Nature’s surprises

We went to a place called Schoodic Penninsula yesterday, which is a part of Acadia NP that is not on MDI (Mount Desert Island).  It was friggin beautiful and sparsely populated.  It’s my new favorite part of Acadia.  The link is to pictures of the place and the people I went with.

The surprise came when we were sitting and resting, and I spied a whale about 50-75 yards off of shore (a Finback).  I didn’t get a chance to shoot a picture, but I’ve got 3 witnesses to corroborate my story (hello Katie, Nick, and Ross).

It was amazing the effect that random wonderous incident had on our morale.  That’s the cool thing about hanging out in nature.  You can never really be sure what you’re going to get, and that’s exactly what I love.

4 shows to go.

The Crunch

These are my last days in Maine, and myself and my compatriates are all coming to the end of our contracts.  So we’ve been getting as much in as we can.  I’ve made some great friends here, and I’m super happy that I got to do this this summer.  Jen and Larrance rock, and Improvacadia is the sweetest place to work.

Here’s a link to some pics from our sail cruise and a hike we took.  Unfortunately, Katie Rich was unable to join us for these because she had to do work things.  Poopy on work, Katie…..Pubes!

Bar Harbor Diaries 8/15

One of the cool things about working in Bar Harbor is that you can get to do touristy things for free. If there is room on certain cruises, they will let island employees ride for free.

That’s how we got to do this Whales and Puffins tour out on the Atlantic a couple of days ago. It was a friggin blast. Nick, Ross, Katie, and I were running all over the boat and having a great time. Check out the pics by clicking the link.

Ross Nick and I sailed on a 4 masted schooner yesterday.  That was a relaxing and meditative experience.  The great thing about both is that they had cute men working on them.  Ah, the bounty of the sea.

PS – 3 days left at Improvacadia.

Bar Harbor Diaries 7/24

The new cast has arrived, and we’ve done our first show.  I’m excited to be with these folks out of the gate.  They’re all on the ‘let’s get outside and check shit out’ plan.  Not that the last crew wasn’t, but they weren’t to my level of enthusiasm about it.  These folks are.  I love em.  After one night of hanging out, I really feel comfotable and happy.

I did get a few solo hikes in last week, and that rocked because the weather was fucking perfect.  I’ve got a film loop below of some of the shots.  I think we’re going to go biking on the carriage roads sometime this week.  The carriage roads were the old road system that was built on the island by the rockefellers.  Now they’re just well-groomed bike trails/gravel roads.  They go past a lot of great views.  I can’t wait.

Othewise, I miss my peeps and especially my man, Kento.  I’ve been trying to call someone every week just to keep up (someone aside from Kento).

The Island Explorer

The Island Explorer is a system of buses and bus routes that have been devised and funded by the LL Bean company to reduce traffic and improve the environment. They also have their logo prominently on all of the buses. They are fucking awesome for exploring a majority of what Desert Island has to offer.  Especially, Acadia National Park.

The pics are of Jeanni and I screwing around all day. I had a blast!

Bar Harbor Diaries 7/10

Bar Harbor is the pearl of Maine’s coast, at least in summer. I can see the allure of this place for east coasters. It’s fairly wild, and it has natural features with some elevation (up to 1400′ in some areas).

It’s populated with a fair amount of groovy, hippy, artsy folks. I’ve chatted with a few, and they remind me of some of my friends in PDX.

Granted this place is mobbed with tourists, but I’ve had a good chance to meet locals being an employee on the island. It seems that wherever I go there’s another screaming kid, and I have to check my fantasies of putting a pillow over their faces until they stop struggling. Especially since they end up being in the audience later that night.

I’m already getting stopped on the street as ‘that comedy guy’. Easy to do in a town where you’re one of the main attractions.

Bar Harbor Diaries 7/7

Just got up. I’m a little down. I’ve got a bit of the ‘I miss home’ blues. My inbox is empty, and I feel a bit isolated here without a vehicle of my own to get around in.

Although, I had my first hike and swim yesterday. We went to a place called Beech Mountain. It’s the first time that I’ve been hiking where my fellow hikers were in worse shape than I was. We got done, and I was ready for two more. The trail we took was barely over a mile with something like a 500′ gain. The view was spectacular of the ocean, the island, and surrounding areas, but it’s a little pale comparatively.

We were at a public beach for the swim. So that was filled with screaming and fighting kids. That’s the part that is a bit annoying is the tourist end of things. It’s amazing how people tend to leave their manners and their humanity behind when they go on vacation. Everyone has this insular sense of entitlement that seems to help them justify poor treatment of others. I just love humanity sometimes.

I finally felt like I’ve got my improv legs under me here, and that’s nice. Jen said to me “that’s the guy we saw in the video” last night. That made me feel like coming here was the right thing to do. I just have to remember that I can’t spend money like I’m on vacation, which is tricky when you’re surrounded by people on vacation wherever you goe.