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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.


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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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‘Wonder View Inn’, ‘Bar Harbor’ (Maine) — Where We Always Stay When We Go To Acadia National Park.

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A wonderful place. We wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else (unless they are closed for the Winter, as was the case when we went up in March last year). That we have stayed there 8-times and are already planning to go should be endorsement enough. It has a palpable, upbeat but soothing atmosphere. You feel ‘on-top-of-the-world’ and it isn’t just that you are high up. That helps.

You can’t beat the location. You can be within the Park, on the famous Loop Road, in less than 2-minutes! Ditto for the Hannaford’s in Bar Harbor. Extremely friendly, obligingly and pleasant staff. We now consider many of them friends, and they us. We look forward to seeing them.

It is not the height of luxury and parts of it show its (considerable) age. But the three rooms we have stayed in have been very comfortable, more spacious than normal and commanded compelling views. And all the rooms, moreover, come with a fridge and microwave. But, you don’t have to worry about making your own breakfast. A ‘buffet’, DIY hot breakfast is included. We always start our day with that. Oh, did I mention the HEATED swimming pool that I make use of, much. Plus. this year they have upgraded their Wi-Fi (which was never that bad to begin with). So, that was an added bonus. Fast, reliable Internet.

You have to check it out. Yes, we have only stayed in the more (maybe most) expensive rooms — but they have, nonetheless, still been affordable and competitive.

Unreserved kudos. Stay in one of the refurbished rooms and you will love it.


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

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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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Crew Filming Latest ‘Jeep’ Commercial Driving Around In A Mercedes Benz Van!

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The German wagon being used by the crew. You can see that they (like I did a few years ago) drove it across the sandbar when the tide was coming in or going out (i.e., when part of the sandbar was under water).


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This was kind of disappointing, ironic and amusing in equal measures.

I guess Jeep does not bother to impose criteria on the film crews they hire.

In the early 1980s when I worked as the Customer Support Manager for ‘ITT Data Systems (UK)‘ ‘British Leyland‘ was one of our big customers (as was ‘Ford‘). I used to have to go visit them often at their various locations — many of them manufacturing plants. A few of these plants, especially up north, would NOT allow non-Leyland cars into their main parking lot. You had to park across the road and walk over. They wanted their main parking lot Leyland only. I had no problem with that since I liked Leyland and owned Triumphs (Spitfires & a TR7) at the time. But, most often I would be driving my company car — which was often a Ford. I thought this was cute on the part of British Leyland. Some of my field support engineers thought otherwise — and, to be fair, unlike I they usually had to lug some ‘heavy’ diagnostic equipment with them (e.g., datascopes). So, they would swap company cars with a colleague, if they could, just to get around the restriction.

Maybe Jeep, now part of ‘Fiat Chrysler‘ should think about a similar policy. I am sure you could find Chrysler vans that could fit the bill.


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‘Mount Desert Oceanarium’, Acadia, Maine (By Bar Harbor) — CLOSED (At Least For NOW).

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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).


What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.


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David Mills — the owner.

My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.


We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.

The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.

This is distressing.

It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.

We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.

I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.

I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.

I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.

I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.

Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.


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‘Jeep’ Commercial Being Filmed in Bar Harbor (Acadia) On The Famous Sand Bar.

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This was Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019, on the tidal sandbar between Bar Harbor and Bar Island.

Going to the sandbar is one of the first things we do on our visits. The sandbar, at low tide, seemed unusually busy. Part of that was the Jeep commercial being filmed. We did not wait to see all of it. I assume they will have the Jeeps clamoring over the rocks. Would be fun to see it on TV and say “we saw that being shot“.

Enjoy.


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‘Royal Indian’, By Acadia — THE Best Thing To Happen To Bar Harbor, Maine, In Many A Year.

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Royal Indian Bar Harbor Maine Acadia restaurant Anura Guruge

Royal Indian Bar Harbor Acadia Maine restaurant Anura Guruge


The well thought out & yummy menu
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Royal Indian Bar Harbor Acadia Maine restaurant Anura Guruge


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That chic, upscale and progressive Bar Harbor, Maine, gateway to Acadia, did not, until last month have an Indian restaurant was incongruous and frustrating. You want variety, specially if you, like so many others, including us, visit Bar Harbor on a regular basis and do so for a number of nights each visit. I truly stumbled upon the ‘Royal Indian’ serendipitously. I was trying to get back to ‘Cottage Street’ from ‘Main’ late Tuesday night, after dinner at a lobster place, when I took the wrong turn (which I habitually do). So, I had to cut across the car parks to get to Cottage. That is when I saw the well-lit and extremely welcoming sign. My heart skipped a beat. WOW. An Indian at long last. I went there for dinner the very next day and just loved it.

Authentic, carefully spiced, well cooked food, at a reasonable price. I, as I do 85% of the time, had the lamb korma and it was as good as I have had it ever. And the extremely congenial (and young) owner saw me looking puzzled at the dessert menu and he knew, without me saying a word, exactly what I was looking for! He magiced me up a kulfi — the only exception I make to my diet when it comes to sweets. Kulfi will be available on a regular basis soon. {SMILE}

The restaurant is spacious, airy and easy on the eye. They have done a brilliant job converting what had been a bakery.

Wonderful dining experience AND they are open till 10pm. That is great. Trust me, late dining can be a real issue in that area.

Not sure how long this will be the policy, but the night I was there it was ‘Happy Hour’ ALL NIGHT! Wine in Bar Harbor at $4 a glass? Good job I can walk back to the ‘Wonder View Inn‘.

Family run. Extremely nice folk. They also own a motel on Route 3 just by ‘Pirates Cove‘. They are going to be a great addition to the Bar Harbor business and social scene.

That there was no Indian restaurant previously baffled I more than once. I invariably do a micro census of Acadia visitors on each trip and this was my 12th time in Acadia since 2013. ‘Indians’ (brown folks like I (rather than Asians in general)) are, by far, the largest minority that you see at the Park. I see ten times more Indians in a day in Acadia than I see in a year in central New Hampshire (where I live)! The word just has to get around and it will.

I already heard, from a Park Ranger, that they like the new Indian! That was good to hear.

So, I am excited. Not sure whether we will be going back in September as we used to do for many years. Maybe Acadia is becoming a once a year destination. Not sure.

But, the next time I am in Bar Harbor this is where I will be having dinner on my first night. Maybe I will see you there. {SMILE}

Enjoy.


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‘Moosehead Lake’, Maine, In Late April ‘Mud Season’ — Go For The Solitude, Expect Nothing Else.

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Having lived on or around ‘Lake Winnipesaukee‘, New Hampshire for 28-years, I had expected the twice-as-big ‘Moosehead Lake‘ in Maine to boast a similar lifestyle. I had always heard that it was hopping ‘year round’. Well, it sure does NOT hop or show much of any type of animation during the last weeks of April — the so called ‘Mud Season’.

We visited (and stayed at a timeshare) in Greenville, Maine — the gateway to ‘Moosehead Lake‘ & the North Country — for 5-days last week, April 23 – 27, 2019. It was my first visit to that area. I had done some Googling and located some interesting restaurants and places to spot moose. But, I was to be severely spoilt and disappointed.

What I had not checked was the population — in terms of people as opposed to moose — up there. I knew it was up there, close to the ‘tundra’ and that it was extremely rural and isolated.

I did not expect it to be dead!

On Tuesday night there was only one restaurant open, the ‘Stress Free Moose‘. It actually had good food, great service, wonderful folks and was rocking. Alas, though, it is primarily a heavy-duty bar with a few tables crammed in. My 13-year old daughter, a restaurant connoisseur, was not impressed nor amused. I liked it, but I do not enjoy not having any choice. I had hoped to eat at “Kelly’s Landing” but like so many other places they were only open Thursday to Sunday.

IF I had checked the human population I would have been better prepared. I had assumed that Greenville, on the southern tip of the Lake would be similar to Alton (where I live) which occupies that spot on Winnipesaukee. Alton’s year round population, however, is 4 times greater. If you include Wolfeboro, 11-miles away from Alton, the year round population in this neck of our Lake is 10 times greater. That, I came to realize, makes all the difference.

There is no Chinese in Greenville or from what I can deduce in Moosehead (town) nor Rockwood. No Chinese. I had never thought about it much, but I guess you can demark civilization based on the presence or absence of a Chinese. I won’t even mention Indian.

There are also NO fast food establishments! No McDonald’s, no Subway, no Dunkin Donuts, no Aroma Joes. I gather the Greenville McDonald’s closed at least a decade ago. How is that possible.

Moosehead Lake, from what I saw, does not have the kind of money that you see around Winnipesaukee or Bar Harbor (Acadia). Nowhere close to the number of multi-million dollar mansions on the water. Far, far less fancy, grand waterfront hotels.

Salubrious is not a word I would associate with the area.

It sure is empty, isolated and rustic.

Though we spent hours looking did not see any moose. Actually a noticeable dirth in wildlife. That we saw no deer was surprising.

This is not to say the trip was a bust. I enjoyed it. Not so much, my 13-year old.

I like solitude and it is pretty desolate up there. Some striking scenery though nothing very different to what we have seen in New England before.

They say that it really rocks in August. I can believe that. But, I think I will stick to Acadia.


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‘Indian Market’ 2019 In ‘Bar Harbor’ (‘Acadia’), Maine, At The ‘Abbe Museum’ Will Be May 17 – 19.

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They are claiming that it is the ‘Fastest Growing Indian Market in the East‘. That is good.

Mid-May? That seems unusually early in the Season to I. Kids are still in school (in New England) and given that it is northern Maine it isn’t going to exactly toasty Summer weather. I am surprised that it is not in June or July. C’est la vie. I would like to see it but there is no way I am going up there is mid-May this year. We went in March last year — but that was different. We wanted to experience a bit of Acadia in the ‘Winter’. May is neither here nor there.


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