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‘First Sunrise’ In Mainland U.S., During The Summer, Is NOT At ‘Cadillac Mountain’, ‘Acadia’ (Maine) — So, Don’t Sweat The New $6 ‘Sunrise’ Reservation Fee.


by Anura Guruge


I took this, at Cadillac, on October 20, 2020 around 6:24am. That was a REAL ‘first sunrise’.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. From ‘National Park Service’ Website for ‘Acadia’.
Click to ENLARGE. Continuation of above from the ‘National Park Service’ Website for ‘Acadia’.

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.

Two Hikers Die In ‘Acadia National Park’, March 19, 2021 — Falling 100′ From Icy ‘Dorr Mountain’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access coverage (shown above) from ‘News Center Maine’


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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.

Shame.

I have never done Dorr — named after George B. Dorr, the so called ‘Father of Acadia National Park‘.

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.


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Sunrise From ‘Cadillac Mountain’, Acadia National Park — October 20, 2020.

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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.


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Selfies From The Tippy-Top Of ‘Acadia National Park’, I.E., Boulder On ‘Cadillac Mountain’ — July 15, 2020.

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That is US.

She insists that I clamor up.
BUT, she helps me & is awfully concerned that I don’t fall off. SMILE.

This is the Boulder BEFORE I clamored up.
She gets up there in a flash.


 


The view from the TOP.


Another of her FAVORITE spots in Acadia. She looks forward to climbing this. She gets out of the car & races for it. We have not seen others get up. It is not that hard. I can manage. I need BOTH hands. So she holds my camera while I get on (& off).

This was from our day trip on July 15, 2020.


From 5-years ago. She was 9.


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Hiking ‘Mount Kearsarge’, Rollins State Park — July 26, 2019, Warner, N.H.

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Click to ENLARGE. My GPS track from ‘Garmin Connect’. Check the elevation.


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A YouTube video. You really should watch.


Alas and alack, the last day of my mini, 6-hours a day vacation in and around Concord, N.H. while Teischan was attending a one-week Summer ‘Art Camp’ at ‘Kimball Jenkins‘ in Concord. Rather than coming home after dropping her off (which would take me ~40 minutes), I opted to hang around the area, explore and get my usual exercise done. It has been awfully rewarding and I am so glad I am doing this rather than spending an additional 80-minutes driving back-and-forth.

Discovered ‘Rollings State Park’, in Warner, when we visited the excellent ‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum‘ (on the same road, maybe 5-miles apart) on Tuesday. Didn’t have time to explore it Tuesday, so I went back today — and am I glad I did.

Quite the place. Not ‘Cadillac Mountain‘ (in terms of the views) BUT not bad at all, at all. I enjoyed it immensely.

Hiking to the summit (at 2,937′) from the parking lot, via the Rollins Trail, isn’t difficult (~0.6 mile and 300’ elevation gain). It is NOT, however, a walk in the park. Very rockey and, though it has been bone dry for 2.5 days, muddy. They need to get ATVs up there to service the cell tower. So, they have various mats and wooden bridges to facilitate this.

Once I did the summit, in order to get my 4-miles for the day, I hiked 1.5 miles down the auto road and then hiked back. That felt good.

Highly recommend this. Plan to go back. Probably spectacular in the fall with foliage.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — June 24, 2019, Acadia (Day 1).

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Cadillac Mountain Acadia Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — June 25, 2018, Acadia Day 1.

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Acadia Bar Harbor Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2


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Elderly Pedestrian Killed Just Outside ‘Acadia National Park’, September 12, 2017 — “Chart Room Restaurant” Parking Lot.

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From the outstanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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“The Chart Room” is a well-known landmark just a few miles prior to the MAIN Hulls Cove entrance to the Acadia National Park. Click to ENLARGE. Created by Anura Guruge.



As far as I know, and as far as I can tell, this is the only fatal accident anywhere close to Acadia National Park in 2017 — so far. The prior major accident, on July 11, 2017, was non-fatal. Prior to that was the motorcycle crash, on Cadillac Mountain, September 4, 2016.

To be fair this was NOT inside the Park but it is as close to the Park as you can get without actually being inside. As you can see in the report, Park Rangers were at the accident to handle traffic.

Well known landmark. Hard to miss. Always crowded.

We were, of course, at Acadia over the Labor Day Weekend, this year — as we have since 2013. Traffic was crazy a couple of times BUT no accidents as far as I heard.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — September 1, 2017 (Acadia Day 1)

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Cadillac Mountain, Acadia, Maine — Sunset, Friday, September 1, 2017.

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