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Hiking ‘Schoodic Mountain’ (Maine) In ‘Donnell Pond Public Reserve’ North Of Acadia National Park.

by Anura Guruge


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‘Schoodic Mountain’ from which the eponymous peninsula gets its name is NOT on the peninsula per se and definitely not within the bounds of Acadia National Park. The 1,060′ mountain is about 7 miles north of the peninsula and maybe 12 miles from the Schoodic part of the Park.

Do NOT get it confused with the 440′ ‘Schoodic Head‘ which is indeed within the park. The mountain is close to 2.5 times higher.

I happened to see it in a map of Downeast Maine while we were in Acadia. The State-owned “Donnell Pond Public Reserve” is HUGE. That is what caught my eye. So, I wanted to check it out. We were going to Schoodic anyway and this was but a minor detour. Glad we went (on Friday, June 29, 2018, the 5th (and last) day of our latest Acadia vacation).

The hike to the top was not difficult though it was a relatively warm and humid day. Took me 39 minutes to get to the top and a few minutes less to get down. But the bald peak is extensive and you can walk around it for hours.

Very rewarding hike with a very high ROI. Definitely recommend it.


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‘Baker Island’ — Acadia National Park’s Smallest Outpost.

by Anura Guruge


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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, we did the 5-hour (viz., 8am — 1pm) ‘Baker Island Tour‘ offered by the ‘Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.‘ Though a tad expensive it was definitely rewarding and well worth the money. It is one hour out and one hour back with roughly 2.5 hours on the Island — with another 30 minutes (or so) devoted to getting on/off the island using a 12-person ‘tender’ (i.e., a skiff). An official Park Ranger, in our case the veteran Dusty Warner, led the Tour: narrated the trip (both ways) and took us on a guided tour of the main part of the island. It was good. We picked a picture perfect day.

Over 80% of the Island, which is now only sporadically occupied (and that by just one family) is part of the Park. So, you can visit in your own boat, if you have one — and while we were there we saw four folks come over in their own launch. That was cool.

Now that I have visited ‘Baker’ I have covered all 5 sections of Acadia National Park. This was our 11th trip since my very first sojourn September 2013. On our first two trips, like so many others, we just stayed on ‘Mount Desert Island’. But, then in September 2014 we stayed in Schoodic and since then typically spend at least 1/2 day each trip in Schoodic. In September 2015 we visited ‘Isle au Haut‘. So, now we have done the full house.

Baker Island is very different from Isle au Haut. For a start, Baker, is much, much smaller. Plus, unlike au Haut, it doesn’t have a bustling Summer community at one end of the island. Baker, is very FLAT and quite small. So, it is easy to hike, whereas au Haut has some challenging ‘scrambles’. Whereas au Haut is classically Acadian with the sheer cliffs and dense forest, Baker is very open with just a small forest in the middle.

Baker, originally inhabited by the Gilley family has an intriguing history. It was quite a bustling trading port, mainly for cod, towards the end of the 19th century. I have already ordered two books about the island so that I can get a better understanding of what took place.

I highly recommend visiting Baker Island. Gorgeous views and an idyllic, pastoral setting. Extremely relaxing.


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$85, 10.5 lbs “Belly Of The Beast” Ginormous Burger Will NOT Feed 7 IF I Am One Of Them!

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Click to ENLARGE and savor here. For original menu: trufflesnbacon.com. In the June 24, 2018, U.K. “Daily Mail” at: dailymail.co.uk.


I happened to see this article (see insert above) in today’s U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ which I assiduously read, multiple times a day.

The claim that it can feed 7 people amused me MUCH! {Laugh} NOT, if I am one of them.

Anywho … the ‘Daily Mail‘, which was never noted for its veracity, got the ‘size’, i.e., weight, wrong by nearly 50%! YIKES.

Well, I went looking for the restaurant since I plan to visit it the next time I am in Vegas. It is 10.5 pounds, NOT 15 pounds.

Eating 2 pounds of meat, especially steak/burger, is child’s play to I. If it is going to me my main meal of the day I can tuck into 4 – 5 pounds of meat and still be slightly hungry!

I kid you not. My prodigious appetite, especially when it comes to meat, defies credulity. But, if you see me you would see it at once — that creeping obesity. I have to control myself. I could eat most of this burger, sans the bread, on my own and I would still have slight hunger pangs.

Well, I now want to go to Vegas. Usually I splurge on the all-you-can-eat buffets. But, this burger could make a decent breakfast.


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The Brand New Samsung Galaxy S9 Gets A Damning Review From ‘DPReview’ Re. Autofocus.

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Wow. I was amazed to read this. I know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes brilliant pictures and the focus always seems pretty close to perfect. I am often torn as to whether the camera on the Google Pixel 2 (which I own) is really more competent than that of the S8 as all the experts claim. So, I had expected the S9 to be even more impressive — especially with the dual rear cameras — one with variable aperture, the first in a phone.

If this autofocus issue is as bad as DPReview claims, and they usually are spot-on on such matters, I am sure that Samsung will try to fix it with a firmware upgrade ahead of the holidays. Otherwise they are going to have their lunch eaten by Apple, Google and the oters.

I just wanted to make sure you had heard about this — since this is important.


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Opinion In ‘Quora’ On How To Increase Your IQ Fairly Consistent With My Beliefs.

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I have some fairly strong views on intelligence, IQ and IQ Tests — which I have spelled out in my two “Brain Meditation” books. I think we are all born with a maximum potential IQ rating that we can never exceed whatever we do, how hard we try. That said, I am know that most of us do not even get within spitting distance of that Max. I reckon that in the majority of instances our brains, at best, are working 30% to 35% BELOW that Max. But, the good news is that we can work on trying to improve on that number — i.e., go higher up in terms of brain utilization, and hence ‘IQ’ rating.

I know that you can learn, train and practice to be better at IQ tests. Anything that regularly stimulates brain chemicals, in a good way, such as just plain thinking and meditation, also helps, indubitably.

Hence, why I could relate to this Quora post and even bothered to bring it to your attention. The last 4 items listed are all to do with THINKING. The ‘imagine’ admonition is a variant of what I urge in terms of ‘virtualization‘ in my ‘Brain Meditation‘ program. So, check it out. You have nothing to lose.


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Another BMW Owner Experiences ‘Instant Karma’ As His Car Catches Fire …

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Not the first time that BMWs have caught fire in front of their bewildered owners. There was a spate of such fires in late 2017 which even prompted a recall of BMWs.

And now this. Could not happen to a nicer bunch of folks. Well, anybody who is familiar with this blog or I will know my utter disdain for most things German — especially their bloody cars. No, I have not forgiven them as yet for bombing England during WWII! I am a very patriotic Brit. Hence why I find all misfortunes involving German cars amusing.

Enjoy.

Instant Karma.


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“Summer Of Love Concert” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord, NH — June 13, 2018.

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It was a BLAST. It was BRILLIANT.

It was FREE.

Thank YOU (again) to the amazing “William H. Gile” Trust
that put on these FREE concerts in Concord, NH.


This was an unexpected bonus. I had NOT heard of this concert until quite recently when I got a flyer, in the mail, from the “Capitol Center For The Arts” (since I am a patron). I thought it would be too late to get tickets, but I managed to get 4 though they were not the great seats I have managed to get to “William H. Gile” concerts in the past. I had never heard of this ‘concert’, so was not sure what to expect.

So, so GLAD we went. It exceeded all expectations. Kind of a hybrid ‘tribute band‘ cum ‘legends in concert‘ mix that just covered songs from 3-years, viz. 1967 to 1969 — the “Woodstock Generation“. They really went to town. Talk about over the top energy. Very, very well done. This was my music.

I would readily go and see them again; even pay to see them. But, noticed on their Website that they don’t have that many gigs. They could be expensive to hire. A LARGE cast. Typically 15 – 16 performers on the stage. I heard the cast was close to 20.

It was a good night. The theater was fairly well packed. Some empty seats. That surprised I. Folks missed a great event.

Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust. Much appreciated.


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