The president of the United States and his family left Mount Desert Island Sunday morning after a weekend of sightseeing, hiking, bike riding, dining, and hobnobbing with the locals and tourists.

President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, departed the island at 10:19 a.m. on Sunday, in the same quick-moving motorcade that brought them here two days ago. Well-wishers lined the road to the Trenton bridge to catch one last glimpse of the first family.

Arriving here Friday, July 16, the Obamas wasted no time in getting down to the business of a family vacation, albeit brief, by heading directly off Air Force One into Acadia National Park, where they rode bicycles along the famous Rockefeller-built carriage roads before heading to the top of Cadillac Mountain. The Obamas stopped for ice cream at a shop on Main Street, rode around Frenchman Bay in a small boat, and had dinner at Stewman’s Lobster Pound on West Street Friday night.

Saturday morning found the first family at the Bar Harbor Club, also on West Street, from where they walked to Bar Island across a causeway visible only at low tide. Later that day, the family had lunch at the Claremont in Southwest Harbor, took a tour of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and hiked the Ship Harbor Nature Trail. Saturday night, the president and first lady dined at Havana, a Main Street restaurant in Bar Harbor.

Though this was a private family vacation, which Obama characterized as simply a weekend with his wife and daughters, the Obamas were met at all their island destinations by oft-surprised crowds of people who offered cheers and applause. Secret Service agents, aided by Bar Harbor and Mount Desert police, Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies, Maine State Police troopers and Acadia National Park rangers, kept the first family safe at their visits.

The Obamas left the Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. They are traveling in a small jet, not the traditional plane the president normally enjoys, though it too is considered Air Force One when the president is onboard. There is no official word yet from the White House if the Obamas enjoyed their vacation on MDI.

The Bar Harbor Times Reporter Mac Smith can be reached at 288-3311 or