Denise Goldberg's blog

Acadia captured
A return to the magic

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Pssst... don't tell Denise!

...written on June 3, 2008

I thought I'd start this journal for Denise. I think we'd better keep it a secret for a few days though, so please don't tell her. I want her to be surprised!

Oh! Maybe I'd better introduce myself in case you haven't met me before. I'm Rover. I'm a little red dog, and I've been traveling with Denise since (almost) the beginning of her ride across America back in 2002.

Denise's mind is still wrapped around work, and her out-of-the-office focus is on our trip to Zion National Park later this week. I really can't believe that we're going to Acadia almost right after we get home from Zion. Wow! We're going to be wandering in two favorite parks on opposite sides of the country with only four days separating the wonder.

This trip to Acadia is a last-minute unplanned wander. I thought that we weren't going to make it there this spring - or this year - but a couple of weeks ago Denise decided she needed a longer escape than her already planned short long weekend to Zion. Instead of trying to extend that trip, she decided that some wandering around Mount Desert Island might be in order. Riding Park Loop Road, walking on the rocks along the coast, perhaps a wander to the Schoodic Peninsula, relaxing, rolling down the road on two wheels, walking on two feet... Two feet for Denise, four very red paws for me!

We'll be staying at a bed & breakfast in Bar Harbor - the Holland Inn - using that as our base. I'm sure we'll be riding every day, and I know that Denise's cameras will pull us into interesting places. Do you think the sea gulls will pose for us again?

I think Denise will be happy that I started this journal for our trip. At least I hope she'll be happy... I'm going to be writing the entire Zion journal, but I have a feeling that Denise might want to help with the writing of this one.

Recognize these rocks? Yes, this photo of me is from out last wander in Acadia back in September of 2007. I'm so excited that Denise decided it's time to visit there again!

Table of Contents

For now, please use Blogger's list of posts in the sidebar to follow my trip in reverse sequence. I plan to flip this blog on its head so that the posts flow from oldest to newest (like the table of contents in a book), adding a real Table of Contents and a Page by Page sidebar entry, and adding (better) next and previous links at the bottom of each post.

I probably won't be able to make these changes for the next several weeks.

...Denise, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Word play

Ah, a new toy! I was introduced to Wordle today, a tool that, in the words of its creator, is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. I played with it with my blog, and then I thought it would be interesting to see the word patterns it created from my journal.

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Curious? Wander over to Wordle and play with your words too!