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‘Acadia National Park’ 2020 (COVID-19) Update — Mid-July.

by Anura Guruge


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The one road that is supposed to be CLOSED per the ‘National Park Service’. No big deal. Dirt road. I don’t think I have explored this road in YEARS. No loss.


Click image to access my post from YESTERDAY — with a LOT of pictures. SMILE.


Acadia National Park‘ is alive & well, as beautiful, enchanting & welcoming as ever.

It was CROWDED. Lots of folks. Look at the number of ‘dots’ on ‘Sand Beach‘.

There was also more car traffic than we were used to. Yes, it is true that we have never been in July. Our trips have been in: last week of June, first week in September & once in early March. And I know that July is said to be the busiest month. But, I worked out another reason for the increased traffic. NO BUSES. That is a shame. I noticed it within 20-minutes of driving the ‘Loop’. No buses. I can understand. I had not planned to use the buses — not on this quick trip. We do use them — it is what we do on rainy days. Take the 3(+)-hour return bus ride from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor.

Did NOT notice that the campsites were closed. Not that I ever take much notice of campsites. We met a number of folks who said they had come in RVs. Never asked them where they parked.

Just drove through Bar Harbor, at 8:30pm at night, on the way home. Did not stop. Fair amount of folks. It was busy. Not sure about social distancing. Lot of people congregating on the pavement waiting to go into restaurants! Not good. The stores looked EMPTY. They can’t be happy.

A few restaurants closed. A few motels closed — some for sale.

Well, that is my update.

Glad we visited. The drive was worth it. Fantastic place.


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“The Whale’s Tale” Gift Shop On ‘Great Cranberry Island’ (Acadia, Maine) — Cute, Delightful & Competitive.

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The Whale's Tale Gift Shop Great Cranberry Island Anura Guruge






DIRECTIONS

Pretty trivial to find once you get to Great Cranberry and you really must IF you have the time. It will enhance your trip to Acadia.

You can get to the Island by ferry both Northeast & Southwest Harbors, by private boat and if you are a better swimmer than I (and 99% folks are) by swimming across.

“The Whale Tale” is NO LONGER by the Town Docks. It has relocated further inland — but no far, not far at all, at all.

Take the main (only) drag out of the Town Docks … towards the famed Library.

Probably 1/4 miles up.

Right next to famed landmark … ‘Cranberry House‘ with “Hitty’s Cafe” & Museum.

It is right there. Right by the Museum.

So, you can’t miss it.


Delightful gift store. Some amazingly clever and cute stuff. Attractively priced. Great displays. I was v. impressed (and that takes some doing).

Nice, restored building. Full of light and airy. Very welcoming. Yes, we bought some stuff. Couldn’t resist.

Highly recommended. You have to check this place out. You will THANK me for this recommendation. SMILE.


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Another TOPLESS Beach In ‘Acadia’ (Maine) — On ‘Great Cranberry Island’.

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DIRECTIONS

Pretty trivial to find once you get to Great Cranberry.

You can get to the Island by ferry both Northeast & Southwest Harbors, by private boat and if you are a better swimmer than I (and 99% folks are) by swimming across.

Take the main (only) drag out of the Town Docks … towards the famed Library.

Probably 1/4 miles up.

Right before you get to the other famed landmark … ‘Cranberry House‘ with “Hitty’s Cafe” & Museum.

You will see the signs to ‘Preble Cove Trail‘ on your right.

You can also find a cut-over to the Trail from outside the Museum. Not hard to find.

You will NOT see the ‘Topless Sign’ until you are about 100-yards from the beach.

Easy trail. Walk in the park.


OK, when we visited, last Friday, June 28, 2019, it was empty despite being the most beautiful day of that week — sunny and warm.

But, this was BEFORE July 4th and I have been told that the Islands don’t start to rock till after that.

Yes, as this blog testifies (and you really should do a search on ‘topless‘) I, given that I grew up in Europe, have no aversion to toplessness — male or female. No, I don’t need to see female breasts. SMILE. As I have said, more than once, “after you seen your first 10,000 they all look the same“. SMILE. Yes, I have been to HUGE topless beaches in Europe.

Funny thing this … my posts on nude/topless beaches in New Hampshire and Maine are year round favorites — on a daily basis. Always puzzles me when I see 30 hits for ‘Nude New Hampshire Beaches’ in mid-February when the temperature is below 0F and there is a foot of snow.

There is a ‘bed & breakfast’ in Acadia that SELLS (for a $1) my Acadia Nude Beach map (yes, the one above). I hear that it is quite a hit.

Well, I just wanted to share.

Talking of topless — I have been topless in my 1+ hour hikes the last few days. Feels so good.


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I Am Crushingly Disappointed In My Garmin Fenix 5 — It Counted 8,000 Steps While I Was On A Bus!

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Know problem. They were talking about it YESTERDAY!


We were in Acadia for 5-days, and as is always the case when I am there, I was racking up the steps because that place begs you to hike. We had great, even exceptional weather, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday — but it bucketed down on Thursday. This was our 11th trip to Acadia in 5-years and we expect a day or two of rain. So, no big deal. One of our rainy-day activities is to take the FREE, L.L. Bean ‘Island Explorer’ bus from Bar Harbor all the way to Bernard on the other side of the Island and back. Mindless. Just sit in the bus and watch all the familiar landmarks in the rain. We always sit in the very back, on the long bench seat because that amuses Teischan. But, it is very bouncy and ‘slippery’ back there and in addition to getting jostled I do have to grab at seat backs and seat belts to stop from sliding around.

We had got to Southwest Harbor and was going up a small incline when my ‘GOAL’ buzzer went off. It was for meeting 10-floors of elevation, i.e., 100 feet. That surprised me since I had only done about 30′. Then I realized it was the barometric altimeter registering the elevation gains while I was in the bus. I was willing to overlook that. But, it made me look at my steps. I was flabbergasted! It had me having done around 5,000 steps, and I knew I had only done around 1,000 that day. So, I started monitoring the steps. They were going up like CRAZY.

At the end of the 3 hour bus ride it was showing in excess of 9,000 steps! 8,000 of those were BOGUS. I was CRUSHED and I still am.

I understand that the accelerometer sees the motion, BUT for whatever reason I had assumed that the Fenix 5 would have had algorithms that sorted that out. Not so.

I Googled. Yes, it is a problem across all activity trackers.

Now that I am retired I do not spend much time inside vehicles. I can easily go 4 to 5 days, sometimes even longer, without ever riding in a vehicle. I run and walk. So, I had NOT noticed these miscounted steps before.

On Friday, on the way back, I decided to keep track. I was driving our Nissan Quest which is a much smoother ride than the bus. For about an hour I did not see any missteps counted. Then, I saw 30 getting counted very quickly. Overall, in what was a 4.5 hour drive I saw 80 steps added. I can live with that. HUGE difference between 80 and 8,000.

Garmin should have a widget that disables step & floor counting. So, when you get in a vehicle you just activate that widget. It will monitor heart rate and stress but not steps or elevation. That should be trivial to implement.

I am CRUSHED. Now, I don’t trust any of the step counts.


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

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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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Southwest Harbor (Acadia), Maine: ‘Firefighter Workout’ — A Great Way To Burn Some Thanksgiving Calories.

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From the oustanding ‘Mount Desert ISLANDER


Southwest Harbor, Maine (one of many harbors around Acadia National Park), is a bohemian and creative oasis. It is the home of the “Common Good Cafe” — my favorite place for Sunday breakfast when I am up there.

This fundraised caught my eye. Neato. I love tug-of-war. Pulling a fire truck would be so cool. I am envious.


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Flowers Of ‘Southwest Harbor’, Acadia — June 25, 2017.

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All pictures taken with my Sony a7 II.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — June 25, 2017 (Acadia Day 1)

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Anura Guruge Sony a7 II Acadia Southwest Harbor Summer 2017


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“Common Good” Southwest Harbor/Acadia Co-Founder Larry Stettner Passes Away — A Real Shame!

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A wholesome, modern-day, year-round ‘soup kitchen’ with heart,
in Southwest Harbor, Maine, (adjacent to ‘Acadia National Park‘)
that raises money with ‘As Good As Jordan Pond‘ Popovers,
for breakfast, 
on a donation basis.


See my September 2016 post.


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My pictures from September 2016.

THE MAN himself, “Larry Stettner”. As is my luck I got to meet him, chat with him and he was kind enough to go and find a sheet (reproduced below) that spelled out what his ‘Goodness’ was all about. I am so glad I got to meet him.


A very great shame. A very nice man. I am so happy that I got to meet with him and spend some time chatting.

I already had plans to go to “Common Good” in June for popovers — even if it meant leaving home at 5am. I had hoped to see him again. Now I won’t, BUT I still intend to go.

Appears his wife died just a couple of months ago. What a shame.

I know that “Common Good” will continue to thrive BUT he will be MISSED.

Thank YOU, Larry.

You were one of the GOOD ONES.


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Acadia National Park: 24 Random Images — September 4, 2016.

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7th visit to “Acadia National Park” — 2nd this year.
Just a RANDOM sampling of the
629 pictures I took this day!
These are mainly from around the
Southwest Harbor‘ area.

Taken with my new
 Nikon P900.

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All 629 pictures I took that day with my new Nikon P900.

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