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our view of hurricane bill

Hello from Maine.


Wanted to send a quick note today, despite the spotty internet access. We arrived just about 36 hours ago from the new hampshire / white mountains section of the trip. (good times, + a couple of good bear stories)


Everyone had been getting ready for Bill (just in case) for a few days, pulling boats out of the water and battening down the loose lawn chairs. But nobody seemed too excited as it was clear Bill would miss by many miles and we only had one or two medium bursts from the rain bands early this morning.


The one place we were excited to visit was Thunder Hole, where the waves percussively crash just before high tide. The locals said it would be spectacular before noon this morning.


We’re staying at a nice place in Southwest Harbor, way up on a third story with a great view of the ocean. This morning we hung out and enjoyed the storm and headed in to the acadia visitor center to pick up our junior ranger kits for the kids. The national parks really have figured out and engaging formula with these JR programs. Always love these park interpretive centers as they remind me of our summer vacations as kids.


This morning, I remember being impatient as L engaged strangers in conversation at the gift shop. By now, the sun was out and it was a bona fide beautiful day. Not even that windy.


We were probably only five minutes away from pulling up at Thunder Hole when we pulled over to let several rescue teams go by and were turned around by the park staff and heard about the apparent rogue wave that swept several people out to sea. We pulled over at one of the observation areas and couldn’t believe the size of the breaking waves. One thing I learned from the kayaking days was when they look big from way up above, they are probably huge down below. Anyway, sitting here tonight with the family in tact, I feel pretty lucky.


This much tamer view of the afternoon was captured during our hike around jordan pond.

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Taken on August 23, 2009