Climbing my first real mountain by myself

This past weekend I tackled another first on my ever-growing, Maine, to-do list: I climbed my first real mountain completely by myself. When I say “real mountain” what I mean is one that is over 1,000 feet tall. The only other one I had climbed on my own was Bradbury …

Feed your soul with a solo adventure

I’m a big fan of solo adventures. Yes, it’s amazing to have someone to share experiences with—to tell you where to turn, to grab your hand as you’re about to slip off a mountain, go to a concert with, etc. Shared experiences are awesome and can add so much value …

The boomerang effect: A Maine thing

Since I’ve been in Maine I’ve noticed something pretty incredible. A lot of Mainers are boomerangs. Allow me to explain. For those of you who may not know, a boomerang is a bent or curved piece of tough wood that when thrown will return back to the thrower. Every time …

The Maine journey: We finally made it!

I am happy to report that Carm and I are safely in Maine! I apologize for my lack of posts last week. For those of you who have done it, you know that moving across the country is a journey and a really time-consuming process. There is so much to …

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

There have been times during this cross-country moving process that I’ve hardly recognized myself. Who is this girl woman who is brave, adventurous, and isn’t afraid of failing? Oh, right. That would be me! It wasn’t so long ago that I was afraid, full of worry, and didn’t want to …

Maine-bound, with a Chicago interim

I’m one of those weirdos who loves to move. I’m preparing for my 3rd move in 3 years. Some would call that a little nuts, but I just like to mix it up. Due to job changes and chasing down the elusive “affordable rent” it has become necessary to move …

Plan B doesn’t mean Bad

“The plan” is actually quite simple. I realized during my time out in Maine that I could make this happen now. I would struggle at first what with trying to find a job and an apartment, but I could do it. Then an excellent Plan B option came about. My …

Excursion’s end and the start of something new

  Tonight is my last night in Portland and the last night of my New England Excursion. The feelings are definitely bittersweet. I’ve had a wonderful time the last two days wandering around the great city of Portland. It’s been nice to wake up whenever I want, have a great …

Do as the Vermonters Do

The last couple of days have been incredible. On Sunday I took the ferry out to Peaks Island and it was awesome. Other than a few drizzles here and there, the rain mostly held off. I rented a bike and rode along the perimeter path of the island. It’s only …

It’s a Maine Thing

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a full 24 hours, I can finally say it: I’m in love with Maine! I have done so much in my short time here so far. Yesterday I got coffee at Aurora Provisions which was awesome. I love the atmosphere and the coffee …