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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2015, 11:59:26 AM »
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
I'd love to read it, especially if you can get it done before I go on Chol HaMoed Succos.

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2015, 03:23:10 PM »
Time to revive a thread from the dead. We'll be in Maine (flying into BGR, out of PWM became there was nothing available from BGR) for 2 days during Chol HaMoed (Arriving 11am Wed, leaving 7:40p Thu). The idea is to spend time in Acadia NP and hopefully go leaf peeping. We're thinking of using a free night at a Residence Inn by Marriott in Bangor for the night. The idea is to go straight from the airport to Acadia, spend the day (6:18 sunset) and drive back to Bangor. Does it make sense to go back the next day as well (keeping in mind it'll add 1 hour to the 2 hour drive to PWM)?
What are ages and hiking abilities of your party? If people are up to it, the hikes in Acadia are well marked, have great write-ups online and overall, really a treat. For your short duration, I think it makes better sense to stay somewhere on Mt. Desert Island Wednesday night so you can spend most of Wednesday (Acadia is about 1:10 from BGR airport) and all of Thursday there before driving back to PWM. Also, keep checking for availability (DL: to DTW or LGA; US to PHL or DCA; and UA to ORD) from BGR so you can buy yourself more time in the park. Consider flying back on Friday morning instead. 

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2015, 03:28:04 PM »
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
I'm assuming you couldn't find availability in Bar Harbor? Because staying near Bangor and traveling back and forth is a major schlep.

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2015, 04:10:45 PM »
What are ages and hiking abilities of your party? If people are up to it, the hikes in Acadia are well marked, have great write-ups online and overall, really a treat. For your short duration, I think it makes better sense to stay somewhere on Mt. Desert Island Wednesday night so you can spend most of Wednesday (Acadia is about 1:10 from BGR airport) and all of Thursday there before driving back to PWM. Also, keep checking for availability (DL: to DTW or LGA; US to PHL or DCA; and UA to ORD) from BGR so you can buy yourself more time in the park. Consider flying back on Friday morning instead.
That's for your help! It's just two of us, one of whom is not really into hiking (walking with minor inclines in nature is great though). The reason we still plan on staying in Bangor itself is because it's a free night cert, and I really don't want to pay and and use Arrival+ to offset it if I have a free night.

In terms of flights, my thoughts are like this: I just checked and a flight from BGR-PHL (PHL is our origin) opened up at 5:25pm instead of PWM at 7:40pm. If I switch to the BGR flight I'll have to pay to cancel the other tickets ($11.20) which isn't bad, but I won't be saving that much time since I'll have to leave 2 hours earlier anyway.  With that in mind, do you still think it's worth it to switch?

We can't fly back on Friday as there are no flights early in the day (5:25p flight is available again, but it won't help us).

Even if I change to BGR-PHL, we'd need to leave Acadia at 3:15pm at the latest to make it to BGR by 4:25, return the car, and fly back, or to arrive at PWM by 6:15pm.

Now putting it all together. Based on the fact that we'll be staying in Bangor (I also hope for a minyan on Thursday), would it make sense to go back to Acadia knowing I'd have to leave by 3:15p, or can I do enough (I know I can't do all) of the highlights the day we arrive (in about 6.5 hours)? We don't need to do big hikes, just easy walk/hikes and driving around the park loop. If we don't go back to Acadia, I don't have any big ideas of what to do instead (besides perhaps the LL Bean Factory store in Portland), but I'm sure there's something.

Thoughts?

I'm assuming you couldn't find availability in Bar Harbor? Because staying near Bangor and traveling back and forth is a major schlep.
Bangor to Acadia looks like an hour drive without traffic (which I assume they don't have much of on that route. What is the minimum amount of time needed to spend in Acadia NP that would make the drive from Bangor worth it? 2 hours? 4 hours?

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2015, 04:25:46 PM »
Dates? Maybe IHG BRG?
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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2015, 04:26:41 PM »
Dates? Maybe IHG BRG?
Night of 9/30. The brand new RI my Marriott is a cat 5 and I have a free night cert. Any thoughts on a second day in Acadia or flying from BGR or PWM?

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2015, 04:30:58 PM »
I can't really answer that question because I think you should sleep in Bar Harbor. I think we should resolve that first...
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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2015, 04:41:25 PM »
I can't really answer that question because I think you should sleep in Bar Harbor. I think we should resolve that first...
Since it's chol hamoed I'd prefer to daven with a minyan, making Bar Harbor not an option. Can we move on to my question now?  ;)

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2015, 04:44:53 PM »
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.

Acadia is on my to do list also. Looking forward to the TR!

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: August 18, 2015, 04:49:09 PM »
Since it's chol hamoed I'd prefer to daven with a minyan, making Bar Harbor not an option. Can we move on to my question now?  ;)
Now that's a real reason (not I have a cert I need to use).

I would probably go back to Acadia NP, even for 3-4 hours.
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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: August 18, 2015, 05:00:44 PM »
Now that's a real reason (not I have a cert I need to use).

I would probably go back to Acadia NP, even for 3-4 hours.
What about flying out of BGR 2:20 before my already booked flight from PWM? Is it worth it to switch the flight to leave from BGR too?

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: August 18, 2015, 06:11:13 PM »
Seems like you'll need to leave Acadia the same time either way. Is it with $11.20 to you to and yourself 2 hours of driving (to me out would be, plus you'd probably spend that much on gas)
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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: August 18, 2015, 06:13:42 PM »
Seems like you'll need to leave Acadia the same time either way. Is it with $11.20 to you to and yourself 2 hours of driving (to me out would be, plus you'd probably spend that much on gas)
Yeah, between the gas and the extra time for delays, construction, etc, it makes more sense to forgo visiting another random airport (how many people have PWM on their list of airports they've flown through). Thanks for your help!

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: August 18, 2015, 06:22:54 PM »
Yeah, between the gas and the extra time for delays, construction, etc, it makes more sense to forgo visiting another random airport (how many people have PWM on their list of airports they've flown through). Thanks for your help!
+1 I'd definitely go for the BGR over PWM. The airport there is really small and the rental car return is a short walk up to the gates. You'd have to build in more buffer time for traffic heading into Portland (which we encountered, though that was on a busy August sunday, not a Thursday in September. The shul in BGR calls their shachris for 6:45 on weekday mornings (but call them before hand to see whether anything different is being done for Chol Hamoed), but they frequently don't get a minyan.

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Re: Maine Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: August 18, 2015, 06:30:01 PM »
+1 I'd definitely go for the BGR over PWM. The airport there is really small and the rental car return is a short walk up to the gates. You'd have to build in more buffer time for traffic heading into Portland (which we encountered, though that was on a busy August sunday, not a Thursday in September. The shul in BGR calls their shachris for 6:45 on weekday mornings (but call them before hand to see whether anything different is being done for Chol Hamoed), but they frequently don't get a minyan.
Yeah, I doubt the traffic at 3pm on a autumn Thursday will compare to an August Sunday.  Either way I switched the flight. I guess I'll probably never get to fly out of a jetport (PWM) :(.

6:45a doesn't bother me, though I'll call again closer to going. When I called a few weeks ago the person who answered didn't know. I usually daven at 5:45a. I'm hoping that on Chol HaMoed they'll get a minyan, since it's Yom Tov. At least maybe they'll have a succah I could use.

So it looks settled then. I'll fly in and out of BGR, and spend both days in Acadia. Assuming there's no scheduled minyan, is sunrise on Cadillac Mountain a thing? SF seemed to go for it but missed out due to the clouds. Is it something that people specifically go early for?