I haven't blogged in an embarrassingly long time - my excuse was we've been so busy with work and our renovation project that I haven't been anywhere pretty. But then I realized that's a very sad excuse.
So I challenged myself...
I was also inspired by my beautiful bff who happens to own a gardening company...she finds beauty EVERYWHERE (and seriously...check out her work because it's amazing) and posts photos all the time....so I decided to try and take her perspective a little more.
Her company is called Solid Roots Garden Services, and they do beautiful work in the Downeast/Acadia region of Maine.
Since we've been too busy with work to really spend any 'leisure' time exploring I decided I'd just have to take my camera along on one of our work trips....so I told my husband to make room for it in the car. (Long story there...I'll get to it)
Here was my challenge:
Take at least ONE photo I can stand (listen....I'm not in love with any of these, they're very different from my 'usual') at each stop I had time to pull the camera out.
These stops are abandoned houses in VERY assorted places. Some are way out in the country, others are in some pretty seedy areas of the city. So this was a pretty broad challenge.
Here's what I got:
Now, I hardly know what any of these plants are...but I'm gonna learn! I am determined to become familiar with the southern plants - at least enough to identify the common ones.
One of the last houses we went to is in the middle of NOWHERE....but it is awesome. It's actually nothing special, but the tree-lined drive could be gorgeous, there is a huge porch, and a pool!
The last stop was a mobile home on an unkept dirt road....it was not pretty. I walked around for a few minutes to attempt and find SOMETHING pretty....but then I opened my eyes. Here's what was at the ugly house.
Life is beautiful, people, look around. :-)
Let me explain
One of my sisters had a conference in Charleston (as you all know...our soon-to-be home!) and last-minute decided to drive rather than fly - SO - she needed someone to drive with!
Here's the whole situation:
Friday at 2pm: Conference begins
Saturday at 9pm: Conference ends
She had class and I worked till 5 on Thursday - which left us very little time to get from Maine to South Carolina - plus I had to work again on Monday morning.
Obviously we went for it! (plus another sister)
I've always loved road trips, so it wasn't really hard for Elysia to convince me to drive down for the weekend (even though it's nearly a 20hr drive for a weekend...) but it was a little more work for us to convince Megan (Elysia's twin) to come too.
We left Bangor right around 6pm Thursday night - and drove STRAIGHT THROUGH until 2pm Friday afternoon when we (finally) made it to Charleston!
Megan and I dropped Elysia off at Blue Bicycle Books for her conference and then went back to the hotel to shower, nap, and relax a bit till dinner. I have no idea how that girl got through the conference without a refresh like we had, but she did. Trooper. (Although I did drive the whole way down)
After she was out of the conference Friday night we did a quick tour of the city, then headed over to Sesame Burger for dinner. Then BED!!! Woo.
Elysia was in the conference all day Saturday, so Megan and I had time to really enjoy Charleston.
We went to breakfast at Hominy Grill - SO FREAKING GOOD. Definitely worth a visit. The lady at the front desk of our hotel suggested it, and since we had no other ideas we actually listened for once. Take my advice, check it out yourself for sure.
We had amazing weather for our travels, so first we drove around Mount Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, and then Folly Beach. When we got back to Charleston proper we decided to head off on foot.
The pier was gorgeous right before sunset (totally a mistake...we didn't mean to get all the way to the water) so we hung out and took a few pictures, then walked down to the Battery wall.
We left at 4am Sunday morning and drove all the way home - we didn't get back to Bangor until a little after midnight (awful traffic in NYC) but other then that the drive was actually pretty good.
Can't wait until this is our home!! Just a few more weeks.
early 20th century: from German Wanderlust .
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I LIVE to travel. (It drives my husband nuts) I am usually two trips ahead when it comes to planning, and if for some reason I don't have some sort of adventure planned I start getting some serious cabin fever.
Can anyone relate? There is just something about seeing a new place, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new people that thrills me....and I'm (seriously) addicted to it!
To help keep me sane (aka. Occupy a Wanderer) in between our epic adventures Dave and I often explore close to home - and our favorite season is fall! I am in love with the gorgeous colors, and he just enjoys being comfortably cool. A few weeks ago we decided to take (one of our last before the move) a trip exploring Maine and doing some work at the same time.
One of our stops (and all the photos above) was at Tunk Mountain in East Hancock, Maine. If you've been following my blog I've definitely posted photos from Tunk recently, but these are just a little more gorgeous - it is finally fall!
How gorgeous is it!? (and how handsome is my man!? Btw....I've finally complained enough about only having photos of his backside that he's "letting" me take actual photos of him)
We had just enough time to hike about half the trail before the sun went down, so we made the most of it and hiked fast!
The foliage has been a little weird this year, so only about half the trees were actually turning, but the ones that were had the most amazing colors....as you can see. :-)
Our second local adventure (on a different day, these two places are NOT close) was to Aroostook county, to Easton. Dave currently has an inspection up there, and since it's a LONG drive he invited me to keep him company. What a gorgeous ride!
While Dave did his inspection I had time to explore the farm next door and take some fun photos of the old equipment. He only gave me about fifteen minutes, I could totally have used an hour!
Dave bought me an awesome new lens, so of course I made him stop every few miles so I could play with it capture this gorgeous landscape.
In-town Easton there is a cute little pond, and apparently it was the perfect time to see a pretty large flock of geese. Of course I made Dave stop - again.
So, how do you keep a wanderer happy?
Keep her wandering <3
After this cruise paradise in our minds is spelled: T - O - R - T - O - L - A
Seriously. Our ship docked around 6, and was only in port until noon. We were pretty bummed that our very last island visit was going to be so short (we were able to get off the ship at 7) so were definitely determined to get the most out of the day.
We were some of the first off the ship and to the taxis waiting to bring us to the beaches, it wasn't even fully light out. There was a cab "Madame" (she was probably just the dispatcher, but she was totally in charge) who said the best beach for us to see was called "Brewer's Bay". Since we were the only ship in port she said it would be pretty quiet.
Quiet - or completely empty! The sun hadn't even come all the way up on this side of the island, so the roosters (FYI - Tortola has about 100 million chickens....prepare yourselves) were crowing like crazy....for like an hour.
We just hung out on the beach and read until the sun came up fully, Talk about relaxation.
We brought our snorkel stuff (sans flippers) with us because the cab Madame said there was actually a pretty reef in Brewer's Bay, so as soon as it was sunny enough we donned our stylish masks and hit the fish finding.
Elysia was stuck on the beach, because for some reason she decided she didn't want to bring her snorkel gear. :-P She will never live this mistake down.
The water was amazing. Perfect temperature, perfect current (aka, none) a gorgeous reef, and TONS of super cool fish.
The water around the reef wasn't very deep, maybe 10 feet at the deepest point (where we were at least) so we had to be really careful not to hit our legs on the rocks, or the coral.
Can you even believe these photos!? Thank God we bought the GoPro (seriously, best purchase of our lives) and thank God we listened to the cab Madame and went to Brewer's Bay! It stayed nearly completely empty the entire time we were there.
I gave my snorkel gear to Elysia for awhile so she could see the amazing-ness of the reef too. I got to spend a little time finishing my book (I was reading Hollow City, by Ransom Riggs) and lay in the sun. No complaints!
I'll go ahead and apologize for the number of photos already - we had SO many amazing shots from Tortola I can't cut them down as much as I maybe should...so I hope you enjoy!
Of course Megan started doing handstands.....I would be worried about her health if she didn't! :) We couldn't hold back the goofy at this point.
We only got to enjoy the beach until about 10:45, because we didn't want to miss the ship's departure! Our biggest concern on every island was missing the ship (we were never even close) so we probably cut our beach time shorter than we needed to, but better safe than sorry.
Our morning cab driver sent his brother back to pick us (and four other people) up again right around 11. The best part of Tortola is definitely the beach - the worst part - the roads. OH MY GOODNESS....talk about horrifying.
Our driver was gracious enough to stop and let us take a picture of the cruise terminal bay before heading down the (insanely steep and horrifying) road, but I'm actually pretty sure he just stopped to let the engine cool down.
We made it safely back to the cruise terminal (thank God) and got to hear an amazing Caribbean band playing in the new area they're building. (FYI - the Tortola cruise terminal is currently [as of October 2015] under construction - but it's shaping up to be an amazing port). I don't even hesitate for a second to say that Tortola was our favorite.
Bye bye, Tortola! We loved visiting!
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