“Raven’s Nest“, Acadia National Park — Schoodic Peninsula, a dramatic, unmarked and unpromoted promontory just off the 6-mile (one-way) Park Loop. Well worth the 50 or 60 yard ‘hike’ from the road. Yes, it is dangerous but so are other places in Acadia. Ask a local as to the exact directions. In September 2014 when we went we had to follow the “0.4 miles from a 35 mph” direction BUT I hear that the Park Service keeps on moving the 35 mph sign to deter visitors. Yes, there is a small parking spot for cars on the other side of the road. Easy to miss unless another car is parked there. IF the car has Maine plates you know you are at the right place! Thanks to Jim Close of “Acadia View” Bed & Breakfast (where we stayed) for giving us detailed directions on how to get there.
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Yes, it was our third trip to Acadia National Park in a year, September to September. What can I say. We like it and at 5.5 hours away it is, at least to us, handy to get to. Kids love it. They will go there at the drop of a hat. This was a three day, three night trip. But, this time we went, mainly (i.e., 2/3 of the trip) to the Schoodic Peninsula side. Since the June trip I had wanted to give Schoodic a spin — and now we did and we are glad we did. The Acadia National Park section at Schoodic is, of course, much, much smaller — the one-way loop around the park a mere 6 miles vs. the 27 miles on Mount Desert Island. But, if you like Acadia for what it is, i.e., the rugged, spectacular, often awe-inspiring beauty — then the Schoodic side is also well worth doing. A different, a more intimate and as such interactive, experience. Much less travelled. There is no Bar Harbor and you only see the cruise ships as small, but still unmistakable, blobs in the way out distance. We were lucky in that we got the low-down on what to see and do from a local expert, Jim Close the co-owner of the delightful ‘Acadia View‘ bed & breakfast we stayed at, on Route 1, very close to the turnoff, on Route 186 to ‘the Park’. Thanks to Jim we got to explore “Little Moose Island” at low tide and experience the giddying heights and splendor of “Raven’s Nest” a 40′ drop off that the Park Service does its best to keep hidden because of its innate danger to the public. I took 890 pictures with my new Canon. They did NOT come out as well as I had hoped. I am sure that at least 90% of that is my fault. I still haven’t cracked this camera. I was using it at too lower a shutter speed in order to maximize the ‘depth of field’. I guess I need to bump up the ISO (to at least 200) and use ‘Tv‘ (i.e., shutter priority) as opposed to ‘Av‘ (i.e., aperture priority) and try and keep the shutter speed at least at 1/125 second. But, I will post some of the pictures as I go along. So here are just 10 pictures just to give you a feel of Acadia National Park — the Schoodic Peninsula section.
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IF I have my contacts on (and I usually have them on for about 10 hours a day) and I am outside and if there is any daylight I will, without fail, be wearing sunglasses. If I am wearing my glasses and if there is any daylight they automatically darken. So basically you will never see me outside, during the day, without some type of dark glasses on my face. This is not an affectation.
My eyes, something to do with the keratoconus, are extremely sensitive to light. I have been wearing sunglasses, daily, since I was 15. I basically can’t face the day without sunglasses. So much a part of my life. I grab a pair of sunglasses if I am stepping out. Given my reliance on sunglasses I have a phobia about ‘running out’ of sunglasses! As phobias go it isn’t too bad, too painful or disruptive. At any given time I probably have about 30 sunglasses at any given time. I hide about four or five in the cars JUST in case I get caught in a car without sunglasses. I have a rack of about 15 in the garage and about ten in the closet with my clothes. Then I also have them, handy, on flat surfaces.
Plus I break sunglasses on a regular basis — like yesterday. I then just toss them away and move to another without a seconds hesitation. No attachment to any pair. Just need a pair.
Given the stash of sunglasses I maintain I don’t buy expensive sunglasses. I am also way too hard on my sunglasses to deal with expensive ones. A long time ago somebody bought me a pair of $150 sunglasses and then proceeded to lose them for me in a taxi in NYC — and don’t even ask. That was it. I have stuck with cheap glasses ever since. These days I just grab a handful, for a $1 each, each time I go to the “$1 Store” and that is typically at least twice a month. Design per se doesn’t bother me. They have to be comfortable and I like certain tints. That is about it. I have all shapes though the sizes do have some consistency. The kids sometimes make fun of me — both for my large collection and for some of the designs I wear.
So, this morning, I was INTRIGUED when I heard that ABC News was going to report on whether cheap sunglasses, and to be fair by ‘cheap’ they were not talking as ‘cheap’ as I buy them, offered as much UV protection as expensive ones. So I recorded it and then just watched that segment. WOW. What a relief — though again they are talking about sunglasses more expensive than I buy. i am going to start checking labels and maybe graduate to $5 glasses. That might mean I might only be able to maintain a stash of 10 or so at any one time. I will keep you posted.