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Sunrise From ‘Cadillac Mountain’, Acadia National Park — October 20, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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This had been on my ‘Bucket List‘ (modest be it) for a long time. As some of you know, I am not exactly a morning person. But, I decided to make an effort during my last visit last week.

I set the alarm & got up at 4:50am — the 2nd day in a row since I had made an early start the previous day also. But, I had, by my standards, gone to bed early. Was out of the motel at 5:30.

Was at the base of the Summit road around 6am. I had been told to expect traffic. Not so. There was only 3 cars going up with I. I (& the Jag) know the road well & we made good time. There was quite a few vehicles up at the top. I know the ropes. I parked on the legally ‘road’ (so to speak) right at the end — ready for a quick get away. (As it transpired it was not necessary. Folks lingered around.)

Sunrise, per my Garmin, was set for 7:05am. It was on time.

It was cold. I did a bit of walking to keep warm. Didn’t want to lose my good vantage.

LOTS of boats out. That surprised I.

Well, it was worth it. Definitely an experience. Glad I did it. Will do it again.


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‘Bold Coast’, Maine — My Next Adventure.

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A small sampling from Google ‘Images’.

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If you are a regular visitor to this blog it would have been hard to miss my passion for ‘Acadia‘. The ‘Bold Coast’, which starts about 60-miles to the NE of ‘Acadia‘ (as in ‘Bar Harbor‘) is really an extension of that same enchanting landscape. Just more rugged & remote.

It is hard to believe but I only just discovered this area — & that thanks to ‘Facebook’. I gather it doesn’t get the attention because it is another hour further away from ‘Acadia’. But, I gather it is hiking paradise. So, I am off next week — on my own. Starting off in Acadia. Yes, that will be my 2nd trip to Acadia this year — & as such I can maintain my record of (at least) 2-trips to Acadia for a year record for the last 6 or 7 years.

This should be fun. Yes, I plan to take a picture or two. Yes, I will publish when I get back. Stay tuned.


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‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine (By Portland) — V. Scenic, Rural, Historic & Lighthouse-Rich.

by Anura Guruge


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This is ‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine. Of course, from ‘Google Maps’.


For perspective. Not hard to find. Right next-door to Portland.


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Not, of course, as scenic as ‘Acadia‘ — but not too many places are. But, this area is NOT bad. Has the advantage that it is 3- to 4-hours CLOSER than Acadia. I discovered it for the first time two weeks ago. I was very impressed. Didn’t have much time to explore because we had started in York. So, I am going back to spend more time. I am sure I will find interesting places & things to do. That is I.

One thing I did notice. Never seen as many BIKES — as in push bikes — in one place. So, at least, cyclists share my appreciation.

P.S., Easy enough to get to. Just start off on famous ‘Route 1’.


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11.5-Hour Road-Trip In Southern Maine, July 29, 2020 — 3 Lighthouses, 2 State Parks & 1 Harbor.

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Given that COVID is preventing us from staying in hotels (& eating at restaurants) we have started doing WEEKLY one-day road-trips. We started with THE MARATHON to Acadia. Then, last week, it was Mount Kearsarge. This week, on Wednesday, it was back to Maine again, BUT not as far. There is so much to see, do & enjoy in Maine. And Southern Maine is just an hour away. So, this is what we did. It was fun. We had a blast.


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Selfies From The Tippy-Top Of ‘Acadia National Park’, I.E., Boulder On ‘Cadillac Mountain’ — July 15, 2020.

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That is US.

She insists that I clamor up.
BUT, she helps me & is awfully concerned that I don’t fall off. SMILE.

This is the Boulder BEFORE I clamored up.
She gets up there in a flash.


 


The view from the TOP.


Another of her FAVORITE spots in Acadia. She looks forward to climbing this. She gets out of the car & races for it. We have not seen others get up. It is not that hard. I can manage. I need BOTH hands. So she holds my camera while I get on (& off).

This was from our day trip on July 15, 2020.


From 5-years ago. She was 9.


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

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE & read. This is BAD. BIGGEST IMPACT!


Click to ENLARGE & get the gist here. From: nps.gov/acad/index.htm


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 Jaguar Comes Out Of Hibernation.

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I am pretty sure that this is the latest it has hibernated. I am sure that I usually drive it in March — April, provided that there is no snow on the ground.

Well, this year was different. I was cooler for a start & we had the stay at home. There was nowhere to go in it.

I had it on a Schumacher trickle-charger while it hibernated. I have 3 of these chargers. One for each of my British cars. It works great. Started first time. No hesitation. Bang. That made me happy.

The pictures, quite nicely, hide all the dust on the car. Will put it through a car wash soon.

Well, Summer must be here. Now to get the other Jag out of hibernation.


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My Jaguar XJ8 Is Still Good (& V12 XJS Is ‘OK’) BUT I Can’t Help Lusting After This One.

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My 2002 XJ8 in Fall 2019 BEFORE I mothballed it for the Winter.

It is ready to be sprung free. Had the battery on a good trickle-charger.

Jaguar XJ8 2002 Anura Guruge

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My 1989 V12 XJS in Fall 2019 BEFORE it too was mothballed it for the Winter.

Also on a good trickle-charger, but this one needs to be registered. SMILE.


Wow, I haven’t bought a Jag in 5-years! Wow. I am impressed with myself.

I would NOT get rid of the XJ8 unless it was totally & utterly kaput. It is a lovely car — aesthetically and it hasn’t given me too much grief on the mechanical side. But, that can change. Yikes. My plan is to nurse it along as long as I can.

I haven’t looked for Jags online for years — ok, maybe for ‘months’. Just had a quick look. There are Jags out there for I. So, I am OK.

SMILE.


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An End Of A 24-Year Era: No More Taking Kids Trick-Or-Treating At Halloween.

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Started way back in the 1990s. That what happens when you have 4-kids spanning a 17-year age gap. The only reason I am not contending 27-years is that I think I had a 3-year gap when Matthew was around 8 and no longer needed I to take him around. Then, in 2003 Devanee came around. I have taken kids trick-or-treating in: New Ipswich, Greenville, Temple, Nashua, Gilford and Alton. I can honestly claim, that in 1992, I established trick-or-treating on Route 45 (the shortest marked highway in the U.S.) between Greenville and Temple. This was rural, with minimum 4-acre lots. Houses were far apart and at the end of long (often steep) driveways. You went from house-to-house by car. If you walked you would, at best, in 2-hours, get to 5 houses. So, nobody had done trick-or-treating on that road.

Danielle was three and Route 45 was the nearest road to us. So, I took her, in a Jeep, trick-or-treating. Nobody was expecting trick-or-treaters. It never had been done. Some were very embarrassed and distressed. There were offers of money and dollar bills put into her pail. Others rummaged around. She got a lot of apples — this being prime apple orchard country. But, universally, there was a consensus that we had to come back next year and that they would be ready. And they were. We had fun.

Up until 4pm today I was not 100% sure that I would not be going out. She could still have changed her mind. She didn’t.

I must confess I was glad we didn’t have to go out today. It was raining quite heavily — though the temperature was blamy, in the mid-60s. We would have got soaked.

So, that is that. No more trick-or-treating.

We had two kids, from the same family, turn up. That was it.

But, this year we had more Halloween decorations than ever before — including our first inflatable. I have feeling that that is going to be the new trend. No more trick-or-treating but more decorations.


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The Jaguar XJS V-12 (1989) — Last Spin Of 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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September 30 and the 2019 registration came to an end — as did the registration on 4 other cars. The joys of owning 6 cars. I have never owned an unregistered/uninsured car! Asked my friend at the Town Hall who does the resignations as to what the deal is. The price remains the same, but you can register whenever — the only thing is that you have to get it inspected the same day you get it registered.

Though it 30-years old it is not cheap to register since it was $44,000+ car when new.

I typically don’t drive it after September. Why? Because I only enjoy driving it topless and I, in my old age, like to freeze my bones. So, didn’t see the point of paying to have it registered if I am not going to be driving it till April/May. So, that is what I did. IT IS INSURED. I am not stupid!

Took it for a good run. I keep the battery trickled charge non-stop. So, it started first time. It is a TRUE Jag. It likes to stretch it legs. That V12 is something else.

Well, it is now hibernating.

This, in reality, is NOT my car. It is Teischan’s. She just lets me use it, register it, insure it and pay for its upkeep. She will get it when she can drive!

Well, the Summer is over.


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