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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues – Travel Blog #18 – Day 57

Posted on August 31, 2015 under Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined, Travel To Learn.

Climate change, demographics, water, food, energy, global health, women’s empowerment – these issues are all intertwined. We cannot look at one strand in isolation. Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together.

Some people will deny anything that displeases or scares them: unusual pain in their chests, unwanted lumps beneath their skin, or the fact that humans share ancestry with apes are a few examples. Another is climate change.

I am certainly aware that climate change is more times than not described as a ‘left wing conspiracy theory’ perpetrated by the Obama Administration,  Bernie Sanders and the radical wing of the Democratic Party; but the folks at Woods Hole Research Center here in Massachusetts  ’beg to differ’; a fascinating place.

http://whrc.org/our-work/programs-projects/

 

 

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Woods Hole Research Center is an independent institution where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change, to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world.

Restore the Earth

Stop Illegal Deforestation

Deforestation accounts for roughly 15% of global CO2 emissions, but forests can be half of the solution to stabilizing CO2 concentrations and by extension, global climate. Smart land management strategies could absorb up to half of global CO2 emissions each year for up to 40 years. WHRC works to identify optimal locations around the globe for carbon-smart conservation and reforestation opportunities.

Climate Change Tipping Point

TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER

Whale Watching Off Provincetown (you’d think taking pictures of these marvelous animals would be easier than it actually is)…..sadly, these are the best shots I got; As my daughter Corey Best (who is a REAL photographer) suggested, it was a lot like ‘whack a mole.’

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Kennebunk – Travel Blog #17 Day 53 On The Road

Posted on August 27, 2015 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined.

Good morning; last day in Maine; off to Kennebunk;  visiting and  having dinner with some Dunedin friends who are smart enough to ALWAYS get out of Florida for the summers – from here, Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues in Falmouth, Provincetown, and Martha’s Vineyard.

For those of you who continue to read these ramblings and follow our posts on Facebook -we can’t thank you enough.  As I confessed a couple of months ago, our ability via Facebook to share our adventure has only added to our enjoyment and made us even more grateful for this opportunity.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge | Maine

www.fws.gov/refuge/rachel_carson

If you’ve never done so, or it has been a while, do some reading on Rachel Carson, a woman way ahead of her times and someone who (in my opinion) was on the right side of environmental and climate change discussions way before it was fashionable.  Earlier today,  BJ and I visited the Wildlife Refuge (Wells, ME) named in her honor.*

*we also visited Scoops Ice Cream (Wells, ME)  – for those of you from St. Louis, think Ted Drewes  on steroids!

 

SCOOPIN’ UP FUN * SINCE 1983 – So far, this is our ‘trip advisor’ winner.

Now, Back To Rachel Carson

Following World War II, Carson put all of  her energy and  focus into an effort to warn the public about the long term effects of misusing pesticides. In Silent Spring(1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.

Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist (can you say Monsanto?), but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, Carson called for new policies to protect human health and the environment. Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer. Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures

Rachel Louise Carson

Born: May 27, 1907
in Springdale, Pennsylvania

Died: April 14, 1964
in Silver Spring, Maryland

PHOTO: Rachel Carson

 Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Wells, Ogunquit, and on to Cape Cod on Friday:  4198

States “touched”:  14

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  53

Blog Posts:  17

Interesting Blog Posts:  tbd

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 4

Beard Status:  Still Gone

 

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Ogunquit – Travel Blog #16 Day 48 On The Road

Posted on August 23, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

 

Common Good Café Southwest Harbor, Maine

Last week before we left Bar Harbor, we had breakfast at Common Good – a place where you pay what you  can afford (think ST. LOUIS BREAD COMPANY/PANERA’S restaurant in St. Louis with  no cash register or prices, just suggested donations).

But after visiting (and my perpetually shy wife volunteering to help with the manufacture of jelly – as she did back in our Webster Groves days – see photo) we realized that the Common Good is far more than a traditional “soup kitchen”– it is a unique, secular, and  innovative organization providing not only food, but healthful natural food, nutritional education, and community warmth for all  who seek it – very cool idea!!

From their web page:

From November through April, in the economic “off season” when many people are struggling to make ends meet, the Common Good draws people from all over Mount Desert Island to its weekly meals. Extra food is prepared for distribution to people in need who are unable to get out. January through March the Common Good also hosts Cabin Fever Saturday Nights where families can have an evening meal out together with music and fun activities for very low cost. These events are attended by people from all walks of life, who come together in the cold months to enjoy live music, conversation and the warmth of each others presence as well as good food. Another special program offered is free-to-the-public cooking classes to spread information about healthy eating and nutrition, such as cooking with whole foods, and using locally harvested produce and seafood.

At our meals, people put money in the bowl according to what they can afford. These optional donations, special fund raisers and an occasional contribution “out of the blue” as it were, have been the Common Good’s only sources of income. Our funding is all grass roots. There is no governmental institutional or foundation support of any kind.

The Common Good is succeeding in its mission to provide a community gathering place, education about food and nutrition, and meals that are truly delicious and nutritious, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life, not only serve the larger community but form a cadre of committed souls who radiate goodwill among themselves and beyond. Bank presidents, film makers, carpenters, fishermen, mechanics, farmers, homemakers, college students, high school dropouts, young moms & dads, teachers, persons being rehabbed via community service, physicians, special needs students from MDI High School: they all come together to chop, peel, stir, serve, clean, and make it happen. With the guidance of our triumvirate of executive chefs, they produced 61 events in the 014-015, winter season alone.!

 

 

Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Ogunquit:  3876

States “touched”:  13

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  48

Blog Posts:  16

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 3

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Friday’s Hike Encompassed A Little Bit Of Everything Here At Acadia – Kobe Mountain Trail  *and I apologize for the quality of the photography – I haven’t figured out  yet how to get shots from my camera to Picassa to Word Press without losing lots of detail, color, etc.

Charlotte Rhodes Park and Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor, ME

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Hustle, work hard, and seek adventure, but do it with your eyes wide open and focused on your present step.

You have everything right now.  The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are, at this moment.  Notice it, and make it memorable.”

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues (still) From The Acadia National Park In Maine – Travel Blog #15 Day 46 On The Road

Posted on August 20, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Days Completely “socked-in” with the fog: 1 (Today)

So Guess What Our Big Adventure is going to be? 

But if you’ll notice the signage, the Laundromat is connected to a sports bar, so our luck continues to hold.

SUNRISE FROM CADILLAC MOUNTAIN – ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – MAINE

This YOUTUBE VIDEO Is ‘a million’ TImes Better Than What I ShotIt’s Long (8 minutes), But Pretty Cool

http://youtu.be/rr6DDKd26QE

In Keeping With My Promise To At Least Make An Effort To Have Something Of Substance In Each Of These “travel blogs”, please find below a commencement address given by Toni Morrison.   We thought it was powerful (you can find the whole thing on YOUTUBE).  And, since we are calling this entire trip our entry into ADULTHOOD II, we especially liked her  comments on being an adult.

Toni Morrison on How to Be Your Own Story and Reap the Rewards of Adulthood in a Culture That Fetishizes Youth

In May of 2004, a decade after receiving the Nobel Prize for her “visionary force and poetic import” and shortly after collaborating with her son on a little-known and lovely children’s book, Toni Morrison was invited to Wellesley College to deliver what is both among the greatest commencement addresses of all time and a courageous counterpoint to the entire genre – Morrison defies every graduation cliché with wisdom at once thoroughly grounding and immensely elevating, striking that difficult but crucial balance of critical thinking and hope. Her extraordinary speech, included in the graduation compendium Take This Advice (public library), takes the art of the commencement address to the level of masterpiece – an art of taking what is and has always been true, rotating it 360 degrees with tremendous love and intellectual elegance, and coming back full-circle to the old truth that feels, suddenly, new and fresh and invigorating.  

 

An Exerpt:

I’m sure you have been told that this is the best time of your life. It may be. But if it’s true that this is the best time of your life, if you have already lived or are now living at this age the best years, or if the next few turn out to be the best, then you have my condolences. Because you’ll want to remain here, stuck in these so-called best years, never maturing, wanting only to look, to feel and be the adolescent that whole industries are devoted to forcing you to remain.

One more flawless article of clothing, one more elaborate toy, the truly perfect diet, the harmless but necessary drug, the almost final elective surgery, the ultimate cosmetic-all designed to maintain hunger for stasis. While children are being eroticized into adults, adults are being exoticized into eternal juvenilia. I know that happiness has been the real, if covert, target of your labors here, your choices of companions, of the profession that you will enter. You deserve it and I want you to gain it, everybody should. But if that’s all you have on your mind, then you do have my sympathy, and if these are indeed the best years of your life, you do have my condolences because there is nothing, believe me, more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood. The adulthood that is the span of life before you. The process of becoming one is not inevitable. Its achievement is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted to deprive you

Images From Little Cranberry Island, Acadia National Park, Maine

   

Miles Traveled:  3657

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  46

Blog Posts:  15

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Chowders Tasted: 7 –  Islesford Dock On Little Cranberry Island Is The ‘Winner In The Clubhouse’

Rainy Days: Still Only 1 Which Is About 38 Fewer Than Our Friends  And Family On The West Coast Of Florida Have “Enjoyed”

Fogged-In Days: 1 (Today; so we did laundry)

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Next Stop:  Olgonquit, Maine On Saturday; Heading Into The Park Tonight To Catch The Sunset and then one final Day To Enjoy Acadia

Hope all is well in your world.

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From The Schoodic Peninsula & Isle Au Haut, Maine – Travel Blog #14 Day 43 of 90

Posted on August 17, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Sunrise From Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park – where dawn first touches the continental US

BRAIN PICKINGS

I sort of ‘promised’ that I would try to keep the blog from becoming all ‘fluff’ – not sure I’m succeeding.  That being said I want to share with you a web site that BJ turned me on to way back in Gettysburg.  As your schedule permits, take a look; I think you’ll it will help keep the brain from rusting

 Please peruse the piece below from Diane Ackerman – Secret Life of the Senses and the Measure of Our Aliveness; I think you’ll like it.  It really goes to the heart of how BJ and are are feeling at the mid-way point in our trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery. However many of life’s large, captivating principles and small, captivating details we may explore, unpuzzle, and learn by heart, there will still be vast unknown realms to lure us. If uncertainty is the essence of romance, there will always be enough uncertainty to make life sizzle and renew our sense of wonder. It bothers some people that no matter how passionately they may delve, the universe remains inscrutable. “For my part,” Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

Simon Pearce

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Simon Pearce
Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur in glassblowing and pottery, who learned his trade in Kilkenny, Ireland. Pearce located his first US factory, in Quechee, Vermont in 1981. This site, which is powered hydroelectrically by the Ottauquechee River, became a showroom, restaurant, and glass-blowing demonstration facility. The New York Times described him as a prominent American designer of glassware, and his works have been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and to presenters at the Academy Awards.

Miles Traveled:  3436

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  43

Blog Posts:  14

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Still Only 1 Which Is About 35 Fewer Rainy Days Than Our Friends In Dunedin

Beard Status:  Still Gone

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Bar Harbor, Maine – Travel Blog #13 Day 39 of 90

Posted on August 15, 2015 under Attitude Adjusters.

We Have Arrived In Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Forest (200 yards up the road).

BJ spent over a year planning Our ULTIMATE Road Trip and she has done a truly magnificent job – but where we landed today is above and beyond (photos  and specifics to follow).  Had our first lobster rolls and adult beverages (at lunch even) at Stewman’s at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel.

 

How Many Of You Knew That Bode Miller Was From Franconia, New Hampshire?  We Didn’t! Do Now!

 

“The Value of Traveling”

We are feeling so fortunate to be making this trip and  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Educational. It’s amazing the things you can learn just by visiting another part of your own country – and we haven’t gone West of the Mississippi (not even close). Whether you’re learning history or culture or economics or more, there’s value in visiting places different from home.
  • Escape. Traveling is rejuvenating and uplifting. Travel forces you to slow down.
  • Food. There is nothing like tasting authentic regional foods cooked where they were “born.”  We are focusing on ice cream and craft beers.
  • People. We have made the most incredible connections since we headed north out of Dunedin – we’ve already met some great people  along the way and we are not quite at 50% done;  (and as an aside, there is no doubt in my mind that the trip has been great for us as a couple).
  • Perspective. I am always humbled when I travel; I know we will come back home with a greater appreciation for home and family – what’s important. 

        *   Adventure.Sometimes it takes venturing away from home to get out of our comfort zones to try new things; that is certainly the case for me (not so much for BJ who thrives on getting out of her comfort zone)

  • Curiosity. Travel helps us rediscover the kid inside. It not only inspires curiosity, but it feeds it, making us yearn for more!  And there are few people with more curiosity than my wife
  • Sights. There are so many things to see in every state in the US. From the “big” sights like Niagara Falls to the lesser known sights like Chautauqua, there is wonder in all of them.
  • Diversity. We have loved seeing how different each state and each region is – there’s even vast diversity within areas of each state.
  • Beauty. One of the things that our road trips have done for us, more than anything else, is to help us appreciate the beauty and the wonder of this amazing country we live in.

Ernest Hemingway

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
Me & Mandy:  You Decide

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From The White Mountains of New Hampshire – Travel Blog #12 Day 35 of 90

Posted on August 11, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Greetings From Lincoln, New Hampshire 

This is in no way a complaint, but,  it has been pouring all day – the first inclement weather of our trip.  Based upon what our friends on the West Coast of Florida have been going through, I think it best that I just leave it at that.  Great afternoon of reading and We head for Freeport (as in L. L Bean) on Thursday.

Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Itinerary

A number of you have asked what the next couple of weeks looks like; within reason, we are trying to be ‘loose’, but this is not the time of the year to head out with no reservations.  Here you go:

Lincoln – Freeport – Bar Harbour – Ogunquit – Falmouth – Martha’s Vineyard

Miles Traveled:  3216

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  35

Blog Posts:  11

Status of Marriage:  still solid

Rainy Days: 1

Beard Status – Gone

TOMORROW Mt. Washington

Simon Pearce At the Mill In Quechee, VT – GLASSBLOWING/POTTERY/RESTAURANT (more photos and video to follow – fascinating place – GREAT RESTAURANT)

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The Houses of The Chautauqua Institution

A special ‘shout-out’ to my Aunt Barbara (Huebner) in Geneva – great being with you –  get better soon; Our new friends Jane Lavery and John Newhall of Rochester – enjoy your family this week in Chautauqua; and our hosts on Lake Canada – Ann and John Robinson from Dunedin; and our hostess in Chautauqua – Jane Buch.

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From The Chautauqua Institution, NY – Travel Blog #11 Day 33 of 90

Posted on August 7, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

One Of Today’s Speakers: Phil Zuckerman 

“Being secular means loving family and friends rather than a deity or savior. Being secular involves seeking to do good and treating others right simply because such behavior makes the world a better place for all.  Being secular is about finding joy, splendor, and fulfillment in new born babies and thunderstorms, peaches and tears, harmony and inner thighs, algebra and forgiveness, squid and irony, without attaching any supernatural or divine masking tape to such inexplicable wonders of life.”

The Bicycles Of Chautauqua

Tomorrow is our last full day in Chautauqua and the agenda looks like this: walk by the lake at 8AM; Starbuck’s at 9AM; Senior National Geographic Photographer Anand Varma at 10AM, Islam and the Problem of Monotheism at noon, Chautauqua Opera Theater at 4PM, Beach Boys at 8PM). 

We have already made plans to return in 2016.

Saturday AM we head to Geneva, NY, to visit with my Mom’s sister – Barbara Huebner. 

Unless I get really inspired, I’m signing off until Monday  – enjoy the weekend and thanks for following us.

Beard Update:  GONE after 32 days – and  someone is delighted! Guess who?

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues – Travel Blog #10 Day 30 of 90

Posted on August 5, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Greetings (still) From The Chautauqua Institution

Tomorrow AM:  Isabel Wilkerson – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award For Non-Fiction

The Warmth of Other Suns

Tomorrow Night: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Piano Concerto #2, Op. 16, G Minor – Serge Prokofiev

The Beard Update:  three people told me today that they mistook me for  Mandy Patinkin…………….still trying to determine if that is a good thing or a bad thing………………I always thought Indigo Montoya was the star of the movie.

 

 

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues – Travel Blog #9 Day 28 of 90

Posted on August 4, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Greetings From The Chautauqua Institution

Today’s Chautauqua Schedule (temperature 59 degrees and overcast): Travel Blog Post, morning walk, visit  Starbuck’s, read the Chautauqua daily to firm up the day’s activities:  lecture by Dr. Brad Allenby (Arizona State) on Civilized International Conflict Resolution, lawn bowling lesson, lunch, presentation by Erik Larson author of Dead Wake, LGBT open discussion (“why it is important to be seen’), fitness center to swim, dinner and adult beverages, theater (Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, directed by Vivienne Benesch), call it a night.

Miles Traveled:  2514

States “touched”:  still 8

Provinces’ Touched:  still 1

Days On the Road:  28

Blog Posts:  9

Beard Status – On It’s Way “OUT” (probably before Bar Harbor):  Grand Children – Negative; Spouse – Very Negative; Children – Non Committal (smart); Siblings – Negative; GQ: Don’t Think I Am Going To Hear Back.

Status of Marriage:  “We’re Still Having Fun And You’re Still The One”

Welcome To Chautauqua! An Idea………..A Community of People….A Place

The Chautauqua Institution is a powerful idea that grew from the vision of its founders into a program of lifelong learning that combines education, religion, the arts and recreation in a unique way.  It is at the same time, a community of people of all ages, who share with each other their learning, their spiritual and intellectual searching, their creative talents, their friendship and their desire for relaxation and fun.

 

Craig J McConnell

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