I’m Back From Vacation!

Before I tell you about my vacation, I just want to say that all of our thoughts are with everyone in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. Just watching the news every night it is horrifying to see all of the damage. [We’ll soon have an important message about our “NCP Cares” community outreach program and how we’re trying to do our (small) part to help.]

I recently got back from our vacation, and boy, did we all have a great time! We spent part of the trip visiting Acadia National Park in Maine. It was absolutely beautiful! We hiked and went on a bus tour of the park, and saw some incredible things. (See some photos below, which don’t do the place justice!) We also ate lots of “lobstah.”

Have you been able to get away this year? (Or plan to sometime soon.) If so, let me know what you did or are going to do.

Monday is Labor Day, which means our offices, including the Panel Support Center, will be closed. We’ll be back at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 5.

Before we go off on our long holiday weekend, I wanted to share some fun facts from wallethub.com:

Labor Day Weekend Travel:

  • 25% of Americans plan to get out of town for Labor Day weekend
  • 86% of Americans plan to travel by car
  • 16.1 million Americans will fly to their destination

Most popular Labor Day Weekend destinations are the following:

  • New York
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Orlando, FL
  • Chicago

In addition, 40.6% of Americans plan to BBQ over Labor Day Weekend.

Speaking of labor, many people have long commutes to work (I know I do!). Check out these stats, also from wallethub.com:

  • 51.8 minutes: The average time Americans spend commuting each day
  • 76.4% of Americans drive to work
  • 0.6% of Americans bike to work
  • 4.4% of Americans work from home

We hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend. And again, our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Here are some photos I took from Acadia National Park. They’re views from some of the hikes we went on.

11 thoughts on “I’m Back From Vacation!”

  1. Your photos were lovely. Thanks for sharing those. It’s my hope to one day do a New England fall cruise I order to take advantage of the scenery. It just seems perfect. 🙂

  2. Those are wonderful pics. I went on my vacation to Texas. Had a wonderful trip. Then I get home & disaster struck my home state. This is the worst disaster to strike the continental USA in history. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY STATE & THE PEOPLE IN IT. AMEN

  3. I was also in Maine for 6 days in the Belgrade Lakes, Mount Vernon and Augusta area. Our son was married in a beautiful outdoor wedding there. Lovely state with great people and wonderful sights.

  4. Beautiful place to go. Reminds me of our favorite spot that we used yo go to several times a summer, Ludington State Park in our state of Michigan.

  5. Ahhhh! Beautiful pics of Maine! I am originally from “downeast Maine” and these pics make me so homesick, especially this time of year! Glad you enjoyed your trip and your “lobstah”! 😉

  6. Oh wow!!! What a beautiful looking place!! First, glad you had fun, that’s what vacations are all about anyways, right? We just went to Florida, we hit Pensacola Florida the first day, long drive from Central Illinois, then made our way, eventually to Key West, not as beautiful as I had imagined, but still beautiful! Then we headed toward Daytona beach for 4 days, what an amazing place! In fact, we loved it so much that we are now planning on moving there 🙂 just getting some ducks in a row and getting a transfer out in for my wife :).

    What a great vacation we had also! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for allowing us to share!

    Also, our thoughts go to the victims of Texas, I wish we could do something, I just feel helpless.

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