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Non-Fatal Car Crash At ‘Acadia National Park’ July 7, 2017 — 7 In Honda Odyssey, Minor Injuries.

by Anura Guruge


From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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Where the accident happened, 0.5 miles south of the entrance to Cadillac Mountain Road. Van was heading northbound towards Bar Harbor.


We had been there just 10-days earlier — in a 7-seater van, in our case a Nissan Quest as opposed to a Honda Odyssey.

I feel for them. Great testimonial Honda that they plunged 30′ feet down an embankment and only the 60-old driver suffered any injuries and even those were slight. Good job they didn’t hurt or kill anyone. Falling asleep at the wheel — just after noon! Possible that they got up early that morning to drive up from Boxborough, Mass., and that he was tired. Not good.


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Milky Way — When Was The Last Time YOU Saw It?

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Click to ENLARGE and ADMIRE here. From “darksky.org”, a wonderful organization, that is TRYING to fight light pollution — a growing problem in rural New Hampshire.

From ‘darksky.org‘ — click here to access their informative Website.


Do you remember? If you don’t that is very sad and you should try and remedy that ASAHP.

I will confess that I had forgotten how blinking beautiful — and beguilingly mesmerizing — it is!

There is nothing else like it — anywhere.

On Friday, September 2, 2016, on the way to ‘Acadia National Park‘ (for our 3 day visit), I took a detour at 10:30pm to go for a quick (and in my case it is always ‘quick’) run up ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. There were about 15 other vehicles at the top. I got out. The bright lights of ‘Bar Harbor‘ were right in front of I — as I expected.

Then I looked up.

WOW!

Right across, from horizon-to-horizon, straight-up above me — OUR MILKY WAY.

So beautiful.

I had forgotten the delight of seeing it.

Though it must have been visible when I was growing up in Ceylon I can’t recall it in the context of my childhood.

I know/remember that I only started being aware of the Milky Way when I moved to the United States in 1985 — living in very rural, farm-country Maryland (about 30 miles from a city). I used to love looking up and seeing it.

I know it was visible in Southern New Hampshire when I moved here in September 1986 — again to a very rural area at the time.

But now, though I still live in what is a rural area, on a dirt road, I no longer see the Milky Way. Light pollution is BAD up here. Why people who are afraid of the dark decide to live on dirt roads baffle me. Stay in the City with bright lights. Don’t move next door to me and put up 40 solar powered garden lights.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.


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Another Death At ‘Acadia National Park’ — Fatal Motorbike Crash, On ‘Cadillac Mountain’, September 4, 2016.

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From ‘Mount Desert Islander’, Maine.

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From ‘Bangor Daily News’, Maine.

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From Google Maps. “Cadillac Mountain Summit Road”. Click to ENLARGE. From what I can determine the fatal crash happened around this area.


We were actually in Acadia when this accident happened. But we were on the other side of the Island, i.e., the western side, heading towards “Long Pond“, at the time. We drove past the entrance to “Cadillac Mountain Summit Road” around 10:30pm but everything was long gone. On Monday, September 5, 2016, we did drive up around 3:45pm for our customary jaunt around the Summit but we didn’t see any signs of the accident from the day before.


His Facebook page, with pictures of his bike, is still up
(Wednesday, September 7, 2016).

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‘Dollar General’ in Barnstead, New Hampshire Is Now Open.

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Saturday morning, July 16, 2016, we set out for Barnstead [NH] to check out the farms that were supposedly participating in the “Barnstead Farming and Gardening Network” Open Day. That proved to be a bust. Noticed that the much talked about “Dollar General” (on Route 28) was open and looking very fresh and resplendent. So on the way back to Alton we stopped in. I think it is only the third “Dollar General” I have visited — and by far it was the nicest; it being very yellow, very bright and very new.

Good selection of stuff. Not “Walmart” but not bad for a local store. Lots of name brand products. Deanna was impressed with much of the pricing. So we can’t wait for the Alton “Dollar General” to open — possibly within the next month. That would be good.

Some of the stuff is expensive compared to “Walmart” or “Dollar Tree” — and I am a confirmed “Dollar Tree” addict. Given that we all take one a day, I buy lots of 14-tablet packets of generic Zyrtec Allergy Relief at “Dollar Tree” (at a $1/packet) or Walmart (at $0.84/packet). They had the SAME packets as “Dollar Tree” but for $4. Wow! That was a shocker.

Definitely good news for Barnstead residents. Happy for them. Can’t wait to see how the Alton store will work out. It will be closer to us than Hannaford. 


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‘Frank Mikeska’, The Great Magician & Mentalist, At The ‘Tan Turtle Tavern’ in ‘Acadia’.

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We were indeed very fortunate to get to meet, and get to know, Frank Mikeska, an amazing, and quite famous, magician and mentalist during our 3-day visit to ‘Acadia National Park’, last week, for the Park’s Centennial.

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The “Tanned Turtle” menu. Click to ENLARGE. Use link in the text.

On the way in on Thursday, July 7, 2016, I took the long and scenic route to our hotel (the ‘Wonder View Inn’) in ‘Bar Harbor‘, since we were in no hurry to check-in, via ‘Somes Sound‘, ‘Northeast Harbor‘ and ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. At the Marina in ‘Northeast Harbor’ Deanna picked up the menu for the recently opened “Tanned Turtle Tavern“, right across from the Marina. It looked interesting: lots of seafood (by the basket), interesting appetizers and decent prices. We decided to go there for dinner that night rather than eat in ‘Bar Harbor‘ (yet again).

We made it for dinner around 8pm on what was a rainy night. The place was buzzing. Great atmosphere. THE FOOD WAS GOOD! We are going back again the next time we are at Acadia (and we usually go up twice a year). Then we met Frank and that was quite the bonus.

We were finishing dinner when Frank, in his distinctive waistcoat, ambled by, peered through the windows at the gloom and commented about the weather. We somehow got into a conversation — with me asking him, correctly, whether he was from Florida (based on his tan and attire). It soon transpired that he was a magician. He started with some standard disappearing routines. The kids were agog. Then came some amazing card tricks as good, if not better, than anything we have seen on TV — and we used to watch a lot of magic shows (especially ‘David Blaine‘). We were all hooked.

Then with a flourish he informed us that he was also a mentalist. We already knew of one — Roderick Russell. So we were curious to see what Frank could do. He did a mind reading feat on Deanna that was astounding. It was impressive and cool. We had a long meaningful conversation with Frank. It was now past 9:30 and they were ready to close. Frank told us that the owner of the restaurant (who he knew from Florida) had flown him up, for the month of July, to help with the ‘opening’. And Frank, obviously, was doing a grand job. We had a drink and talked more.

Frank will be at the “TTT” till the end of this month. If you are anywhere on “Mount Desert Island” make it to “TTT” and see him. It would be well worth it and the excellent (well-priced) food will be added compensation. Really? We highly recommend.



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Acadia National Park July 8, 2016, Centennial (100 Years) — BUT No Public Ceremony At The Park!

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Click here for the ‘official’ Acadia Centennial 2016 Webpage
— by the ‘Friends of Acadia’ as opposed to U.S. Park Service.


Quite a few events listed BUT NOTHING
on Friday, July 8, 2016,
the actual centennial at the Park itself.

I thought there would be a public ceremony say
atop Cadillac Mountain by the
Stephen Tyng Mather plaque.

Seems a ‘poor show’.
Possible that the Rangers will still do something.
I guess I should check around.

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Picture taken by Deanna during our June 2014 visit (our 2nd visit).

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From above Website. Click to ENLARGE and read.


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“Acadia National Park”, Maine — Isle au Haut.

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The scenically gratifying and emotionally cleansing ‘Acadia National Park‘ (in Maine), rather than being one big park, is made up of three geographically dispersed sections. Most people think of ‘the Park’ as being the small area bounded by the famous 27-mile ‘Park Loop Drive’ on Mount Desert Island — with Cadillac Mountain in the middle and bustling Bar Harbor to the side. Well, even on ‘Mount Desert’ there is more Park than what is accessible from ‘the Loop’. And then there are the two outlying sections — Schoodic Peninsula to the east and Isle au Haut to the southwest. We did Schoodic Peninsula last September and revisited it again this June.

Isle au Haut is the most remote section of the Park and you can only get there by boat. There is a ‘Mail Boat Ferry’ from Stonington — but it is relatively expensive, i.e., $129 for the 4 of us. Isle au Haut is rugged and solitary. You can go for hours without seeing anyone else — other than lobster boats, if you are lucky, in the distance. If you like solitude, this is the place to go.

To be fair Isle au Haut is very much an option for the diehard or for those, like us, who want to be sure that they have covered everything the Park has to offer. In terms of scenic beauty what you experience on the Isle is pretty much the same as what you can see in Schoodic — and Schoodic is so much easier to get to.

But we are glad we did Isle. It was quite the adventure. 4 hours of solid hiking much of it over some strenuous terrain. We also like to go out on the water when we are at Acadia. So the trip to au Haut also took care of that, though the 75 minute trip is not as much fun as a nature cruise on Frenchman Bay. But, this is definitely something memorable. Not sure we will do it again anytime soon. The kids liked it. They will remember it. It was the Saturday of what proved to be a picture perfect Labor Day weekend. Not a cloud in the sky. Temps. in the high 70s. ‘The Loop’ as we found out on Sunday would have been packed. That was one of the reasons I chose Saturday as the day we took the ferry. At most 16 people got off at the Park dock on Isle au Haut. Once we started hiking we rarely ran into anybody else. You really have the place to yourself.

In case you are wondering it takes about 90 minutes to get to Stonington from Bar Harbor. So there is at least 3 hours of driving and 2.5 hours on the ferry. So factor that all in. 




Anthony Melchiorri Of “Hotel Impossible” Informs Me That He Took Measures To Have ‘Woodstock Lodge’ Closed.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I received the above e-mail, from Anthony Melchiorri, on Tuesday night.

He has done the RIGHT THING. This was what I expected and wanted him to have done. Now I know and now YOU know.

How we got to this point is that the show did not at ANY POINT inform us that Anthony contacted the authorities. Deanna makes a point of carefully reading the closing credits where Anthony talks about how things progressed after the show and there was NO mention that Anthony had contacted the authorities.

Well, Anthony Melchiorri has put me right and I am going to update my original post to reflect this. I have no axe to grind in this. I just wanted, as ever, for the right thing to be done.

I e-mailed Anthony back that while I will update my post, he, at a minimum, should put something up on their Website so others will know that he did what we expected him to have done.

As would be said in the Tintin comics “All’s well that ends well” — though I have to believe that the Lodge owner is livid.

Mr. Melchiorri’s stock is no longer in negative territory when it comes to me. I am actually impressed. Well done.

After Anthony’s e-mail, and after I finished bit more on my book, I did some Googling on “Woodstock Lodge”.

Yelp has quite a few posts that talk about the “Hotel Impossible” episode. Thanks to a link on one of the Yelp posts I found this newspaper article that confirmed, 100%, what Anthony Melchiorri stated:

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From the Kingston, NY “Daily Freeman”. Click to access.





Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” ‘Woodstock Lodge’ Episode Was Disturbing.

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Refer to November 12, 2014 UPDATE.

I was informed by Anthony Melchiorri, by e-mail,
that he did indeed contact the authorities
and that 3 buildings at the Lodge were closed down.

Please refer to UPDATE.

I am amending this post in view of this new information.

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Click to access Travel Channel’s Web page for this “Hotel Impossible” episode.


This was aired in October but we just got around to watching it (from a DVR list) this evening during ‘family TV’. I am not a great fan of this show, it is NOT a patch on the seminal “Hotel Inspector” show that used to be on BBC America, but Deanna likes it — and it reminds us of some awful hotels we have encountered in our travels.

Woodstock Lodge” in iconic Woodstock, New York, was by far the worst hotel/motel we have ever seen in life or on TV. It was disgusting and scary. We would have walked out even IF we had paid a deposit.

It was unhygienic, unhealthy and dangerous. As you can see from the image above it had toilets that were not properly seated. There was mold all over.

Anthony made a point of stating, categorically, more than once, that the cabins were not safe and should not be sold for occupancy.

BUT he never made an attempt to have the place shut down. In the post-show briefing that is shown at the end of each episode it claimed that the Lodge was still open.

That is NOT right. IF the Lodge is as dangerous has Anthony claimed, and it sure looked that, then HE should have called the proper New York safety and health authorities!

Simple as that. I don’t care what agreement he had with the owners. IF a customer gets hurt at the Lodge, especially a kid, then Anthony should be help responsible.

PLUS didn’t anybody in Woodstock or NY see this episode? Why is this Lodge still open. It, as Anthony claims on air, violates numerous building codes.

This is NOT right.

We could be wrong BUT it also appeared, on air, that the owners were not reporting all of their income. Of course we all know that is not surprising in the hospitality business. But, unless we misheard it, there is a sequence where the owner gives Anthony a profit/loss statement that says that they made $19,000 from the restaurant in 2013 — but then admits that it was more like $100,000! That is a bit of a discrepancy. Why hasn’t anybody checked on that?

This not right. In this episode the owner accuses Anthony, multiple times, that “this is all TV”! Well that would appear to be the case.

Shame on Anthony for not going to the authorities with this. Well his stock was never high in my book and now it is in negative territory.

Yes, we recorded and watched two episodes of the spin-off series “Resort Rescue” — albeit with another host, one with slightly more charisma that Anthony — but did not like it at all. Boring. 





Acadia National Park (ANP), Maine: Schoodic Education and Research Center.

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Click to access the ‘National Park’ Webpage for the “Schoodic Education and Research Center”.


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Click to access the “Schoodic Institute” Website. This aerial pictures shows the location of the beautiful John D. Rockefeller building relative to Schoodic Point (“X”), the road to the Point and “Little Moose Island”. See Google Map below and refer to post on “Little Moose”.

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Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above image. You don’t see the LOVELY, imposing building from the road. So easy to drive by. We did, a couple of times before we decided, late in the evening, to go exploring before leaving the Park for the night. Glad we did.


This spectacular John D. Rockefeller donated building, once part of a large U.S. Navy base, just off the rather well known “Schoodic Point” on the Schoodic Peninsula part of Acadia National Park is delightful, unexpected gem tucked away, out of sight from the road. It is part of the National Park and as such open to the public and DEFINITELY worthwhile visiting, IF just to enjoy the exquisite building from the outside, as we did — since we didn’t get there till past 5pm, having missed it on our earlier tours of that section of the Park. So glad we went.

Here is the pithy, 2 sentence Wikipedia description of this facility: “In 2002, the National Park Service acquired the former naval base located in the Schoodic Peninsula District of Acadia National Park, and renovated it into the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC). SERC is one of about 20 National Park Service research learning centers in the United States, and is the largest of all these facilities. It is dedicated to supporting the scientific research in the park, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become a new generation of stewards who will help conserve our natural and cultural treasures.”

That, however, misses out, inexcusably, as does as I notice the ‘National Park’ and even the ‘Institutes’ descriptions, the fascinating deal brokered by John D. Rockefeller (who loved this area and was so instrumental in creating the Park and its famed ‘Carriage Roads‘) to free up some land on the Mount Desert part of the park. My last picture up top provides a bit more detail.

But check it WHEN you make it to this part of Acadia.


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