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

by Anura Guruge


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Canyon de Chelly visitor center Anura Guruge


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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Acadia & Mount Desert Island Facts From The Back Of A Fridge Magnet.

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I like this magnet. I have two of them bought on two different trips — one on our last trip, the 8th, in June 2017. I buy them at the ‘Hulls Cove Visitor Center‘. I can never leave that place without getting something. I justify it by thinking I am helping the Park Service. {SMILE}

Nothing profound and nothing you can’t find anywhere else — but I wanted to capture it (for my sake if nothing else. {smile}). After I scanned these I mounted this magnet on my bathroom door, with velcro, at eye level. Now I can look at it while I brush my teeth.


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Acadia National Park: New, Impressive Visitor Center In Schoodic.

by Anura Guruge


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This new Visitor Center, opened on September 1, 2015,
is near the start of the ‘Schoodic Peninsula Loop Road’.
It is actually in the newly constructed
‘Schoodic Woods Campground’.
As such it is easy to overlook —
which would be a shame.

Taken with my new
 Nikon P900.

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It was our first time to this center. We had been to Schoodic during our June 2015 visit but had not gone over in September 2015 or July 2016.

Much of the signage focuses (probably rightly) on the Campground rather than the Visitor Center. Very attractive and blends in real nicely with the landscape. Very considerate towards the canine visitors as you can see from two of the photos (and I must confess I had never seen a ‘Canine Hitch’ before).

Nice relief map of the area inside (as you can see from one of the pictures). Bit sparse but for that. But that is OK. There were three rangers when we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, and, as ever, they were helpful enough. Kind of funny. Without coming out point blank and asking they were, nonetheless, very keen to find out whether we had BOUGHT a pass to visit the Park. [Yes, we had, a Senior Pass to befit my senior years.] They really do need the money. They use a dial-up line to process their credit-card purchases and it is the same line that they use for incoming calls! If a call comes in the credit-card transaction gets voided and has to be reprocessed. And this is in 2016 — albeit, quite literally, ‘in the sticks’, if not ‘in the woods itself’.

Glad we went. So Schoodic now has two centers. This new Visitor Center and the beautiful ‘Schoodic Education and Research Center‘ — originally a John D. Rockefeller Jr. sponsored ‘hall’ designed by one of his favorite architect’s, New York’s Grosvenor Atterbury who also designed all of the gatehouses for Rockefeller on the ‘Mount Desert Island’ side.

‘Schoodic Education and Research Center’ by Grosvenor Atterbury.


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The new Schoodic Visitor Center on Google Maps.


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Acadia National Park 100th Birthday, Friday, July 8, 2016 — In 18 Pictures & Few Words.

by Anura Guruge


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Acadia National Park 100 years Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

Sieur de Monts spring Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

“Sieur de Monts” spring. The park was established on July 8, 1916 as the “Sieur de Monts National Monument”.

Mother Earth’s Creations Pow Wow artifacts Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s


Jordan Pond Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1


It was definitely very low-key, unstated and there were no fireworks of any sort. The Visitor Centers had some small stickers and tattoos with the Centennial logo lying inconspicuously on the counter while the main center, at Hulls Cove, and the gift shop at “Jordan’s Pond” had some Centennial merchandise. I, as is my wont, spoke to a few people and they had no idea that they were visiting the Park on an auspicious day. Once I told them they were, as was to be expected, tickled. The locals knew but were not making a big deal about it. One motel in Bar Harbor updated their roadside notice board to wish the Park a happy 100th birthday. That was about it. It wasn’t a great day weatherwise. Though there wasn’t much rain it was overcast, gray and gloomy all day. But we still had a good day — since it is neigh impossible not to enjoy yourself while in Acadia.

So that was Friday, July 8, 2016 on “Mount Desert Island” — Acadia National Park


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