New England 2009

  • Mikey & Mare

  • Jason

  • Acadia (Gretchen)

  • Mary & Dan

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Before we ventured off into the wilds of New England, we needed sustenance, which Mikey provided in abundance: bread, fried potatoes and onions, Mexican quiche, coffee, tea, wine, tomatoes ... We didn't even get a picture of the tubs of sloppy joe and macaroni salad he made. We ate a bunch of both, took some of both with us to Jason's and left some in the freezer for when we returned!

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A whole bunch of stuff happened before we made it to Seawall Picnic Area in Acadia National Park, Maine, but none of that stuff involved taking pictures. Here we are set up to 'scope out the birds and other creatures splashing in and flying over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Well, Janie is set up to 'scope out creatures; Bog is set up to picture Pirate Jenny, er, Pirate Janie.

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And to picture the ducks that bob around protected from the cold by their eider down, ...

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plus the rocky coast and crashing surf ...

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and the nearly full Moon. With the 'scope, we could SEE the Moon of Earth and 3 of the Moons of Jupiter. Alas, we could not PICTURE the Moon of Earth, the Planet Jupiter and 3 of its Moons. 

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Alas, after drinking 22 ounces of Atlantic Brewery's Scottish Ale, Bog could not steady the camera enough to shoot the moon at 1/5 of a second on a cold evening with a strong breeze. Ok, we know what WE think the second picture looks like; what do YOU think it looks like?

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Well, that looks like Janie's butt as she 'scopes out the harbor seals, red-necked grebes, etc, the next morning back at Seawall Picnic Area. 

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In the previous picture, Janie is all decked out in biking clothes in preparation for cycling the carriage roads of Acadia. Thanks, John D. Rockefeller. 

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RVan fits nicely into the parking area at Brown Mountain Gatehouse,  

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and the Brown Mountain Gatehouse never fails to intrigue and frustrate the photographer in Bog.

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A much more rustic, and less informative, sign for Sargent Mtn Trail. It's variously spelled Sargent, Sergeant, Sargeant; which also intrigues and frustrates Bog.

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As do the very informative, yet bewildering, carriage road markers. Yep, you can get to Jordan Pond either direction, but which one is the shortest route, or the most scenic, or the most downhill?

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Ah, who cares? Eventually, we want to bike every carriage road in the park in every direction. Thus, it doesn't matter which route is shortest.  We know they are all scenic and they are all downhill in at least one direction. 

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So, we'll just ride and cross whatever bridges we come to. This one makes us both think of hobbits. 

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On those trails that are not downhill in the direction we are going, we'd rather stop and watch the moss and lichens grow.

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This brings to mind an army of hobbit-moss marching toward wherever hobbit-moss wants to march toward. 

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This stretch of carriage road brings us to a beautiful view of Somes Sound or the Atlantic Ocean or the flaming fall foliage. Like we said earlier, "they are all scenic".

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Even the humblest gateway or building shows delicate, intricate, artistic craftsmanship 

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from far and near, in sun or shade.

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 Occasionally, the photographer in Janie comes out, which only serves to frustrate Bog. "I don't really look like that, do I?" 

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One of our operating trip philosophies is, "What you look LIKE isn't important. What's important is what you are looking AT". Janie's looking at anything but the photographer. "Are ya through yet?"

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This day, we were looking at getting to the top of Day Mountain for lunch. And it looks like we made it.

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Enroute to and from the top of Day Mtn, we got to look AT the marvelous smooth surface of the carriage road, the naturally unnatural coping stones, aka Rockefeller's teeth (left), and the rock walls that line the road.

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And we got to marvel at Mother Nature's artistry, 

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Father Stonemason's handiwork, 

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and at our trusty "steeds" resting at the "pullout".


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