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‘Acadia National Park’ 2020 (COVID-19) Update — Mid-July.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE & Enjoy. SMILE.

Click to ENLARGE & read. This is BAD. BIGGEST IMPACT!

Click to ENLARGE & get the gist here. From: nps.gov/acad/index.htm

The one road that is supposed to be CLOSED per the ‘National Park Service’. No big deal. Dirt road. I don’t think I have explored this road in YEARS. No loss.

Click image to access my post from YESTERDAY — with a LOT of pictures. SMILE.

Acadia National Park‘ is alive & well, as beautiful, enchanting & welcoming as ever.

It was CROWDED. Lots of folks. Look at the number of ‘dots’ on ‘Sand Beach‘.

There was also more car traffic than we were used to. Yes, it is true that we have never been in July. Our trips have been in: last week of June, first week in September & once in early March. And I know that July is said to be the busiest month. But, I worked out another reason for the increased traffic. NO BUSES. That is a shame. I noticed it within 20-minutes of driving the ‘Loop’. No buses. I can understand. I had not planned to use the buses — not on this quick trip. We do use them — it is what we do on rainy days. Take the 3(+)-hour return bus ride from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor.

Did NOT notice that the campsites were closed. Not that I ever take much notice of campsites. We met a number of folks who said they had come in RVs. Never asked them where they parked.

Just drove through Bar Harbor, at 8:30pm at night, on the way home. Did not stop. Fair amount of folks. It was busy. Not sure about social distancing. Lot of people congregating on the pavement waiting to go into restaurants! Not good. The stores looked EMPTY. They can’t be happy.

A few restaurants closed. A few motels closed — some for sale.

Well, that is my update.

Glad we visited. The drive was worth it. Fantastic place.

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by Anura Guruge


Alton, N.H. ‘Old Home Day’ Fireworks — August 8, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

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Devanee (14) took most of these firework pictures using my Canon T3i
which she is now convinced will be hers within the next 3 weeks.

We had to alas forgo the evening part of Alton “Old Home Day” 2015, despite the concert by our favorites “Annie & the Orphans“, because it was also the last evening of “Huggins Fair” in Wolfeboro. It was a painful decision but, to be honest, not a hard one. Very few things take precedence over the last evening of Huggins. That is when we now go to the Fair and it is very much an entrenched annual event in the Guruge family calendar. Yes, we were hoping to get back early enough to see ‘Annie’ but it didn’t work out as we had planned.

We got to the Alton just around 9pm. I wasn’t sure whether we would be able to even get close to the Bay. I expected it to be packed. I was wrong. There was hardly any crowds by the bridge, at the head of the Bay, and definitely no traffic. We just drove in and parked within 150 yards of the Bridge, at a legal parking spot, on the road. ‘The Orphans’ were just winding down. Compared to prior years there was hardly anybody on the bridge — the BEST place to watch the pictures as pictures testify. Not sure why. Great weather. Not a hint of precipitation and very temperate.

The fireworks were par for the course for Alton. Not overtly spectacular. But they were ‘OK’ and as I tell the kids, all fireworks, by definition are ‘good’ and it is always a privilege to watch a public firework display. Much of it, like 12 minutes, as is always the case, was hesitant, humdrum and lackluster. But to be fair there were a few good ones interspersed and three exploded prematurely, right above the barge, which provided some excitement. And then there is always the decent finale which makes up for all that went ahead. So it was OK. It was good. Glad we went. Not sure why others were not there to partake.

Doesn’t Anybody Go To Watch Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20 Matches At The Venue?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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I don’t normally watch any domestic cricket, from any country, preferring to get my daily fix from international games, ideally Tests and failing that ODIs.
But, until we get the DVR-like 30-day ‘Catch Up TV‘ feature on the Skybox TV, I have to watch what is being ‘broadcast’. Today TEN was focused on the Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20. I had never even heard of it since I am not that partial to T20 — unless the West Indies are batting.

So I ended up seeing parts of two separate matches, both from the R. Premadasa Stadium (which I used to know as the Oval). In both cases the stadium was empty. I didn’t even spot a dog. I used to go to British county games, mid-week, in the 1970s (though I was supposed to be working at IBM). There wouldn’t be many folks around but there was certainly at least a 100 more for those games than I saw at the Premadasa. That is pretty bad, especially for a T20. Yes, I am sure Sri Lankans have had a surfeit of International cricket over the last few years and now, as opposed to when I was growing up (when Ceylon did not have TV), they can always watch it on the telly. It is kind of a shame. International players in an empty stadium. Some pretty decent cricket too. If nothing else, we can belt a cricket ball (better than most).

Premadasa moderately populated for what looks like an ODI. Today, in marked contrast, all these stands were empty and I mean not a soul in sight, not even a stray dog — never mind the proverbial ‘a man and a dog’.

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH — What We Need, Zapta Racing. WOW (and Remember I Own ‘WOW NH’)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Click either image to access THE video. Worth watching.

We need to bring back the BIG, mass appeal crowd pleaser attractions to Lake Winnipesaukee, which of late has turned into, much of the time, sleepy, backwater. I have heard that there used to be big water skiing extravaganzas like you would see in those old Hollywood movies. I have also read stories of the old wooden cigarette boat races. I remember, vividly, two ‘Off Shore Racing Boat’ races in the Broads, c. 1999 — maybe 1999 and 2000. Those were cool. That was exciting. We went by boat. They were helicopters filming the race. It was Florida in NH. Plus you could go to Weirs and look at those huge, long boats with giant engines. Now, nothing. Lets have Zapta Racing. That would reinvigorate the Lake and surrounds.

Power boats on Winni at Wolfeboro, NH. Click image to read the story.