Acadia National Park: A True National Treasure

Acadia National Park's Shore Path Veiw

Shore Path Veiw Acadia National Park

Treasures abound in Acadia National Park located on  Central Maine’s wonderful rocky coast.  Located within minutes of Bar Harbor it is home to some of the most dramatically beautiful scenery on earth.  Dozens of Hiking trails and carriage roads beg to be walked so that they may serve up legendary scenic rewards that will take your breath away!

One the best “first walks” is The Shore Path.  Jump on it at Sand Beach and let it  take you on a fairly low impact trail along the coast from Sand Beach to Otter Point.  One has complete access to the rocky shore and many folks enjoy a picnic sunning on the rocks and enjoying the sounds of the birds and crashing waves.  Hang on to your sandwiches however, the seagulls are fearless and will be happy to snatch your lunch!

More fabulous walks are found on the the “carriage roads” of Acadia. These roads were built by the benefactor of this great national resource, John D Rockefeller jr. They are  perfect low impact  walking paths.  Wide enough for a vehicle (though no vehicle are allowed)  these well maintained gravel trails wind up and down through  beautiful woods, dramatic shorelines, and   mountains. They are well marked and documented in park literature.  Walking the carriage roads still requires a good park map as they cross each other occasionally and cross other trails. In winter the carriage roads double as cross country ski trails. There are also stables at Acadia and some trails are open to horseback riding and.. Carriage rides!

A pretty feature of the carriage roads are the carriage road bridges. Each is architecturally unique,  made of stone, and beautiful.

The only Carriage Road Bridge made from cobblestones

The only Carriage Road Bridge made from cobblestones

The Hiking trails are more rugged and some are quite challenging.
Consult your guidebooks carefully.  Some end cliff-side with iron ladders attached to the cliffs for descending! A good guidebook is essential for hiking these sometimes rugged trails.  This is a great one, written by a local who grew up hiking the trails of Acadia.

At the height of all of this wilderness grandeur is Cadillac Mountain.  Cadillac is the highest peak on the Atlantic coastline and views are stunningly gorgeous!  Sunsets are sublime here, with rocky steps to sit upon and wait for the colorful ending of the day.cadilacsunset

If you are heading to Maine for the fall leaves, you will be in for a treat at Acadia and all of the Maine Coast. Enjoy!
Please come back and leave some pictures!

As Always, have an interesting day!


Your Brain and Binaural Beats? The Lazy Way to Nirvana?

What the heck is a Binaural Beat you ask?

Binaural Beat technology is the use of different sound frequencies to product different effects to the human consciousness.  Basically, the human brain goes through many frequency cycles during each day. Different frequencies produce different effects to the human consciousness. Using this information, it has been discovered that the receiving and operating frequency of the brain can actually be altered with sound waves. The most powerful brain frequencies are under 20 Hz. Since the ear does not respond to frequencies below 20 Hz, Binaural Beat Technology came about which uses the inner wiring of the brain to produce the frequency with perfect accuracy.

How is this done?

By Broadcasting two separate frequencies in each ear. For example, if you wanted to tune your brain to a 7 Hz frequency, you could play 200 Hz in your right ear, and 207 Hz in your left ear. The brain will compensate for the difference between the two and produce a third tone that will be exactly 7 Hz. This will result in your brain frequency being lowered and tuned to the desired 7 Hz operating stage.

All of this is designed to tune your brain to various brain wave states. Continue reading

Mexico for Dental Tourism?

Waking this morning with a toothache was cause for me to once again, research “dental tourism.” The price for dental care in the US is staggering as anyone in my situation knows. dentist My situation consists of the need for a couple of crowns, a couple of root canals, a couple of fillings, and maybe an implant. This amounts to the staggering fee of 20 grand at my neighborhood dentist. I know dental tourism in Mexico is kinda of a scary proposition but reducing that 20 grand to the much more palatable 8 grand is a powerful motivator. I’ve heard the horror stories and the success stories and i’m thinking about trying it! Continue reading