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Quickest Route To ‘Acadia’, Maine From New Hampshire, Boston & All Points South.

by Anura Guruge

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The quickest way, by 30 – 45 minutes is to STAY on I-95 all the way to Bangor and then take (the new) 395 and Route 1a to Ellsworth (the Gateway to Acadia)

It is longer, BUT quicker because you are on I-95 doing “65” mph.

It is not the MOST scenic. If you have the time and want to enjoy the scenery, including the quite magnificent ‘Penobscot Narrows Bridge‘, turn off I-95 in Augusta (Maine) and take Routes 202, 3 and 1. Route 1, obviously, is iconic and there is always a lot to see. But, you are averaging 45 mph, at best.

We have been to Acadia 8 times since 2013. We always too the scenic route. I would often question locals about it. They would say there wasn’t much of a difference and as such it was worth taking the scenic route.

Well in June of this year, coming back from our latest visit, I decided to give the Bangor route a try. Wow, it was noticeably quick. Pretty boring driving on I-95, BUT Route 1a is quite pretty.

I think in future I will most likely take the faster route.

Hope this helps and quells the debate as to the faster route once and for all. P.S., Google recommends the Bangor route!

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Sunset Cruise On Schooner “Argia” Off Mystic, Connecticut.

by Anura Guruge

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Taken with a rented Nikon D500.

Evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Teischan and I both like being out on the water, and doing so on boats. So doing a cruise or ferry crossing of some sort was definitely on the agenda for our 3-day jaunt to Mystic, Connecticut — primarily to visit the famed aquarium.

I had seen ads for the ‘Argia‘ schooner, online, even before we left. So I had made a mental note that it could be a possibility. On our first time into Mystic per se, as opposed to the aquarium which is situated just outside (right on I-95 (to speak)), we saw a sign for the ‘Argia Cruises’, pointing down a side road, just before we got into town. I turned in — and it was easy enough to find since they have their own wharf. The schooner (along with a couple of others) was at dock getting ready for its 10am morning cruise. It looked fun. Teischan liked it. It was a perfect day. The forecast was great for the whole day. So I got two tickets for the Sunset Cruise which departed Mystic at 5:30pm.

It worked out well. Very pleasant and educational. Though we had taken the Amtrak from Boston to New York many times I had not realized that when crossing the Mystic River the train goes over a ROTATING (beige colored) bridge. [See pictures above.] This is just beyond the Route 1 drawbridge in Mystic — more or less the first thing we had to negotiate on the cruise.

The name refers to a water nymph on the Tiber River in Rome.

100hp diesel engine is used while going through the river and Mystic harbor. It is only under sail, for about 30 minutes, when it is in the ‘Sound’.

You go past “Mason’s Island”, “Sixpenny Island” (famous for its clams) and “Noank“. Lots of other islands. The crew does a great job mingling with the passengers, doing running commentaries and answering questions. There is a complimentary platter of cheese, grapes and crackers as well as an endless supply of sharp lemonade. You can also bring your own tipple of board — though we didn’t.

Very relaxing. Just over 2 hours. We had a great time. We would gladly do it again. I recommend it, highly.

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by Anura Guruge