Archive for October, 2011

Ireland… Home Sweet Home..

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Europe
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IRELAND — The only place where……..
• If you die from alcohol poisoning, you’re considered a lightweight,
• ‘Fuck off’ means ‘Are you serious?’, …
• The person that you insult most is probably your best friend,
 • Saying ‘I will yea’ means that you definitely won’t,
• “Fuck it, its grand’ means that you couldn’t be bothered to finish it properly,
• ‘Hes fond of a drink’ means he suffers from severe life-threatening alcoholism,
• Saying you’re going for a drink means you might not be seen again for 3 days,
• Crisps are called ‘Taytos’ and fizzy drinks are called ‘minerals’,
• ‘For the craic’ is the best reason for doing anything,
• The best cure for a hangover is more drink,
• Nobody can go a day without saying ‘Jaysus’,
• ‘Meeting’ has a double meaning,
• Tea is the solution to every problem,
• And water is the solution to every GAA injury,
• “I got stuck behind a tractor’ is a perfectly valid reason for being late, • We eat Tayto sambos for lunch, and ham sandwiches on the way to Croke Park,
• You can insert the name of a gardening tool into any sentence and it still makes sense, e.g. ‘I had a rake of drink last night’ or “I’ll be out in a minute, I’m just shoveling down the dinner’,
• GAA is considered religion,
 • Its perfectly acceptable to call your mother ‘mammy’ even though you are a fully grown adult,
 • Saying ‘Now we’re sucking diesel’ means that you are happy with the outcome of the situation,
 • Drinking ‘tae’ is everyone’s favourite past time,
• You’re scared of the wooden spoon,
• The word ‘like’ goes in every sentence.
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sunset over the harbor

Yesterday was the first of two days off, and thankfully it was a beautiful one!  I took advantage of the amazing weather and headed outdoors, nothing too strenuous, but a little cruise on the water was definitely the way to go.

I saw Bear Island Light, Bass Harbor Light, Mark Island Light, and Egg Rock Light, not to mention, two bald eagles, a WWII anti-submarine base, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, and the rest of the gorgeous Acadia National Park shoreline.  I got to hang out in the wheelhouse, and enjoyed a Chardonnay while listening to the funniest tour of the park I have heard in a while.

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The Acadia Night Sky Festival is the third annual celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science, and the arts.

The trip began with a presentation by Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy tribal historian, who discussed landscape, geography, and shared some Native American legends.  Then naturalist and astronomer Lynn Havsall, pointed out constellations, planets, moons and distant stars. We learn about the stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the universe we live in.  Passengers will then enjoy a reading by naturalist Zack Klyver about the human history of celestial navigation. From the Phoenicians to desert travelers to the way-finding of the Polynesians, the stars have played a significant role in human exploration and travel.

The Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky, east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as some place “that still has stars.”

It was such an amazing trip… the highlight was seeing Jupiter and its’ four moons.  Wicked awesome!!

Where in the world did the week go??!?!?

Last Tuesday, and again on Thursday, the 19th and 22nd, I took the coastal route from Bar Harbor to Dover and back and stopped at some pretty fantastic lighthouses.  I can’t believe I hadn’t actually done this drive before… and it was totally worth it!

Dyce Head Light, Nubble Light, Two Lights, Portland Head Light, and Bug Light were my list of stops, and I felt like I drove forever to find them… but, on a somewhat cloudy day, it was a cool way to find out some local Maine history.

Last Wednesday, September 21st, was a day spent spent exploring local Dover history in the Woodman Institute, http://woodmaninstitutemuseum.org.  Uncle Billy worked a few hours in the morning, and I headed in to get a hair cut… and over to Target for a little wandering around (we don’t have these anywhere near Bar Harbor!!)… On our way into the Museum, we ran into my cousin Matt and his girlfriend, Kayla, who also joined us for a little history afternoon.  It was a super neat experience… we got to step inside the Damm Garrison House, which was originally built in 1675, and is the oldest, intact garrison house, http://seacoastnh.com/woodman/garrison/index.html.  Later that night, we celebrated Auntie Heidi’s birthday, complete with ice cream cake!

Last Thursday, September 22nd, was a long and winding road trip back to Bar Harbor.  I decided to take a partial coastal scenic view, and stopped to admire several of the lighthouses along the way back to my summer home.  I stopped at multiple lights..

And intermixed have been multiple cruise ship days, I am just coming off of three in a row… never again will I complain about the 4 and 5 night voyages out of Tampa.  I can barely keep my eyes open, and I still have work to do… as it is the end of the month and we are required to have all our documents accounts for and posted to the internal drive.  ZZzzz… Definitely looking forward to the next two days off.  Thinking I might take advantage of my friends and go out for a whale watch!  The last few days there has only been report of a mother and calf pair, but it will still be a beautiful day on the water (I hope..).  There is also a lighthouse cruise running… which would be super neat, the ability to see five lights from the water… choices, choices!!  Might have to look into some options for Saturday too… maybe a hike?  Funny enough, I can barely keep my eyes open, and therefore, the thought of plans is exhausting!

Mom is arriving into Bar Harbor on October 4th.. looking forward to some time off and having some fun hanging around town with her.  I think we might go check out the Bar Harbor Winery and we were invited to a par-tay on Saturday night, the Bar Harbor Club sounds like a good place for lunch, and possible a trip into Northeast Harbor to see what’s happening over there.  Again, plans, plans….

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