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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The National Monument Visitor Center From Above.

by Anura Guruge


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From the same vantage point, i.e., the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial, as my last two Canyon de Chelly posts. The red structure, with the model hogan to its left is the Visitor Center. It has some interesting exhibits, is very welcoming and offers free Indian tea. The road to Chinle is to the right. Left is the way to the ‘Thunderbird Lodge‘ and the South Rim. The three cars you see, at the Stop sign, are on the North Rim road.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Entrance To Canyon From Navajo ‘Long Walk’ Monument.

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Entrance to Canyon de Chelly


This is what the entrance to Canyon de Chelly looks like from across the road — from a small hill. That is how you enter the Canyon by ‘jeep‘ or horseback. You can see the tire-tracks very clearly on what is really a dried up river bed. The ‘Junction’ where the Canyon splits into North and South is about 2-miles in from here.

I took this from the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial. It is a small tower of stone. I was told that locals build it over time by just putting stones on top of stones. I will show you that and talk about it in another post. Check out my link for the ‘Navajo Long Walk‘. Very sad. It started pretty close to the Canyon given that the Canyon lies in the very heart of Navajo land.


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“Mother Earth’s Creations” Pow Wow, July 3, 2016 — Wow, Wow, WOW!

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This was my 2nd Pow Wow in 6 weeks — the other having been the “Honoring Of The Elders” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow In Tamworth, NH on May 21, 2016.

It was GOOD. Very good. Loved it. Different, way different to the one in Tamworth. For a start it was much bigger, much larger attendance, more dancers and it was a custom-built venue for Inter-Tribal Pow Wows. The atmosphere and ambience was just magical. Beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and hence shady and cool thought it was a v. hot (mid-80s) day. As with Tamworth there was this amazing, palpable sense of dignity and serenity. Though there were at least 150 people about it was not loud. We got there around 2:30pm. The drummers were having a well-earned lunch break. So the only music was flutes and that was very soothing. The drums, when they started, were impressive. As was the signing.

I took a LOT of pictures. Haven’t had time to sort them all out. Just published these 18 to get us started. I can’t claim that these were my best shots. I just pulled out 18 in a hurry. I will work on publishing more.

Appears that they have more Pow Wows in August and September. I am going to try and attend at least one of these.

P.S., Entrance is by donation. That was neat since we only planned to spend 2 – 3 hours.

I thoroughly recommend this place and the Pow Wows. Enjoy.


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Anthony Melchiorri Of “Hotel Impossible” Informs Me That He Took Measures To Have ‘Woodstock Lodge’ Closed.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I received the above e-mail, from Anthony Melchiorri, on Tuesday night.

He has done the RIGHT THING. This was what I expected and wanted him to have done. Now I know and now YOU know.

How we got to this point is that the show did not at ANY POINT inform us that Anthony contacted the authorities. Deanna makes a point of carefully reading the closing credits where Anthony talks about how things progressed after the show and there was NO mention that Anthony had contacted the authorities.

Well, Anthony Melchiorri has put me right and I am going to update my original post to reflect this. I have no axe to grind in this. I just wanted, as ever, for the right thing to be done.

I e-mailed Anthony back that while I will update my post, he, at a minimum, should put something up on their Website so others will know that he did what we expected him to have done.

As would be said in the Tintin comics “All’s well that ends well” — though I have to believe that the Lodge owner is livid.

Mr. Melchiorri’s stock is no longer in negative territory when it comes to me. I am actually impressed. Well done.

After Anthony’s e-mail, and after I finished bit more on my book, I did some Googling on “Woodstock Lodge”.

Yelp has quite a few posts that talk about the “Hotel Impossible” episode. Thanks to a link on one of the Yelp posts I found this newspaper article that confirmed, 100%, what Anthony Melchiorri stated:

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From the Kingston, NY “Daily Freeman”. Click to access.





Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” ‘Woodstock Lodge’ Episode Was Disturbing.

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Refer to November 12, 2014 UPDATE.

I was informed by Anthony Melchiorri, by e-mail,
that he did indeed contact the authorities
and that 3 buildings at the Lodge were closed down.

Please refer to UPDATE.

I am amending this post in view of this new information.

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Click to access Travel Channel’s Web page for this “Hotel Impossible” episode.


This was aired in October but we just got around to watching it (from a DVR list) this evening during ‘family TV’. I am not a great fan of this show, it is NOT a patch on the seminal “Hotel Inspector” show that used to be on BBC America, but Deanna likes it — and it reminds us of some awful hotels we have encountered in our travels.

Woodstock Lodge” in iconic Woodstock, New York, was by far the worst hotel/motel we have ever seen in life or on TV. It was disgusting and scary. We would have walked out even IF we had paid a deposit.

It was unhygienic, unhealthy and dangerous. As you can see from the image above it had toilets that were not properly seated. There was mold all over.

Anthony made a point of stating, categorically, more than once, that the cabins were not safe and should not be sold for occupancy.

BUT he never made an attempt to have the place shut down. In the post-show briefing that is shown at the end of each episode it claimed that the Lodge was still open.

That is NOT right. IF the Lodge is as dangerous has Anthony claimed, and it sure looked that, then HE should have called the proper New York safety and health authorities!

Simple as that. I don’t care what agreement he had with the owners. IF a customer gets hurt at the Lodge, especially a kid, then Anthony should be help responsible.

PLUS didn’t anybody in Woodstock or NY see this episode? Why is this Lodge still open. It, as Anthony claims on air, violates numerous building codes.

This is NOT right.

We could be wrong BUT it also appeared, on air, that the owners were not reporting all of their income. Of course we all know that is not surprising in the hospitality business. But, unless we misheard it, there is a sequence where the owner gives Anthony a profit/loss statement that says that they made $19,000 from the restaurant in 2013 — but then admits that it was more like $100,000! That is a bit of a discrepancy. Why hasn’t anybody checked on that?

This not right. In this episode the owner accuses Anthony, multiple times, that “this is all TV”! Well that would appear to be the case.

Shame on Anthony for not going to the authorities with this. Well his stock was never high in my book and now it is in negative territory.

Yes, we recorded and watched two episodes of the spin-off series “Resort Rescue” — albeit with another host, one with slightly more charisma that Anthony — but did not like it at all. Boring. 





Acadia National Park (ANP), Maine: Schoodic Education and Research Center.

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Click to access the ‘National Park’ Webpage for the “Schoodic Education and Research Center”.


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Click to access the “Schoodic Institute” Website. This aerial pictures shows the location of the beautiful John D. Rockefeller building relative to Schoodic Point (“X”), the road to the Point and “Little Moose Island”. See Google Map below and refer to post on “Little Moose”.

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Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above image. You don’t see the LOVELY, imposing building from the road. So easy to drive by. We did, a couple of times before we decided, late in the evening, to go exploring before leaving the Park for the night. Glad we did.


This spectacular John D. Rockefeller donated building, once part of a large U.S. Navy base, just off the rather well known “Schoodic Point” on the Schoodic Peninsula part of Acadia National Park is delightful, unexpected gem tucked away, out of sight from the road. It is part of the National Park and as such open to the public and DEFINITELY worthwhile visiting, IF just to enjoy the exquisite building from the outside, as we did — since we didn’t get there till past 5pm, having missed it on our earlier tours of that section of the Park. So glad we went.

Here is the pithy, 2 sentence Wikipedia description of this facility: “In 2002, the National Park Service acquired the former naval base located in the Schoodic Peninsula District of Acadia National Park, and renovated it into the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC). SERC is one of about 20 National Park Service research learning centers in the United States, and is the largest of all these facilities. It is dedicated to supporting the scientific research in the park, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become a new generation of stewards who will help conserve our natural and cultural treasures.”

That, however, misses out, inexcusably, as does as I notice the ‘National Park’ and even the ‘Institutes’ descriptions, the fascinating deal brokered by John D. Rockefeller (who loved this area and was so instrumental in creating the Park and its famed ‘Carriage Roads‘) to free up some land on the Mount Desert part of the park. My last picture up top provides a bit more detail.

But check it WHEN you make it to this part of Acadia.


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“Little Moose Island”, Acadia National Park [Schoodic Peninsula], Maine. Well Worth A Hike At Low Tide.

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Little Moose Island” is off the southernmost tip of the Schoodic Peninsula part of Acadia National Park. It is part of the park and just off the 6 mile, one-way Park Loop Road. I am not sure if it is signposted.

Jim Chase, the co-owner of the delightful “Acadia View” bed & breakfast (on Route 1, just prior to the Park turn-off) where we stayed, who also told us about how to get to “Raven’s Nest“, gave us detailed directions including an annotated nap. So we were in good shape. Hard to miss, especially with Jim’s map. Basically the first thing, off the coast once you have visited Schoodic Point and taken in its wonders.

The island is only accessible, by foot, via a causeway which is only (safely) passable during a 6 hour window centered on low tide. There is a Park Ranger book when you get to the island with admonitions about getting stuck on the island and a sheet that you have to sign in case they have to come looking for you. I looked around for any skeletons but didn’t see any. Actually we only saw a total of 5 others during our 90 minutes or so on the island. So it is not crowded.

Low tide on the Friday that we visited was around 1:30 pm. Jim had checked that for us. So I knew what our window was. Though I wasn’t timing it that precisely we did happen to park opposite the island pretty close to 1:30 pm. So we knew we had 3 hours.

Interesting island. Some parts are not wooded. Just straight rock. There is a mini-Thunder Hole that is pretty easy to find. Nice views. Lots of ground vegetation and flora. Didn’t see any fauna per se. Lobster boats at work all around. Very peaceful. Tranquil. Glad we went. There are walking trails. They [i.e., Park Rangers] want you on the trails to avoid damaging the ground cover vegetation.

We enjoyed it. It was fun. We thanked Jim. So if you are in Acadia, and the tide is with you, give it a spin. On a nice day, when the tide times are favorable, I wouldn’t mind getting stranded on that island for 4 hours if I had some cheese, ham, nuts and red wine — and maybe a book. it would be cool. What can happen?


Click to access 5 minute photo-montage YouTube video with music.

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