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  • Kebo Valley golf club is awesome if you play.

    up there in mookie’s youth a guy tried to pick mookie up. Mookie told him he wasn’t gay, but the dude was persistent. Offered mookie a beer, which mookie accepted. But again told him “I’ll take the beer, but I like chicks. Thanks”
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    • Originally posted by BassAle View Post

      I live in Bar Harbor so I definitely have some thoughts. If you’re here late August, you might have a chance to do Acadia National Park’s most iconic hike: The Precipice. It’s my favorite trail, but not good for those with a fear of heights. Includes climbing iron rungs up cliff faces and walking along narrow ledges. It’s usually closed March through mid-August to protect Peregrine Falcons that nest on the cliffs.

      August is crazy busy in Bar Harbor but the biggest crowds don’t stray too far from the pavement.

      also, if you’re up for it I would recommend a half day of guided rock climbing at Otter Cliffs.

      A sunset cruise on the schooner Margaret Todd is a good family activity

      Farmer’s Market in the YMCA parking lot Sunday morning. There should be a woman there with an Italian accent selling lobsters and crabs. Your serious cooks should be able to put together a meal with all local and fresh ingredients to cook at your AirBnB.


      PS, I hate AirBnBs because they totally destroyed entire neighborhoods that used to be full of year-round locals
      Thx BassAle. If a group of 8 wishes to hang out someplace together for a week, what real alternatives to Airbnb are there?

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      • Originally posted by burd View Post

        Thx BassAle. If a group of 8 wishes to hang out someplace together for a week, what real alternatives to Airbnb are there?
        yeah, I get it. I’m also a hypocrite because I occasionally use AirBnBs (not all the time, and I try to pick places that are in developments that seem purpose built for tourists/second homes). I’m going to Maui in a few weeks and am staying in an AirBnB condo so I contribute to the problem as well. As a penance I donate money to Island Housing Trust in Bar Harbor.

        I have other some food and hiking recommendations but I want to type them from a computer and not my phone.

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        • Originally posted by burd View Post

          Thx BassAle. If a group of 8 wishes to hang out someplace together for a week, what real alternatives to Airbnb are there?
          Tent
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          • Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post

            Tent
            At one time, Mrs. and I would spend 4-5 weeks at a time on a motorcycle with a tent, cookstove, some clothes, and a camera. After kids we camped a lot with them. Those days are gone, I'm afraid.

            Nothing beats cowboy coffee over a fire in the morning.
            Last edited by burd; 01-23-2024, 11:17 AM.

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            • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
              Fun thing to find on the local highway:

              Yup, about a mile or two from where my mom is. LCP goes right by her, so had to check exactly where it was.

              Is it me or do the occasional plane landings on highways never have any fatalities and very few injuries? I guess drivers know to get the hell out of the way if they see a plane coming.

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              • Originally posted by French Rage View Post

                Yup, about a mile or two from where my mom is. LCP goes right by her, so had to check exactly where it was.

                Is it me or do the occasional plane landings on highways never have any fatalities and very few injuries? I guess drivers know to get the hell out of the way if they see a plane coming.
                I think it's that the planes can find a stretch without cars.
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                • Regardless, the rules around building highways have certainly made it easier for planes to find straight stretches of road for landing.

                  and then after typing that sentence, I googled it and apparently it's a myth: https://highways.dot.gov/public-road...debunking-myth

                  Although, I always thought it was one out of 10.

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                  • You are far from the first person to fall for that myth. It's been spread very sincerely and convincingly for years.

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                    • Is it a good idea to visit Rome in winter? Any recommendations on places to see/stay, etc.? Cheers!
                      Is it necessary to buy pantheon tickets and entrances to the famous attractions far in advance, or is it not necessary?
                      I would also truly appreciate it if you have some hotel/restaurant/bar recommendations in Rome.
                      Cheers, guys!

                      Last edited by alicestevens; 01-26-2024, 04:01 PM.

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                      • mookie is hanging in the airport with girl and daughter waiting to head to Zurich for the weekend. we have Thursday off so it’s a long weeeknd at that. Might as well go watch shopping ;-/
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                        • Puerto Rico Trip
                          1. We stayed in a VRBO just north of the El Yunque National Forest. The location was great, but it wasn’t the house that was great. It’s likely our last VRBO/Air BnB.
                          2. The people. I really enjoyed the people of Puerto Rico. They’re mostly friendly and willing to work through the occasional language barrier.
                          3. The food was great, and restaurants were generally a bit cheaper than what we find here in the Twin Cities. I had a lot of pork products and a bit of seafood. The mofongo I had was tasty, but tostones is just tasteless and I don’t understand why they’re so popular. Both are foods plantain-based. I was a bit shocked by how mild the seasoning is down there, and how sweet many of the dips/sauces were. I was at Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo, and there was this seaside shack, Theresa House of Pastelillos, which are basically empanadas, and they were great along with the fish tacos they sold.
                          4. Driving through that island is a real trip! People don’t use blinkers, and the non-highway roads are 16th Century in width. Within the towns, people still park along the side of the streets, only ever one side, and then two-way traffic tries to eek by. You’re hosed should a large vehicle need to use the roads. They were a real trip along some of those cliffs.
                          5. Puerto Rican coffee is pretty good. We took a tour at Hacienda Munoz (add accent), a small producer, and the tour guide had the chance to go off about iguanas as a larger one made itself seen. “They’re, how do you say, pests? They eat everything and we have to guard the coffee trees against them.”
                          6. I really liked Old San Juan, but didn’t get to see much of it. We were a party of five, one was my daughter and two others were my wife’s parents. They could handle the hilly terrain very well.

                          My wife and I would probably go back if it were just the two of us. We were restricted by not wanting to put our daughter through many long drives, and the in-laws couldn’t handle the even moderately physical events.
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                          • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                            Puerto Rico Trip...
                            Much of this is refreshing to hear. I have concerns that the island has changed a lot since I was travelling there just-about every-other week, especially with the exodus of state-side companies when the tax benefits were revised/reduced/eliminated (my prior employer being one of them that 'bailed'). But I am glad to hear that the people have not changed. I have a lot of respect for the Puerto Rican people, as they are truly a people of respect themselves. Stark contrast to our travels to some other Caribbean islands we have been to, where most of the population we encountered were opportunists.

                            As for the traffic, I was going to tell you this before you went, but decided against it. Before my first trip to the island in 1990, my then-boss "warned" me about the traffic. He said - "There are 3-million people on that island. 2-million live in San Juan, and the rest are in cars." There were times driving down the Autopista that I felt compelled to drop quarters into the dashboard to "keep playing the video game". My advise to people driving down there... "If you hear a horn, that means you made it." :0) It was always difficult to return to quiet/calm upstate NY because the driving mentality and aggressiveness that is required in PR would stay with me for days!

                            As for the mountain "roads", yeah... insane. There are usually mirrors mounted-up on the trees and/or poles near turns or switch-backs, but you have to know they are there and where to look!! It sucked driving in the mountains, because as the driver, there is no way you could take-in all the beauty around you, and the mountain regions are indeed truly beautiful.

                            Thanks for the trip report!! I am now looking forward to taking "the Wife" someday when we can find the time/opportunity.
                            Dave
                            RIT - '90

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                            • And I forgot to mention this oddity…the distances are all marked in KM, but speeds in MPH. gas is also sold in liters. It honestly took me by surprise as I thought the US would force them into more imperial ways.
                              "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

                              "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

                              "Good news! We have a delivery." Professor Farnsworth

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