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I Got A Fitbit “Skyscraper” Badge For Climbing 100 Floors Yesterday. Their “Ferris Wheel” Was Too Premature.

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Yes, 100 floors — that is about 1,000′ vertical feet.

I am happy. I know I have climbed more than that — hiking in Acadia or Monhegan Island but I don’t have badges from those.

I kind of knew I would reach 100 — because I have modified my exercise regime. I need to lose some weight. It is no longer funny. I am more bloated than Drump.

Anywho.

Tomorrow is my day off when I rest my aging, aching muscles.

Maybe I will try again on Sunday or next week.


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I Relinquished My Garmin Vivoactive HR After 117-Days — Awaiting Availability Of Vivoactive 3 (Slate).

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Vivoactive 3 status at Best Buy as of Tuesday, October 10, 2017.


15-days ago I decided that I was going to upgrade from my Vivoactive HR, which I had not taken off my left wrist since June 14, 2017, for the newly announced Vivoactive 3. I had planned to trade-in or sell the Vivoactive HR ONCE I got the Vivoactive 3.

Well, as they say about the best laid plans of mice and men …

I relinquished my Vivoactive HR last night THOUGH I am unlikely to be able to get my hands on a Vivoactive 3 for at least another 2 weeks! That, however, is not the end of the world.

Devanee wanted a Activity Tracker for her birthday — which is today. She was looking at the Vivosmarts and Vivofits. So, I said she can have mine … So, that is the story.

I rest the HR and detached it from my Garmin Apps.

Appears I did 574.4 miles during the 117-days I had it. But, that coincided with the Summer and many a hike in Acadia and Monhegan Island. It is not going to be that good over the winter.

I am OK about not having an activity tracker for 2-weeks or more. I now know the distances I have to run and the various cadences I have to maintain.

I have only one regret. I want to see my activity over a 1-year period — uninterrupted. That could have been June 13, 2018. Now it will have to be … like October 23, 2018. C’est la vie.


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Nobska Lighthouse, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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This classic lighthouse is not in Woods Hole per se — just on the outskirts, on a side road so to speak.

We did not see it on our first two trips to Woods Hole (albeit both trips on the same day). I, however, did not want to leave Falmouth, Mass., without seeing this lighthouse. So on our 4th day, at the Cape, I made a special trip just to see the Nobska Lighthouse. It was worth it. There is parking for 5-6 cars right in front of the lighthouse and we were but the 3rd car there. Compared to the crush in Woods Hole, this place was empty. Nice little path to a rocky but scenic beach.

This lighthouse was very different to the ‘Monhegan Lighthouse’ on Monhegan Island that I had spent much time at just two weeks earlier. This did NOT have the elevation and as such the views. But it is definitely on a much busier stretch of water with large ferries going by all the time. Oh yes, definitely worth stopping by IF you are in the area.


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Monhegan Island (Maine) Sunset — July 26, 2017

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First sunset at Monhegan Island during our 3-day stay. It was after dinner — at ‘The Island Inn‘.

Teischan and I walked up to the Monhegan Lighthouse, through the cemetery — I taking pictures as we went along.

There were only two other people up there and we all shared a bench. There were clouds low to the horizon so it wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been. But, still an experience.

Enjoy.



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‘Monhegan Lighthouse’ On Monhegan Island, Maine.

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Located on the highest point on Monhegan Island, the Monhegan Island Light, is impossible to miss. It is an iconic and compelling landmark just to the east of the dock/village and completely dominating the view above the village.

From my experience and I visited it at least 5 times, thrice in one day, it is not hard to get to — much easier than it looks.

Thanks to a tip from a local I found that cutting across the cemetery was the quickest way to get there — and you get the added bonus of being able to explore the historic and serene cemetery with some classic headstones. See map above. There is a latched gate that you have to open (and close behind you). The path to the top, not used much is overgrown BUT is definitely NOT difficult to traverse in either direction.

The view is rewarding. I did see one sunset from there. That was worthwhile. Despite my many trips I never made it to the museum — one of the reasons being that it closes around 3:30pm.


Path through the cemetery.




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The Public Benches Of Monhegan Island, Maine.

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With tourism their sustaining industry the Monhegan Islanders (an extremely pleasant bunch of people by any account), from everything I saw, try very hard to make sure that any and all visitors to this glorious island leave with fond memories and a burning desire to come back again — soon as possible.

The public benches are definitely a part of the overall strategy to make sure that visitors will appreciate, remember and talk about the ‘small touches’. That said, from what I saw the locals are also very glad to have these benches in all the right spots.

Most of the benches are by the ‘roads’ — viz. Main St., Black Head Road & Lobster Cove Road — rather than on the trails. There is, however, a bench on Lobster Cove, just to the west of the famous shipwreck, and about 4 at the lighthouse.


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‘The Island Inn’, Monhegan Island, Maine — The Ins & Outs (But All Good).

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Our Room; #27 on the 2nd floor.

That is Teischan waving at me from the window …




THE VIEW


The interior …


Some of the art.


Staying at ‘The Island Inn‘, on the waterfront of Monhegan Island, Maine, is, without caveats a glorious experience.

We stayed there for two nights, July 26 – 27, 2017, and loved every minute of it.

The setting, the service and the sense of serenity is exceptional.

It is not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed in, but it is hard to beat in terms of what it offers in terms of views, coziness, comfort and laid-backness.

There are really NO negatives about this ‘Inn’. The only thing that maybe they should do better is catering for kids during dinner — but then, again, I have to confess that Teischan is a fussier/pickier eater than most.

As far as I am concerned it is all good. I would go back in an heartbeat. Would love to stay there longer (but at over $400 a night (with taxes) it is quite an indulgence).

It is different, not in a good or bad way, but in interesting ways. So, my goal here is to share with you some of these interesting differences.

>> There are no TVs in the hotel, in the rooms or in the public areas. Yes, no TV. Not a problem, and quite cute — just different. [Yes, they do have TV on the island via satellite.] The Wi-Fi, despite what they say on their Website, is NOT BAD at all, at all. I have had worse, much worse in hotels — just even in the last year. So, you can, of course, check the news and watch the stock market. But, as I was chatting with a few, it must have been strange and difficult on 9/11 (since they did not have Wi-Fi at the time). It appears that that was indeed the case, especially with some New Yorkers staying at the hotel at the time.

>> The rooms have NO balconies. I should have noticed that on the pictures of the Web. But, I didn’t. The view from the window was amazing and they do have a fire escape that you can go upon to take in the scenery and take some pictures.

>> There is no coffee machine or microwave in the room, but they do have complimentary coffee, in the lobby in the morning. I did not see an ironing board, iron or hairdryer BUT I was not looking for them.

>> There are no clocks or alarms in the rooms, and the clocks on the mantle downstairs were ornamental as opposed to timepieces. Time is not meant to be of consequence while you are on the Island, though, alas, this is no longer possible since everybody (I the lone exception) is permanently tethered  to a mobile phone.

>> Our room was big enough, even with three of us and a cot. The attached bathroom was spacious, airy and had a million dollar view. [Some rooms do not have a full bathroom. Given that freshwater is scarce they send most of their laundry, in large hampers, to the mainland, daily. That is expensive.]

>> The included, full breakfast, with à la carte eggs and pancakes, in addition to a very good buffet is excellent. Really good.

>> The dinner menu is sophisticated and the food was wonderful. Would eat there every night. A bit limited for kids.

>> The service is impeccable, extremely friendly and helpful.

>> The freely available water, from their private well, in very congenial glass tumblers was always welcome after hiking around the Island.

So, now you know what to expect. IF you can you really should spend a few nights at this Inn. It will change your life, for the better.


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Monhegan Island, Maine: 51 Second YouTube Video From The 2nd Floor Of The ‘Island Inn’.

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Shot this, on a whim, at 6pm, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from the fire escape on the 2nd floor of the ‘Island Inn’ on Monhegan Island, Maine. Gives you some feel of the island.

Given it was 6pm the light was fading. But, I couldn’t resist trying to capture something on video, though video is not really my thing. I prefer still images.


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The Fairy Houses Of ‘Monhegan Island’, Maine.

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We did not know about these amazingly creative and cute Fairy Houses until we serendipitously stumbled upon them — quite literally. Having hiked the west side of Monhegan Island we were heading back to the ‘Island Inn‘ (where we were staying) via the ‘Cathedral Woods‘ trail. See map below.

The first one we noticed was a wooden wreath-like structure, at eye-level, mounted on a tree — in what was a natural clearing in the woods. Then we started to realize that we were surrounded by Fairy Houses of all shapes, sizes and creativity. All along the trail for about 100 yards, on both sides and some set well back from the trail. There were even some built along a small stream. Very clever. Nice touch.

I, however, immediately knew that the ‘guardians’ of this MAGICAL island (viz. the ‘Monhegan Associates‘) would not be too happy about this proliferation of human construction. On my many trips to Acadia I had learned that building of stone cairns, a popular pastime for some, is significantly frowned upon (and could even land you in ‘trouble’ if you got caught). I was RIGHT in my contention. ‘They’ would rather that no Fairy Houses were built along the trails — BUT to be magnanimous it has been decided that IF they are to be built it has to be JUST ON that stretch of the ‘Cathedral Woods’ trail.

It appears that I have 117 pictures (at least) of the Fairy Houses of Monhegan Island! See below. I have only posted 30 above. So, I still have 87 more left. I will try and do another post soon. So much more I want to post about this island.


Monhegan Island Fairy House trail map Anura Guruge

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The 117 pictures I have of 
the Fairy Houses of Monhegan Island.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: Monhegan Island, Maine — July 28, 2017.

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