My trip to Maine

I still can't believe that after I had the surreal and incredible experience of hiking Labyrinth Mountain to capture a proposal, that same couple hired me to photograph their wedding in Maine. It felt like a lifetime, although in reality, it all happened rather quickly. Their engagement happened the tail end of July, their wedding was mid-October. I was honestly surprised that I was even able to make those dates happen, but I did, and I loved it!

Fast forward to October 15th and I had the day to clean the house, pack my bags, and do everything I could to ensure I was as prepared as humanly possible. Because being as prepared as possible and knowing as much as I can, alleviates my regular anxiety. And so it came. I was catching the red eye from the far West Coast to the far East Coast. Sitting for long periods of time is not my strong suit. My body physically hurt, and I hadn't been on a plane in a couple years (!!!). I know, I know, but we've been road tripping the U.S. mostly instead, so no complaints.

I arrived in Portland, Maine around 9am, grabbed a car, found some breakfast, and began my five day excursion. I had a two hour drive to the Inn I was staying at for two days, nearest the wedding venue, and I had nothing but time until then. It was incredible.

The first part of day 1 was spent in Cape Elizabeth. Where nearly every other home was decorated for autumn or Halloween, and it was all so beautiful. The homes carry a historic, charming, and elegant nature to them. I couldn't have loved it more! I was so distracted by all the neighborhoods and decor, it was surprising I didn't get lost - ha! I found my way around to visit two of their many lighthouses, stop at local shops, and once I hit the road for Mill Hill Inn, I stopped at State Parks and any beautiful area I found along the way.

From Portland to Newry, the drive was really incredible. I've learned that Maine drivers are so different than Washington drivers, and I was not complaining. They are much less aggressive and there aren't 100,000 going in the exact same direction at the exact same time. I liked that a lot! It almost seems like it was a lifetime away, although it was really only a few days. Next stop, Mill Hill Inn!

Campfire by the lake

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

We stopped to visit some friends at the lake, it was quiet and felt like fall. I really loved this time, although my gears were still turning as we'd been so on the go up until this point, but I made myself really slow down and be present for these two days. I didn't take many photos of everyone, which is rare for me, but these few I really love.

I am nearly done sharing all the posts from our trip across country. You can visit the latest post, HERE, and find more links at the bottom of the post.

Sol Duc Falls

April 2014 | Sol Doc Falls, Wa

Sometimes my little guy and I will run parts of the hike to expend some energy. Others times his sister and him will jump the steps. He always climbs the fallen logs or accessible trees. I've said it before, but I admire how the world is their playground. A lesson from them I hope to never forget. This hike has a little bit of all of that. It's a favorite of ours. When we get to the waterfall, Alyx finds little hiding spots alongside the river, Kate is usually getting grumpy, and I am being a little daring as I climb to the top of the waterfall (as long as the rocks aren't over slippery).

It was a great experience taking my parents and stepbrother there this trip. I just love taking people hiking who wouldn't usually. Sharing our love and passion for the Northwest is something both Jeremy and I love to do as well. Our experiences are unique, as we are quite often on the road to somewhere, and not always with a plan. Our children and dogs in tow, and we have everything we need. Throw in a couple friends or family and it couldn't be better!

PNW Coastal Beach Hideaway

After hours of driving, our restless legs were ready for adventure. Our eyes had been taking in the scenic landscape the whole trip, but nothing prepared us for the breathtaking coastline we would soon be exploring. Now a must-see family stop every trip we make to the Olympic Peninsula, we love hiking in to the driftwood covered beaches. The air is fresh, the sky is blue, the water is crashing up teasing to soak you if you get too close. The kids make forts and teeter totters and run around playing with the dogs, who if we are alone, get to be leash-less. It's so freeing, moments of uninhibited adventure, feeling home while not actually being at home.

Orange Grove in Somis

My favorite stop of the trip, and by far, my favorite memory of all time - was this stop in Somis. One of my earliest memories from childhood is picking oranges off the tree for breakfast with my Grandma in Camarillo. It was such a simple break in our three week trip, a time pulled off the side of the road. It was just us (and later some cows herding down the mountainside), some delicious oranges, and that sweet sweet California sunshine!

More posts from this California trip here, and here.