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Fatal Car Accident Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ On Sunday, January 7, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Two vehicle accident, on Route 102, at the Southwest Harbor town line, a Ford Escape, travelling North (towards Somesville), and GMC truck coming the other way.

The fatality, Mr. Christopher Colman (28), of Saco, Maine, was the driver of the Ford, which had slid on an icy patch.

The accident happened around noon, on Sunday, January 7, 2018.


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Winter Comes To “Acadia National Park”, Maine — Road Closures Kick In For 2015.

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Officially, per the National Park Service, it is now winter at the ‘Acadia National Park’ though they ruefully note “As of Tuesday, December 1st: We have yet to receive any snow in the majority of the park. There is some ice on the tops of mountains and trails”. To be fair to them this is probably atypical. Per tradition road closings, in particular the iconic ‘Park Loop Road’, kick in on December 1 (irrespective of actual road conditions) and stay in effect until April 14.

And that is the case now, and I received an ‘alert’ as such from my ‘Acadia’ APP on my Android Pad.

Two sections of the ‘Park Loop Road’ are however open. A short section, known as ‘Ocean Drive’ between Sand Beach Entrance Station and Otter Cliff Road and Jordan Pond with access from the ‘Stanley Brook Entrance‘ at Seal Harbor. The ‘Ocean Drive’ section will give you access to ‘Thunder Hole‘.

All the carriage roads are OPEN and Route 3 that cuts across the Park and then then traverses the western perimeter of the eastern section of the ‘Mount Desert’ part is open.

We have never been to Acadia in Winter. The latest we have been is September and the earliest, June. I would like to go and I know the kids will jump at it. They are Acadia addicts. I don’t think we can do it this month or in early January. Just too much going on. But I might try to get up there, for a quick weekend break, in late January or February. Of course I will share with you. I know that most of the Bar Harbor hotels, including our now preferred ‘Wonder View Inn‘, is closed for the Winter. But I am sure there are a few open and then there is always Ellsworth — Maine’s fastest growing city.



“Acadia National Park”, Maine — Somesville.

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Somesville‘, a year-round residential village, is not within Acadia National Park per se (as is also the case with Bar Harbor and the other two ‘Harbors‘). But its is adjacent and you will have to really go the very long way if you don’t go through it trying to get to the western section of ‘the Park’ (on Mount Desert Island).

Somesville, as reflected in the name, is on the shores of the majestic ‘Somes Sound‘, the large fjord that neatly cleaves the Island in half — this also the ONLY fjord on the East Coast. Though small in comparison to ‘Northeast Harbor‘, ‘Southwest Harbor‘ or even ‘Bernard’ you really can’t miss Somesville. It hits you, VISUALLY, with impact of a 2×4 smacking you between your eyes!

It starts with an arched white wooden bridge across a small lily pond — very reminiscent of a Monet. And then you run into the blankets of vivid color, either side of the road, from cleverly planted and expertly tended beds of annuals. It is like ‘Christmas Light Wars’ done with aplomb with flowers. It is breathtaking. Very friendly place too. The residents, quite rightly, are very proud of their village and, of course, realize that they are very lucky to be able to live their — in this wonderland.

These pictures really don’t do adequate justice to this delightful place. YOU have to go see it yourself — ideally in August or early September when the blooms are in their full glory.



“Acadia National Park”, Maine — Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

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This quintessential New England lighthouse, still operational, is in Acadia National Park — though at the extreme southernmost tip of ‘Mount Desert Island‘, about 45 minutes away (if you can force yourself to drive there without stopping to savor the views) from the Bar Harbor/’Park Loop‘ area which is what most people still think of as ‘the Park’. This ‘Light’ is definitely worth going to since it will also force you to drive through absolutely picture postcard picturesque ‘Somesville‘ and ‘this-is-Maine-at-its-best’ Southwest Harbor. This was (at least) our second trip to this ‘Light’. We typically spend at least 40 minutes there. So please add it to your list.