Thursday, July 24, 2014

New England – Camping with Your Dogs – Best Experiences

First in what one hopes is a series

A Morning Walk on Sand Beach

This blogger had spend hours of research on possible campsites that offered accommodations for not one, but three dogs – in New England there were two. Most campsites offer “pet friendly” options, however, in reading the fine print, one finds that dogs must be on leash at all times, and are not allowed in certain areas of the campground (including any beach-sites), most are confined to one dog, no more, with specific leash lengths (6 feet being most common) – to this dog owner, hardly friendly. Finally, I happened upon Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, in historic Stonington, Maine. What to know: Multiple, well-behaved, dogs accepted off-leash with owners, self-contained property offering: sailing, boating, kayaking, hiking and yes, there are beaches nearby. They also boast a fine take-out service, with lobster dinners at extremely reasonable prices, lobster rolls one could die for, and a choice of “boxed” lunches, with assorted wraps, breakfasts, and the works! The campsites are large, limited to 13, with additional overflow” sites available. (RV Parking as well).

Excessive or prolonged barking is not appreciated, one should pick up after one’s dogs, and the alternative to not so well behaved dogs, is to keep them on leash if the tendency is to invade the neighbors campsite to visit and wreck mayhem with the neighbors dog(s). Sadly, for this blogger, that would describe my three troublemakers, however, leashed, they enjoyed themselves just the same. (They may have believed they were at a large dog-park, and wanted to mix it up a bit with new friends.)

Relaxing after a day walking about!

Maxmillion loves boating

The beach – Sand beach, although dogs must be on-leash and picked up after, they are not restricted by hours – it is a beautiful haven, with a set of trails leading to breathtaking views, and a short drive from Old Quarry.

Stonington, Maine, is located east of Augusta, or Bangor, and the approximate drive-time from Massachusetts is 7 hours. The drive from the Maine Turnpike offers scenic vistas, grand mountain views of the bay and islands.

Having not camped in 30 some-odd years, let alone with three dogs, the time spent at Old Quarry Ocean Adventures was one of the best vacations experienced. Rating AAA – for the food, the activities and the treatment of one’s best friends.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

2016 Polling – What It Implies – Paul, Clinton and the Rest of the Pack - Analysis

The Los Angeles Times article on the latest 2016 polling is somewhat interesting in that the headline suggests that Clinton is sweeping a tightly packed field of Republicans. Once one gets into the breakdown of the latest polling, it is Biden, not the Republican’s Clinton leads in the first of the nation’s primary/caucus states. “Bunched are leader Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush in Iowa, with Christie behind in New Hampshire. Given that no one has announced an intent to run (besides Rand Paul, this is, of course, all hypothetical), it is interesting that Clintons is in a statistical tie with Republicans in both states! (Los Angeles Times)

The Washington Post Weighs in on Rand Paul in the same polling where they find he is in an excellent position at this point – however, it has been eons since any Republican took both Iowa and New Hampshire – basically sealing the nomination – Paul’s in line for that given the current field and current conditions.(Washington Post)

What to take away from all of this is the following: regardless of the outcome of any Democrat Primary at this point, the Republican’s are in good stead as of today to take back the White House. Considering that the pollsters name Hillary Clinton as the Democrat frontrunner, it appears that the former Secretary of State would rather spend her cash elsewhere than with an “iffy” at best run at the Presidency. Additionally, one sees a Maryland Governor who is shaping up nicely as a potential candidate as well. Elizabeth Warren, who is being touted as the next coming of Barack Obama, may not, after all run, according to sources. Who could blame either woman, who are smarter than most politicians, if both bowed out at this point due to two scenarios: one they may outright lose – based on current polling and two, does anyone really want to be next in line to clean up this horrific mess? That takes dedication and tons of courage and the certain knowledge that, as it may take several years to right the ship of state, the nation by year 4 may want to kick the person at the helm – to the proverbial curb.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rank Paul to San Francisco!

From SF Gate: Kentucky Senator and, as of yet, unannounced 2016 Presidential Candidate, will be attending a “conservatarian” conference as the “star speaker”. Paul, who also was received with open arms at Berkley of all places, will be in Nancy Pelosi’s, much gerrymandered district, of one City, speaking with individuals who are like-minded.

San Francisco is also the home to John Dennis, Libertarian, and GOP candidate for Ms. Pelosi’s long-held seat. Paul has endorsed Dennis. Two remarkable events are occurring: one where a GOP potential candidate sets foot on Democrat hallowed ground, and two that there are like minded-individuals there to greet him. Consider the possibility of having someone who a)is a leader and b) talks to and works with all sides of the aisle, and sides within their own party – one would have a working government!

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