Mouse

I was a tree hugging Astronaut Mouse

 

One of the best ways to explore the Island is via scooters. You can rent them in town and it is so worth it!

One of the best ways to explore the Island is via scooters. You can rent them in town and it is so worth it! 

Bar Harbor is a great place to visit. Summer is the busy season and the town pretty much shuts down during the winter. I’ve visited during the Fall months too and Island is just as beautiful as the summer (just fewer people!). I highly recommend a visit to Mount Desert Island if you ever find yourself in Maine. And try the lobster ice cream while you’re there! 🙂

~ Happy Training!

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