The First Family flew to Maine on Friday for a weekend of biking, hiking and taking in the beautiful views of Acadia National Park
, located on Mount Desert Island.
President Obama flew into Bar Harbor Airport with First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha on a smaller Gulf Stream jet, instead of a larger Air Force 1. A group of staffers, and Bo, the Obama dog, arrived on a second Gulf Stream.
The day: The family jumped into vacation activities, heading to Acadia National Park where they pedaled away on a 90 minute bike ride. They headed to the top of Cadillac Mountain -- the highest point highest elevation point on the Atlantic Coast at 1,500 feet, according to a sign noted by the White House pool.
At mid-afternoon, the Obamas motorcaded down Cadillac Mountain to downtown Bar Harbor, about a 15 minute trip, and stopped at the Mount Desert Island Ice Cream shop.
A small crowd gathered outside while the first family was inside the shop. Then, Malia, Sasha and the First Lady exited the ice cream shop ahead of the president, cones in hand. The president soon came out and walked over to chat with a group of five young women standing at the corner.
A National Park Service
boat ride around Frenchman Bay followed, with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, a close personal friend of the family, joining the group. The boat docked at downtown Bar Harbor and the Obamas and Jarrett headed to a restaurant named Stewman's -- the last stop of the day.