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Two Hikers Die In ‘Acadia National Park’, March 19, 2021 — Falling 100′ From Icy ‘Dorr Mountain’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access coverage (shown above) from ‘News Center Maine’


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Click image to access my 2019 post. This is the LAST death at Acadia that I was aware of. But, that means nothing.


I belong to a ‘Maine Hiking‘ group on Facebook & as such heard about this long before it got to the media. SHAME. Us year-around hikers can relate — THOUGH I, in my dotage, tend to stay clear of dangerous icy hikes, just restricting myself to less-risky tracks. SMILE.

Shame.

I have never done Dorr — named after George B. Dorr, the so called ‘Father of Acadia National Park‘.

I used to TRY to keep track of deaths at Acadia. But, I live too far away. So, I only get to hear the more ‘notorious’ ones — such as this. I think it averages out to about 5 a year, though the Park Service refuses to count any that happen outside the LEGAL borders of the park, e.g., drownings at sea EVEN if they fell from Park property.

Well, I just wanted to let you know. Hopefully all the ice & snow will be gone, from the main trails, by end of next week. So, be careful.


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25 Rare Vintage Photos Of America’s National Parks by “Reader’s Digest”.

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Click image to access the Reader’s Digest article with the pictures.


I thought you might enjoy them.

This was MY favorite. I visited ‘Curry Village‘ at Yosemite in 1992. In 2016 it was GONE!

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Click to access my post about the renaming of the iconic ‘Curry Village’.


Well, enjoy.


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

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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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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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Tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, 2017, Is “National Public Lands Day” (NPLD) — A Day To Volunteer.

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Some of you may have heard, over the ‘ether’, that National Parks, e.g., Acadia, and some State Parks, are having FREE entrance on Saturday, September 30, 2017. That is indeed TRUE. That is because it is “National Public Lands Day” (NPLD) – 2017. So, if you want to go to a Park for FREE, tomorrow is the day. [Not a BIG deal for us since as a family we have two (2) lifetime (4-person) passes to the National Parks!]

Though most only get to hear the FREE part, the real essence of NPLD is as a day of public volunteering on PUBLIC LAND. So, if you can. In New Hampshire there are various local initiatives THOUGH I can’t find any by our NH “Parks & Recreation” (for 2017).


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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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Non-Fatal Car Crash At ‘Acadia National Park’ July 7, 2017 — 7 In Honda Odyssey, Minor Injuries.

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

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
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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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Google Doodle In Russia For The 100th Anniversary Of Russian ‘National Parks’.

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FREE Christmas Trees For 4th Graders Through The Wonderful U.S. Government “Every Kid In A Park” Program.

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Click to access the official “.gov” Website for this wonderful program. We used it, gainfully, last year.


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The official announcement of the FREE Christmas trees. Click image to access official “.gov” Website.


Available in New Hampshire too!

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Click to get more details from NECN.


The “Every Kid In A Park” is a wonderful program — a worthwhile use of OUR tax dollars.

We lucked out last year, 2015 – 2016 School Year to be precise. Teischan was a 4th grader. I printed out the forms online.

We, as a family, went to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, in April 2016, using her free pass. She lost her pass when our rented SUV was broken into in San Francisco.

When we went to Acadia National Park, in July, for the Centenary, I got her another pass. No hassle — as long as she was a 4th grader.

So, I am an avid supporter of this program.

This free Christmas tree deal is another winner. A great promotion. I am delightedPass this information along.

All 4th Grade teachers should make a point of explaining this to their kids.

[Some, for reasons that escape me, are reluctant. I tried to get Teischan’s teacher to tell the other kids about this program BEFORE the Summer vacation. She never did!]

 


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