October 7, 2018
After spending most of the summer in the hot southern sun I was ready to get a break from the heat. I has been over 10 years since I was last in Maine, but the idea could not leave my head. When I was in between housing I put all of my belongings in storage and set at for a month of visiting friends, family and travel on the road
I started my journey north towards Philadelphia to visit my grand parents and uncle. After a week of relaxing, home cooked meals, and seeing old friends I was itching to get back on the road. My next adventure was Rhode Island.
My good friend flew up to the Philadelphia and we set out on the road. After a day stuck in and out of traffic we walked around Providence, Rhode Island and grabbed a quick dinner. The next morning we went to an alpaca farm just south of providence. Alpacas are very funny animals and are sometimes quite skittish. It took close to 30 minutes for them to adjust to our presence.
After our encounters with the goats and alpacas we kept north to Maine. Our first night we were greeted by an amazing sunset near Brunswick, Maine. The next morning we got back on the road towards Acadia National Park for a few days of hiking and exploring. We spent the first afternoon watching the waves crash on the rocks and checking out a local lighthouse.
Th next morning is when things on our trip took a turn. We woke up at 4am drenched. The tent had become a small creek. We quickly put everything in the car and drove to town to get a hot breakfast. We sat in a small coffee shop trying to make a plan to avoid the rain but it there was no way around it.
We spent the next two days driving through the rain and occasionally stopping when the fog was broken up.
The final few nights in Maine were some of my favorite. We stayed at the Oakland House Hostel near Deer Isle. This quiet hostel brought together travelers from around the world. We met a girl from Turkey, a group of friends escaping the heat of Florida, and two friends getting out of busy NYC for a weekend get away. It was such a great experience to hear their stories.
Deer isle also hosted my favorite hike in Maine. We were aimlessly driving around the small island when we decided to drive down a gravel road and see where it would take us. It greeted us with a lush pine forest with moss beds.
The most important part about this trip was taking a creative break. I did not set up any shoots on this trip, it was more about experiencing nature, time with friends and family. In return I was amped up and ready to get back to work at the end of it. I am excited to see what the next few months will hold, and what trip I will take next. Here are some snap shots from my travels.