President Obama and his family took in the view from Bass Harbor Head Light today as they enjoyed their second vacation day on Mount Desert Island, according to a pool report filed by Kevin Miller of the Bangor Daily News.

“It looks splendid down there,” the president told U.S. Coast Guard Chief Tim Chase from the Southwest Harbor station as Chase led the family and the first dog, Bo, down to the lighthouse.

The president, his wife Michelle and their children Malia and Sasha could be seen walking high above the harbor on the lighthouse catwalk.

Before venturing up the lighthouse, the Obamas had strolled along a path that cuts through the rocky terrain along the water. It was there that the Obamas crossed paths with Michael Fournier, 27, and Matthew Duggan, 22, as well as Fournier’s dog, Natchez.

After the Bo and Natchez  amicably “aquainted themselves,” the two men talked for several minutes with the president, the first lady and Malia and Sasha. Both men said they were impressed by the entire family.

Fournier, who teaches on Swans Island, said Michelle Obama talked at length with him about his profession and even asked him to relay a personal message to his students: remember to eat their vegetables.

“Talking to Michelle Obama was like talking to a neighbor,” Fournier said afterward