Well, we knew it was coming. NOW it has come to pass. YOU need $6 reservations to go up Cadillac on wheels. BUMMER. There have been days when we have gone up 3-times in a day. Twice was more or less de rigeur. Once during the day & then last thing before we left the Park — or sometimes after dinner. SHAME. But, I understand. We have never got stuck in traffic but I have heard that it can be brutal.
Notice the Park Service has carved out ‘SUNRISE’ as a separate category. That is to cater for all those that are anxious to experience ‘first sunrise’ from Cadillac.
Well, I have good & bad news for them.
During the ENTIRE Summer, during 90% of the period covered by the $6 reservation system, ‘first sunrise’, in mainland U.S. CANNOT be seen from Cadillac! That is kosher. I would NOT joke about something as important as this.
You can ONLY see ‘first sunrise’, in mainland U.S., from Cadillac between October 7 & March 6. That is it.
So, ‘first sunrise’ is basically ONLY during off-season. How ironic. How cruel.
Yes, ‘first sunrise’ in mainland U.S., during the Summer, is visible from Maine — BUT not from the coast. SMILE. Yes, I know where to see it. Do you want to know. SMILE.
Click image to access my 2019 post. This is the LAST death at Acadia that I was aware of. But, that means nothing.
I belong to a ‘Maine Hiking‘ group on Facebook & as such heard about this long before it got to the media. SHAME. Us year-around hikers can relate — THOUGH I, in my dotage, tend to stay clear of dangerous icy hikes, just restricting myself to less-risky tracks. SMILE.
I used to TRY to keep track of deaths at Acadia. But, I live too far away. So, I only get to hear the more ‘notorious’ ones — such as this. I think it averages out to about 5 a year, though the Park Service refuses to count any that happen outside the LEGAL borders of the park, e.g., drownings at sea EVEN if they fell from Park property.
Well, I just wanted to let you know. Hopefully all the ice & snow will be gone, from the main trails, by end of next week. So, be careful.
It is SCARY that Google keeps track of EVERYWHERE I go!
Well, this is there summary of my travels in 2020 — COVID-19 or NO COVID-19.
In the end I travelled as much as I normally would have — THOUGH I did not take any type of public transport, get ANY takeout or go to a restaurant as of March 2020. So, all of these trips were road trips — many of them documented here.
I have already openly lamented, multiple times, that NOT going to ‘Christmas Revels‘, in Cambridge, was the WORST COVID-related DEPRIVATION I suffered in 2020! Think about it. Not going to restaurants, not going to Acadia, not going to Boston — missing ‘Revels’. Moreover, as my 14-year old daughter, another HUGE ‘Revels’ fan (who has been to at least 11 Revels) will attest, I was worrying about it getting cancelled way back in March! That was how early I was thinking about Christmas ‘Revels’ — & that from a man notorious for refusing to plan too far ahead. We, i.e., she & I, had even agreed that we would go to the LAST show — going to last shows something we like doing.
So, getting this video was a consolation.
Needless to say, it is VERY GOOD. Brilliant. Nice to see some familiar faces & hear some voices we know so well.
A BIT put out to see folks seated in MY SEAT in the balcony! That is supposed to be where I am. SMILE.
This had been on my ‘Bucket List‘ (modest be it) for a long time. As some of you know, I am not exactly a morning person. But, I decided to make an effort during my last visit last week.
I set the alarm & got up at 4:50am — the 2nd day in a row since I had made an early start the previous day also. But, I had, by my standards, gone to bed early. Was out of the motel at 5:30.
Was at the base of the Summit road around 6am. I had been told to expect traffic. Not so. There was only 3 cars going up with I. I (& the Jag) know the road well & we made good time. There was quite a few vehicles up at the top. I know the ropes. I parked on the legally ‘road’ (so to speak) right at the end — ready for a quick get away. (As it transpired it was not necessary. Folks lingered around.)
Sunrise, per my Garmin, was set for 7:05am. It was on time.
It was cold. I did a bit of walking to keep warm. Didn’t want to lose my good vantage.
LOTS of boats out. That surprised I.
Well, it was worth it. Definitely an experience. Glad I did it. Will do it again.
If you are a regular visitor to this blog it would have been hard to miss my passion for ‘Acadia‘. The ‘Bold Coast’, which starts about 60-miles to the NE of ‘Acadia‘ (as in ‘Bar Harbor‘) is really an extension of that same enchanting landscape. Just more rugged & remote.
It is hard to believe but I only just discovered this area — & that thanks to ‘Facebook’. I gather it doesn’t get the attention because it is another hour further away from ‘Acadia’. But, I gather it is hiking paradise. So, I am off next week — on my own. Starting off in Acadia. Yes, that will be my 2nd trip to Acadia this year — & as such I can maintain my record of (at least) 2-trips to Acadia for a year record for the last 6 or 7 years.
This should be fun. Yes, I plan to take a picture or two. Yes, I will publish when I get back. Stay tuned.
We like our vacations. I need them because that is the only time I take a break from the Internet & writing. In a normal Summer we would, at a minimum, have gone to Acadia for a few days. Well, 2020 has not been a normal year. Though my 14-year old daughter & I did do a 18-hour (1-day) trip to Acadia we did not spend a night there. As September approached we — yes, the 14-year old & I — knew we had to go on a proper vacation.
I had promised to take her to the Biltmore. She likes mansions. So, that is what we did. But, we spent 5-nights, at the Skyland Resort, in Shenandoah National Park & drove down to the Biltmore, in a ‘day’, from there. That was a mistake. LONG drive. Didn’t get much time at the Biltmore. So, we have to go back again! Not this year. 1,250-miles of driving (albeit in a rather fancy rental car).
This was from our Wednesday, August 19, 2020 visit. My 3rd visit to the lighthouse in 4-weeks! Given that it is 90-minutes away (minimum), I must really like it to visit it that often. Yes, it has become my #1 favorite local destination.
Those that are familiar with this blog will know that I don’t post many selfies — & the ones I do are my patented ‘Selfies My Way‘, where I take a picture of myself in a mirror. This one, i.e., a normal one like what most people take, is probably only the 2nd this year (maybe the 2nd in many years). The other one was at Acadia — a few weeks ago. Yes, obviously a theme. I only take them in places that are real dear to my heart. SMILE.
This is ‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine. Of course, from ‘Google Maps’.
For perspective. Not hard to find. Right next-door to Portland.
Click to access my post from a fortnight ago, i.e., July 31, 2020.
Not, of course, as scenic as ‘Acadia‘ — but not too many places are. But, this area is NOT bad. Has the advantage that it is 3- to 4-hours CLOSER than Acadia. I discovered it for the first time two weeks ago. I was very impressed. Didn’t have much time to explore because we had started in York. So, I am going back to spend more time. I am sure I will find interesting places & things to do. That is I.
One thing I did notice. Never seen as many BIKES — as in push bikes — in one place. So, at least, cyclists share my appreciation.
P.S., Easy enough to get to. Just start off on famous ‘Route 1’.
Given that COVID is preventing us from staying in hotels (& eating at restaurants) we have started doing WEEKLY one-day road-trips. We started with THE MARATHON to Acadia. Then, last week, it was Mount Kearsarge. This week, on Wednesday, it was back to Maine again, BUT not as far. There is so much to see, do & enjoy in Maine. And Southern Maine is just an hour away. So, this is what we did. It was fun. We had a blast.