Travel

The Coastline of Maine...

After staying a few days off the coast of Maine on Peak's Island, I traveled back to the mainland to spend some time exploring Portland & Scarborough. Portland rules. It's a small city with a lively nightlife, shopping center, and food scene. You can't go wrong with lobster rolls and sweet potato doughnuts, two delicacies I had several times while visiting. The city revolves around the proximity of the sea and you can find anything and everything sea themed, even re-purposed ship sails into tote bags. Twenty minutes south of Portland I visited Scarborough, where they have an even more quiet lifestyle and killer surf beach. Exploring and enjoying the waves and beautiful craggy coastline kept me busy and entertained for days. Visiting Maine again is definitely on my travel list!

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Peak's Island, Maine...

Peak's Island is one of the many islands off the coast of Maine. It is located in the Casco Bay and considered one of the calendar islands. The small island revolves around the ferry stop where you can find all the restaurants, people, and shops. Once you leave the ferry area, the island turns into a quiet and quaint residential area where everyone really does know their neighbor. Most have been coming to the island all of their lives, but few actually reside on the island year round. I spent a long weekend on the island photographing a wedding, but stayed a few extra days to enjoy the desolation of the off season and biking around the island solo. I even was there for a supermoon and some super sunsets.

The end of the world...Montauk, NY...

I spent two weekends this fall out in Montauk camping, biking, having fun, and surfing around the laid back beach vibe town. I spent most of the time surfing ditch plains and north bar and exploring by bike the Camp Hero State Park. The scenery is epic and the history and rumors (aliens & military testing) running wild around Montauk make for very interesting weekends. Montauk may actually be my favorite weekend trip destination in the area.

A summer trip to Yale...

Towards the end of summer I drove up to New Haven Connecticut to visit a friend from college and check out some current photography exhibits. New Haven, the cultural capital of Connecticut and home of Ivy League college Yale is quite the poppin off town. Catering mostly to the college demographic the town is filled with vintage stores, coffee shops, and museums galore. The coolest in my opinion is The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Not only is the stuff in it cool, but the building itself is an architectural beauty.

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Hermann Park, Houston, Texas...

Hermann Park is an expansive 445 acre park located near Houston's museum district. In essence it is the equivalent to New York City's Central Park. The park includes art installations, a japanese garden, peddle boats, a train, natural history museum, golf course, zoo, and the list goes on. My favorite part was stumbling upon Patrick Dougherty’s stickwork art installation Boogie Woogie. It has an otherworldly eerie feel located in the park, especially when no other park goers can be found. The park is expansive and you could easily spend several days enjoying all the activities available.

Japanese Garden, Houston, Texas...

My love for plants and all things beautiful took me to the Japanese Garden hidden away in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas.  It's a peaceful quiet place that is visually stunning. Waterfalls, flowers, koi fish, ponds, bridges, it has it all. It's a great place to get lost for a few hours amid the city bustle of Houston.

The Spindletop, Houston, Texas...

A quick weekend visit in Houston took me to the Spindletop restaurant, which is exactly what it sounds like, a slowly revolving restaurant overlooking downtown Houston. One entire rotation takes roughly around 30 minutes, which is also how long it can take to find the restroom and return to your seat, since nothing is in the same place as when you left.  It was a very delicious three course meal served all while rotating slowly and romantically (or not so romantically since I was dining with my Mother) overlooking the city of Houston. Not only was the dining experience unique, the Spindletop spotted from around the city is pretty cool looking too.

A visit to the Gulf in Galveston, Texas...

I've been to both east and west coasts numerous times and now finally got to experience the Texas gulf coast. I visited the gulf towns of Galveston & Kemah, where there happens to be some pretty landscape, waves, and a dedicated beach scene. Not really my beach scene, but one nonetheless. Imagine cowboys + the beach. Weird. I was surprised to find many surfers out in none to favorable conditions, but I guess you have to take what you can get. Any day at the beach is better than not, right?

Back Country Excursions...

A mountain biking weekend in Maine. What better way to spend the weekend then meeting new people, spending time outside, and doing something new. This past weekend I visited Cliff  & Tyler at Bike Back Country up in Parsonsfield, Maine. Its a bohemian bare bones, deep in the woods secluded, mountain biking retreat haven. The compound (as I like to refer to it) comes complete with clean organic meals, 30 miles of guided mountain biking trails, nearby lake swimming & canoeing, and the opportunity to hang and make new friends. I've never been mountain biking before, but had a blast and managed to escape with only a few scratches.

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Letchworth State Park...

Summer is definitely busy! This month is jammed packed with traveling all over (Maine, Houston, Chicago, and Vancouver), but I couldn't be more happy to spend a few days in western upstate New York, especially in the southern tier where I am originally from and have so many fond memories of. A trip to the area wouldn't be complete without a visit to Letchworth State Park (the grand canyon of the east, as the internet says). I was able to combine two of my favorite things, photography and hiking and spent a few hours hiking around enjoying the views and scenery before the sun went down. The park is 17 miles long and I wish I had had more time to traverse the entire length, but when you have two photographers constantly taking photos you don't cover much ground. I guess I will just have to make a return trip!

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Fire Island...

Summer is finally here and I was lucky enough to spend a recent weekend on Fire Island. The island is a weird and cool carless beach bum place filled with sand galore and enough nightlife to keep anyone hungover a day or two. I spent most of the time burning in the sun exploring the islands long and skinny shoreline by bicycle, which lead me to visit several of the towns, a sunken forest, the iconic lighthouse, and hoards of NYC beach bums.