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Drowning Death At ‘Acadia National Park’, April 11, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


From ‘Mount Desert Islander’, Maine.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Google Maps’ — where else?


An area that we are extremely familiar with. ‘Schooner Head overlook‘ is probably our favorite spot in Acadia. Invariably our first stop. So, we can identify.

It would appear that it was accidental, but they are not sure. He seems to have gone to the overlook ahead of Monday’s snowstorm. I can understand. We have watched storms in Acadia.

Shame. And the 2019 Season hasn’t even started.


I at Schooner Head overlook in 2014.


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‘Baker Island’ — Acadia National Park’s Smallest Outpost.

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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, we did the 5-hour (viz., 8am — 1pm) ‘Baker Island Tour‘ offered by the ‘Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.‘ Though a tad expensive it was definitely rewarding and well worth the money. It is one hour out and one hour back with roughly 2.5 hours on the Island — with another 30 minutes (or so) devoted to getting on/off the island using a 12-person ‘tender’ (i.e., a skiff). An official Park Ranger, in our case the veteran Dusty Warner, led the Tour: narrated the trip (both ways) and took us on a guided tour of the main part of the island. It was good. We picked a picture perfect day.

Over 80% of the Island, which is now only sporadically occupied (and that by just one family) is part of the Park. So, you can visit in your own boat, if you have one — and while we were there we saw four folks come over in their own launch. That was cool.

Now that I have visited ‘Baker’ I have covered all 5 sections of Acadia National Park. This was our 11th trip since my very first sojourn September 2013. On our first two trips, like so many others, we just stayed on ‘Mount Desert Island’. But, then in September 2014 we stayed in Schoodic and since then typically spend at least 1/2 day each trip in Schoodic. In September 2015 we visited ‘Isle au Haut‘. So, now we have done the full house.

Baker Island is very different from Isle au Haut. For a start, Baker, is much, much smaller. Plus, unlike au Haut, it doesn’t have a bustling Summer community at one end of the island. Baker, is very FLAT and quite small. So, it is easy to hike, whereas au Haut has some challenging ‘scrambles’. Whereas au Haut is classically Acadian with the sheer cliffs and dense forest, Baker is very open with just a small forest in the middle.

Baker, originally inhabited by the Gilley family has an intriguing history. It was quite a bustling trading port, mainly for cod, towards the end of the 19th century. I have already ordered two books about the island so that I can get a better understanding of what took place.

I highly recommend visiting Baker Island. Gorgeous views and an idyllic, pastoral setting. Extremely relaxing.


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Another Accident Involving The “Chart Room Restaurant” Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ — March 1, 2018.

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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.



Thursday, March 1, 2018.

This was NOT a serious accident, unlike the one in September 14, 2017, that killed an elderly pedestrian in “Chart Room Restaurant” parking lot.

This was ahead of the approaching storm and as far as I can tell there was no bad weather involved.

For the Island, Mount Desert, this is a busy stretch of road. I do NOT think the restaurant was open. Not much open up there this time of year.


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72-Year Old New Yorker Drives His Car Into ‘Bass Harbor’ Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’, September 26, 2017.

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From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER

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Click to ENLARGE. Though many of you know “Bass Harbor” in terms of its iconic lighthouse, the Harbor itself is set back — and in this case the accident was on the ‘Bernard’ side. Created by Anura Guruge.


The New York Couple had been to dinner at “Thurston’s” at Bernard.

We eat at “Thurston’s” too and had done so on September 3, 2017
— just 3-weeks earlier.

Pictures of “Thurston’s” and Bernard Harbor.


No fatalities and not that serious. Driving into a harbor … You would expect that from a New York driver.

He was looking for Route 102. The roads around Bernard are narrow and if there was a fog, at night, it could be tricky.


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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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Acadia & Mount Desert Island Facts From The Back Of A Fridge Magnet.

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The front of the magnet. Click to ENLARGE.


I like this magnet. I have two of them bought on two different trips — one on our last trip, the 8th, in June 2017. I buy them at the ‘Hulls Cove Visitor Center‘. I can never leave that place without getting something. I justify it by thinking I am helping the Park Service. {SMILE}

Nothing profound and nothing you can’t find anywhere else — but I wanted to capture it (for my sake if nothing else. {smile}). After I scanned these I mounted this magnet on my bathroom door, with velcro, at eye level. Now I can look at it while I brush my teeth.


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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

Anura Guruge Acadia National Park July 7 2017 car crash Honda Odyssey

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Anura Guruge Acadia Park accident map

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

by Anura Guruge


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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Acadia National Park 100th Birthday, Friday, July 8, 2016 — In 18 Pictures & Few Words.

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

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Acadia National Park 100 years Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

Sieur de Monts spring Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

“Sieur de Monts” spring. The park was established on July 8, 1916 as the “Sieur de Monts National Monument”.

Mother Earth’s Creations Pow Wow artifacts Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s


Jordan Pond Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1


It was definitely very low-key, unstated and there were no fireworks of any sort. The Visitor Centers had some small stickers and tattoos with the Centennial logo lying inconspicuously on the counter while the main center, at Hulls Cove, and the gift shop at “Jordan’s Pond” had some Centennial merchandise. I, as is my wont, spoke to a few people and they had no idea that they were visiting the Park on an auspicious day. Once I told them they were, as was to be expected, tickled. The locals knew but were not making a big deal about it. One motel in Bar Harbor updated their roadside notice board to wish the Park a happy 100th birthday. That was about it. It wasn’t a great day weatherwise. Though there wasn’t much rain it was overcast, gray and gloomy all day. But we still had a good day — since it is neigh impossible not to enjoy yourself while in Acadia.

So that was Friday, July 8, 2016 on “Mount Desert Island” — Acadia National Park


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Rare Death At Acadia National Park — Just Ahead Of July 8, 2016 Centennial.

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From ‘WMTW8‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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>> Refer to this, June 8, 2016 post for the Fatal Fall at Acadia a month ago <<

Two deaths so close together is unusual in that Acadia averages but
a couple a year‘.

That the Park Service has accepted this as being ‘in the Park’
is telling. They are very reluctant to do so.
Folks that fall into the ocean from the Park
are NOT counted as Park-related fatalities!

Not all of “Echo Lake” is within the Park
(as you can see from map below).

That would have been quite a swim —
whether across or lengthwise.
If the water was cold you were asking for trouble.


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“Echo Lake”, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Note that 60% is outside of the Park. [From “Google Maps”, of course.] Click to ENLARGE.


Click image for details about July 8, 2016 centennial of ‘Acadia’ — then NOT called as such — becoming a “National Monument”.


Echo Lake“, as it happens, is one of areas of Acadia associated with Nude Bathing;
i.e., it is said to have some Nude Beaches.


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