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National Park Service Manages To Regain Ionic Yosemite Names Like ‘Curry Village’ & ‘Ahwahnee Hotel’ — Albeit For $3.8 Million!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘LA Times’ story.


This is GREAT News.

Shame that it cost the National Park Service $3.84 Million. They are short of funds.

This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.

I wrote about this, in reference to beloved ‘Curry Village‘, after my last visit in 2016.

Good News. The Park Service owns the names now.


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It all had to do with who owned these iconic names like ‘Curry Village’. The National Park Service had not made an effort, in the past, to make sure that they owned them. That was the problem.

The prior Concession Holder to the Park held the rights to the name and only now parted with them after a total payoff coming to $12 million.

But, the National Park Service will, in essence, own the names going forward. That is GREAT news.

But, this issue is happening or going to happen in other Parks too. Concession Holders ‘trademarking’ iconic park names. The Park Service has to stop this.


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“Acadia National Park”, Maine, Entrance Fees Have Gone Up As Of This Weekend.

by Anura Guruge


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So, the 7-day ‘car’ pass is now $30 as opposed to $25. Annual pass has also gone up $5.

It is not the end of the world, and it is still a good deal. But, I know there will be those that will be miffed.

We are lucky (for a change). Between us we have TWO (2) LIFETIME passes! We take it in turn to use them. {Smile} No, alas, they are not transferable and they do check your ID.


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The “Acadia National Park” Proposed Traffic Limitation Plan — The OFFICIAL YouTube Videos.

by Anura Guruge



These are ‘National Park Service‘ produced videos. I came across them thanks to Twitter. [As to why they split it into three, I do not know.]

Whether you had heard of the proposed ‘Acadia National Park‘ traffic limitation (in reality mitigation) plan or not, these videos are worth watching. They graphically illustrate the traffic problem that they are trying to deal with.

I can empathize though we typically manage to avoid the traffic.

As regulars here know, we try to make it to Acadia at least twice a year — and have already made one trip in 2018, i.e., in early March. We have visited 10-times since 2013.

We usually go in late June and early September — though we have also been there in July. The June and Sept. times we go are NOT peak-peak. Plus, I now know my way around, am familiar with the back routes and also know when the crowds will be.

I am also aware that Yosemite already has a similar reservation plan. I think that it is kind of inevitable. Maybe, as some had already feared a few years ago, the whole park may become BUS-ONLY (like the Western part of the Grand Canyon).

Not sure how they can partition the ‘Ocean Drive’ section of the ‘Loop Road‘ since it is a one-way.

I can’t say I am opposed to the need for some traffic regulation. But, I am hoping that it won’t impact me too greatly since I am willing to travel off-peak.

Anywho …

You should watch these videos. Well worth it. Well produced.


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by Anura Guruge

Visit Any U.S. National Park, Including Acadia, For FREE, This Saturday, April 21, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the official “National Park Service” Website at: .nps.gov.


This coming Saturday, April 21, 2018, is one of JUST 4 “Free Entrance Days” at the U.S. National Parks.

Entrance prices have gone up this year, $5 at Acadia National Park.

They have cut back drastically on these FREE days.

A few years back it used to be a COMPLETE WEEK in April. We know. We went to the Grand Canyon that year!

April 21, 2018, is the first day of the New Hampshire April school vacation. So, this could work out.

One-day FREE doesn’t normally get you much since ideally you would want to visit a Park for at least a couple of day.

But, hey … it is FREE.

Not of great interest to us. Between us we have TWO (2) Lifetime entrance passes to all Parks! We only need one, but, in a fit of generosity, I bought one just to give some money to the Parks I love!


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“Sieur de Monts”, Acadia National Park — Is No Longer Flooded.

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From the “National Park Service” Website.


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I had seen the above notice on the “National Park Service” Website before I had set off to Acadia.

We swung by “Sieur de Monts” on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

As you can see from my pictures it was NOT flooded. Lot of snow/ice and the ground was very soggy. But, the flooding was history. That, however, was before today’s latest Nor’easter, “Quinn“.

So, just giving you an update.


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Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park — The Iconic Lawn Being Totally Redone.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read. From the “National Park Service” Website.


I had seen the above notice on the “National Park Service” Website before I had set off to Acadia.

I had also read that “Jordan Pond” was open. Though I thought I knew most of the ways to get to the ‘Pond’ I was foiled from getting there the first two days we were there. Then on the third day (i.e., Sunday) I had stopped to ask a Park Ranger whether Schoodic was open. He said it was. I then asked him about Jordan Pond. He told me I had to take “Jordan Pond Road”, off Route 3, in “Seal Harbor”. That worked! I never realized that that was ANOTHER unmarked access to the Park Loop Road.

Jordan Pond was deserted. Saw one other person. We were the ONLY vehicle in the parking lot.

The ground, under a lot of snow until quite recently, was very wet, soft and muddy. It was difficult to venture much.

It is pretty torn up. I guess they could have it relaid by June 2018.

It looks like they are installing buried irrigation pipes. That seems a WASTE. It is NOT like that they do not get enough rain up there.

Anywho …

Just wanted to share with you.


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‘Acadia National Park’ Gets The Chance To ‘Acquire’ Iconic ‘Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse’ From Coast Guard.

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Click image to access the WHOLE story from the “Mount Desert Islander” local newspaper.



The “National Park Service” (NPS) that is responsible for operating “Acadia National Park” and the U.S. Coast Guard, that currently owns the “Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse“, are BOTH U.S. Federal Agencies. As such the NPS will NOT have to buy this lighthouse per se. The ownership and control will be transferred from one agency to another.

The lighthouse is surrounded Acadia National Park land. It is a small island among the Park land — and you can see that in the above map, where Park land is shown in green.

But, POLITICS will play into this. The Donald Trump administration is crippling the NPS in terms of funds. Even if there is no money involved in buying the lighthouse there will be some cost associated with changing the signs, bringing the property up to NPS ‘codes’ etc — and then that of ongoing maintenance. In years past this would not have been an issue. The NPS would have somehow found the funding. Not in 2017 or 2018 under Trump.

If the NPS declines the generous offer the Coast Guard will put it up for sale! Most likely a local conservation group will try and buy it — and there is no shortage of money on that Island.

I will keep you posted.

We tried to visit the lighthouse last Sunday while we were at Acadia. There was a huge traffic jam. So we didn’t bother.


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Political Fourth (4th) of July 2016 Google Doodle — Highlighting The ‘Now Under Threat’ National Parks.

by Anura Guruge


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Some of you who are not political junkies, like I, may not realize that the entire U.S. ‘National Park Service‘ ideal is under threat from Trump who plans to drastically cut funding and ‘de-classify’ many of the currently protected ‘National Monuments‘.

This Doodle, from invariably ‘Politically Correct‘ and very Liberal Google appears to be taking a dig, quite rightly, at the present Administration in D.C.


4th of July Google Doodles from years past.

2016 — A Festive 4th.

2015 — unique in that it did not have the word ‘Google’ in it.

2014.

Prior years.


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National Park Service Urging Acadia Visitors To “Make Their Own Party” To Mark Today’s Centennial.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the “Eagle Tribune” original.

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From “Eagle Tribune”. Use above link to access original. Click image to ENLARGE and get just the gist here.


July 8 2016 centennial no party

I had already given you the HEADS UP six weeks ago. Click image to access original post.


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National Parks 100th Birthday, i.e., Centennial, Is Just For The ‘Park Service’ — Not Any Famous Parks.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access “National Park Service” (NPS) 100th Birthday celebration page. They do point out correctly that this is all about the August 25, 1916 CREATION of the ‘Park Service’.


And President Obama visited 2 National Parks
to mark the upcoming Centennial.

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Click image to access the original “Voice of America” coverage.


To be fair the National Park Service (NPS), in general, has done a good job pointing out that this 100th Birthday celebrations relate to the CREATION of the Park Service than any of the famous National Parks.

They do, however, as I have already pointed out subscribe to this — THOUGH that is wrong! Acadia only became a National Park in 1919.

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Here is an extract from an Excel spreadsheet I created on when the
current 59 National Parks were officially established.

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Notice that Yellowstone, the first Park to be established, is now 144 years old. Yosemite & Sequoia, both of which we visited in April, are 126s old.

Yes, there are 3 Parks turning 100 this year, but they are not ‘famous’.

2019 will be THE BANNER year — with the Grand Canyon, Zion and Acadia (again).


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