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Would Never Have Happened IF They Were Driving A Jaguar.

by Anura Guruge


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Oh, dear. What a shame. Just to think that this would never have happened IF they were smart & savvy enough to be driving a Jaguar or Bentley.

I feel bad. Folks that just do not understand the bad karma. Never mind.

Anyone who knows I, knows my total & utter aversion to German bloody (quite literally) cars.


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“The Whale’s Tale” Gift Shop On ‘Great Cranberry Island’ (Acadia, Maine) — Cute, Delightful & Competitive.

by Anura Guruge


The Whale's Tale Gift Shop Great Cranberry Island Anura Guruge






DIRECTIONS

Pretty trivial to find once you get to Great Cranberry and you really must IF you have the time. It will enhance your trip to Acadia.

You can get to the Island by ferry both Northeast & Southwest Harbors, by private boat and if you are a better swimmer than I (and 99% folks are) by swimming across.

“The Whale Tale” is NO LONGER by the Town Docks. It has relocated further inland — but no far, not far at all, at all.

Take the main (only) drag out of the Town Docks … towards the famed Library.

Probably 1/4 miles up.

Right next to famed landmark … ‘Cranberry House‘ with “Hitty’s Cafe” & Museum.

It is right there. Right by the Museum.

So, you can’t miss it.


Delightful gift store. Some amazingly clever and cute stuff. Attractively priced. Great displays. I was v. impressed (and that takes some doing).

Nice, restored building. Full of light and airy. Very welcoming. Yes, we bought some stuff. Couldn’t resist.

Highly recommended. You have to check this place out. You will THANK me for this recommendation. SMILE.


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Another TOPLESS Beach In ‘Acadia’ (Maine) — On ‘Great Cranberry Island’.

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DIRECTIONS

Pretty trivial to find once you get to Great Cranberry.

You can get to the Island by ferry both Northeast & Southwest Harbors, by private boat and if you are a better swimmer than I (and 99% folks are) by swimming across.

Take the main (only) drag out of the Town Docks … towards the famed Library.

Probably 1/4 miles up.

Right before you get to the other famed landmark … ‘Cranberry House‘ with “Hitty’s Cafe” & Museum.

You will see the signs to ‘Preble Cove Trail‘ on your right.

You can also find a cut-over to the Trail from outside the Museum. Not hard to find.

You will NOT see the ‘Topless Sign’ until you are about 100-yards from the beach.

Easy trail. Walk in the park.


OK, when we visited, last Friday, June 28, 2019, it was empty despite being the most beautiful day of that week — sunny and warm.

But, this was BEFORE July 4th and I have been told that the Islands don’t start to rock till after that.

Yes, as this blog testifies (and you really should do a search on ‘topless‘) I, given that I grew up in Europe, have no aversion to toplessness — male or female. No, I don’t need to see female breasts. SMILE. As I have said, more than once, “after you seen your first 10,000 they all look the same“. SMILE. Yes, I have been to HUGE topless beaches in Europe.

Funny thing this … my posts on nude/topless beaches in New Hampshire and Maine are year round favorites — on a daily basis. Always puzzles me when I see 30 hits for ‘Nude New Hampshire Beaches’ in mid-February when the temperature is below 0F and there is a foot of snow.

There is a ‘bed & breakfast’ in Acadia that SELLS (for a $1) my Acadia Nude Beach map (yes, the one above). I hear that it is quite a hit.

Well, I just wanted to share.

Talking of topless — I have been topless in my 1+ hour hikes the last few days. Feels so good.


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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. 




Rockland, Maine, Breakwater Lighthouse & The ‘Haven’ Islands, Vinalhaven & North Haven Beyond


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Deanna, whose father was a lobsterman, is from Cushing, Maine. Rockland, ME, with its rather nice (but unbecomingly snobbish) Farnsworth Art Museum (associated with the Wyeth’s), is the nearest town to. So over the last 10 years I have got to know Rockland quite well. We hadn’t been there in a few years until yesterday. Deanna had a family ‘thing’ so the girls and I had an hour on our hands. So I took them to the Breakwater Lighthouse. It would be the first time Teischan, six, had walked to it. It was a beautiful day. We weren’t dressed for it, but it wasn’t that cold. [Deanna ‘knew’ the elder Wyeth and her aunt is ‘Sirithat he painted.]

There was an intriguing mirage affect on the islands. See the first two pictures. Pretty cool. They looked like they were floating.

The breakwater is 4,300′ (7/8 mile) long. They started work on the breakwater in 1881 and finished it 8 years later.

They brought the huge slabs of granite (I think) from Vinalhaven by ferry. They used a total of 730,000 tons. In the 1880s it cost $750,000!

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You can see the mirage effect here … as you can in the prior picture.






The Samoset Resort. We spent the last night of our honeymoon in January 2003 at the Samoset after driving up from Newport, RI.