Just A Maine Girl Embarking on Adventures

Portland, ME–12-28-2019

A mistaken sent text to Mel, landed me an invite to her new home – whooot!

We headed out for a bit of exploring and I snap some photos, of course!

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From there we went to PHL – I wasn’t feeling any of the areas, 1 – to many PPL!  2 – to  many ppl!!

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The sky changes so quickly sometimes, you think that you are in a different place

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Of course I had to take out the Green Arrow, and My lens ball.  I alternated between the ball and the lighthouse – so I got the colors that shifted in that short, 30 mins. 

Long over due post, right! 

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It was a dreary day, but Rhys and I were heading out – we had lunch at Grammy’s and then hit the river trail in Houlton – we had a blast.  I think his pics came out better than mine to be honest.

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The day was chilly, but once we started hiking it warmed up and we found the river trail to be a nice hike, more of a walk to be honest.

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I get to have the best days with my nephew Rhys.  While I am not home often, when I am home for more than a weekend I make an effort to do a day of photo adventure with him.  These are (mostly) taken by him – a few, maybe, by his dad, my brother, Lee. 

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Jules said “no heights” which is limiting if you are in the White Mountains, but I made due! 

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If you are ever in NH, this is a great place to go – gives you a wicked sense of what life as a super duper rich person is like.

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Then we hung out in Littleton, did the river walk and waited for the sun to set – worth it!

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We took off to NH for a few days because I wanted Jules to see where I’ve been working for the better part of a year!

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We didn’t stop much, but when we did it was gorgeous!

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I dragged her to The Flume, we had a nice walk and took some great pictures. 

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We also drove down the Kanc and then up Crawford Notch. 

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Then one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in a while happened.  Overall, a great day!

First off – thank you Nick for leading the way!  You made a dream come true last week, you rock! 

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We started out before the sun kissed the horizon.  The train of ppl grew as we moved closer to the area we were heading too.  A big old Grand Isle/Madawaska caravan! With several stops.

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The walk is relatively short, the drive is not!  Worth every moment of it though!

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It’s fascinating to walk into the clearing and see these monsters of metal.  And to think of the track laid down, and upkept for all those years. 

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Awe inspiring. 

‘nuff said.

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I blew out the background on some photos to get better detail of the trains.  And in some instances, it was hard getting the trains without someone crawling all over them!  Yet, still so much fun!

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The colors were great that day as well, and yes, I brought Arrow with  me!

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Then another short hike to another section of the ghost trains and more phenomenal pictures. 

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I snagged a few in B/W as well as graded them later in lightroom.  I sometimes think B/W brings out more detail and also gives you that “back in time” feel.

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Then the drive back home, and the day was over.  4 hours there, 4 hours back, about an hour at the trains and all these pictures and good memories to show for it!

Balloon Festival Re-Visted

Sometimes you take a set of photos and are just “not happy” with them.  This is what happened when I was in New Mexico a few years ago (4!).  I didn’t, at the time, have lightroom.  I have over 300 gigs of photos so going thru every single set is – near impossible.  This was a set that I wanted to give another shot.

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