Events – Lantern Light Village – Mystic, CT

Christmas in 1876

Lantern Light Village takes you back in time to celebrate Christmas of 1876. Holiday lighting is replaced with kerosene lanterns and fire pits enhancing the atmosphere of the 19th century. One can also enjoy carriage rides around the village, live music, Christmas-related stories and popular crafts of the time. While this year’s festivities have been altered, the experience is still well worth it.

The event is scheduled only on Fri and Sat in December.

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Fall Foliage Update October 8, 2020

Northern and highest elevations in Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York are past peak color and quickly losing foliage. Southern New York and Connecticut are prime for color this weekend. Long Island and Pennsylvania are estimated to peak in color next week.

Considering where the foliage is at, recommend locations for this weekend are:

Worth a try, but likely too early to get good color

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Fall Foliage Update September 24, 2020

As of this week, areas of higher elevation and further north are showing color in Adirondacks of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Michigan.

New to this week are Michigan and Pennsylvania. If you know of foliage map location for additional state(s), please let me know with a comment below to add it to the tracker. Thank you!

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Parks ME – Acadia National Park


Acadia National Park, located on the United States’ East Coast, is the 7th most popular national park in 2019 with around 3.4 million visitors. It became a National Park in 1919 under the name of Lafayette National Park and renamed to Acadia National Park in 1929. The majority of Acadia is located within Mount Desert Island and spans across many nearby islands and Schoodic Penninsula.

On our trip in 2020, the bus service within Acadia National Park was suspended. While the park gets crowded from 10AM to 2 PM, finding parking was fairly easy before 9 AM.


  • Lakes
  • Ocean
  • Stream
  • Waterfall
  • Beach
  • Dog Friendly
  • Good Views
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming Area
  • Wild Berries
  • Wild Flower

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Fall Foliage Update September 17, 2020

As of this week, Vermont is getting close to peak color at many of the popular hiking destinations going into higher elevation. NY state is not far behind in the Adirondacks region. New Hampshire and Maine official maps are not showing much color in their reports and considered suspicious. I would expect Katahdin and coastal areas of Maine to start showing color as well as the White Mountains area of New Hampshire.

If you know of foliage map location for additional state(s), please let me know with a comment below to add it to the tracker. Thank you!

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Photography – Milky Way from Acadia National Park – from August 2020

Milkyway - Sand Beach - Acadia National Park (20mm Horiz)

Capturing the Milky Way is a challenging undertaking that needs to be well planned. There are numerous factors that one has to time just right: Weather conditions – clear skies and low humidity. Higher humidity will add unwanted haze. Time of the year – April through September are the best months. It is impossible to … Read more

Hiking ME – Cadillac North Ridge Trail / Acadia National Park – August 2020

Cadillac North Ridge Trail is one of several options to hike up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. This is a moderately difficult, highly trafficked, 4.67-mile in-and-out trail. There are many other trails that intersect Cadillac North Ridge Trail one can choose from for additional hiking options. The path has many good lookout views to the east.

Cadillac Mountain is accessible via:
– Hike Cadillac North Ridge Trail (this post)
– Hike Cadillac West Face Trail
– Hike Cadillac Mountain S Ridge Trail – longest, yet, easiest of hiking trail options
– Hike E Face Dorr Trail to Schiff Path to Gorge Trail
– Drive up to Cadillac Mountain Overlook

An entrance fee is required at Acadia National Park. The automobile permit costs $30 and is valid for seven days. The permit can be purchase in advance at the Acadia National Parks website. For a detailed guide on Acadia, see post Parks – Acadia National Park, ME.


  • Lakes
  • Ocean
  • Good Views
  • Islands
  • Mountains
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife

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