Acadia National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful wonders. It’s a popular tourist attraction located in the state of Maine – and it’s popular for good reason. It’s host to a handful of quaint towns as well as gardens, lighthouses, rocky coasts, and so much more. The hiking in this park is outstanding; the trails are swamped with picturesque viewpoints. So if you’re a photographer, either amateur or pro, you’ll be pleased with what’s on offer. If visiting, be sure to give yourself at least a few days to cover most of Mt. Desert Island. There’s a lot to see. Lodging is available at a nice selection of campgrounds and inns. In this post, you’ll see photos and read commentary pertaining to three distinct attractions; the white bridge in Somesville, the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, and the Ship Harbor Trail. Enjoy.
This is, by far, my most popular category for those who love to travel and find really cool places to visit. Laura and I have lived in the northeast United States for our entire lives, with the exception of a six month stint in Florida. Throughout our lives, we've visited so many incredible locales. From New York City, to the coast of Connecticut to the mountains of New Hampshire, the posts contained in this travel and destinations category will hopefully inspire you to spend time in a few different places that we've gone. I've tried my best to capture beautiful and very realistic photographs to help persuade you to get out and enjoy these wonderful locations.
The White Mountains area of New Hampshire is a special place indeed. The entire range is like a playground; it’s host to so many things to do. If you’re a hiker, there’s certainly no shortage or trails, rivers, and waterfalls. If you like shopping, small towns such as North Conway and Littleton await your visit. If you enjoy simply driving around to take in the scenery, boy will you be in for a surprise. Back in 2018, Laura and I made our first real trek to northern New Hampshire for a special and memorable experience. Since then, we’ve gone back once and plan to do so every year from now on. For us, autumn visits are the best, but I wouldn’t mind making one or two during the winter to enjoy the Christmas season. Please browse through this post to read some of my commentary on our trips as well as view the many photos I’ve taken along the way.
Carrabassett Valley is a wonderful town located in Franklin County, Maine. It’s about 77 square miles in size and is home to approximately 710 people. Of course, the number of residents shrinks and grows substantially through the seasons as folks from all over either leave for the winter to escape the cold or arrive for the summer to escape the heat. Sugarloaf Mountain is located within the Carrabassett Valley area, so there is some transient residency during the colder months for winter activities. In the following post, you’ll find all sorts of topics, from winter hiking to summer walking. From photographing nature to riding ATVs. Please click through to view the many (many) photos I’ve taken and to read my entertaining and informative commentary. Enjoy.
The Bangor City Forest is pretty huge. It covers more than 680 acres and offers over nine miles of trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding. While you can’t ride horseback on all nine miles, there’s plenty of room to do so. When Laura and I visited this trail system, we were primarily interested in the bog section. Within the system is a boardwalk that’s just about three-quarters of a mile long. It traverses the bog. The bog itself covers just about 616 acres (not all of the bog is in the forest) and is over 10,000 years old. If you’ve never seen a bog close up, I recommend doing so. It’s quite the experience. Click through to view some photos I’ve taken of our visits to this area.
Deer Farm Camps is a very nice campground located just outside the village of Kingfield, Maine. If you drive north from Kingfield for about 1.25 miles, you’d make a left onto Tufts Pond Road. From there, you’d continue west and then north for about 2.3 miles until you see the campground on the right. The nice thing about this area isn’t only the campground; it’s also Tufts Pond itself which is directly across the street. Please take a look through this post to see photos of the pond and the surrounding areas. After you do so, you may just want to visit for yourself.
Freeport, Maine is a tourist town that offers lots to do. First and foremost, the flagship L.L. Bean store is located right at its center. From it, there are many small shops and restaurants that’ll keep you busy for hours. These range from gift shops to candy stores to boutiques that sell incense and other hippy paraphernalia. Also, if you’ve never seen a McDonalds that’s housed in a historic colonial home, you’ll need to stop by. Just a short drive north on Route 1 is another town called Brunswick. Larger than Freeport, Brunswick offers a much more busy “Maine Street” as well as many more shops and restaurants. In our visit to both of these towns, we explored many of the finer points both had to offer. From Cameron’s Lobster House to Bull Moose to Mexicali Blues. What a great time we had.
Before we moved to Maine, I didn’t even know Bangor existed. Perhaps I heard of it in passing here or there, but I admit I never gave it much thought. After we moved here and visited the area though, we learned there’s actually quite a bit going on in the area. I must say, Bangor is a pretty fun place. And if you’re a lover of listening to and making music, you’ll have more fun than the average person. During one of our trips to Bangor, Laura and I stopped to explore a few different locales; Bull Moose, Northern Kingdom Music, and the downtown center. Each was excellent. Click through the see some marvelous photos I took along the way. I’ll keep this post updated with the latest goings-on if we ever return to Bangor, so this post really will be a one stop shop, for the lack of a better phrase.
On the right day, there’s a buzz in the air of Farmington, Maine. With a population of a bit over 7,500 people, there’s got to be. Personally, I prefer the winter months to explore the streets and stores, but that’s just because I enjoy seeing the snow piled up on the corners and sidewalks. It makes me think I’m on a movie set. The town itself can be picturesque in places. A small college called the University of Maine at Farmington is located right at its heart. It’s a nice (smaller) school with a handful of interesting students. They mostly behave and keep to themselves, which is nice. They add a lot to the area, much like the students of any college would. Click through to check out the many photos I’ve taken of the town and surrounding areas. I offer some opinions and commentary as well.
Sugarloaf is a major ski mountain located in western Maine. More specifically, it lives in Carrabassett Valley, which is in Franklin County. It’s about 4,250 feet high and offers just about anything you might want when it comes to both summer and winter sports. From what I’ve seen, everything is very well taken care of and maintained. The surrounding area is great too, with many bike trails, hiking trails, ATV and snowmobile trails, restaurants, bowling alleys, and so much more. It’s basically an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. In this post, I discuss our visits to the mountain and I show off my many photos as well. It hasn’t been difficult to take nice pictures – the nature does all the work for me. I’ll be updating this post as time goes on and as we visit the mountain more.
If you’re looking for the most quintessential coastal town in New England, look no further. Camden is it. There’s money in Camden. There’s also class. And fun. And things to do. But mostly, Camden is elegant and refined. Besides hosting historic, up-scale, well built, and well maintained buildings, the area also offers the harbor where many older and newer boats and ships live. They’re interesting to explore. Many wonderful inns and restaurants also call Camden home. When visiting, be sure to choose the right time of year. If you visit during the peak season, you’ll surely battle the crowds. Laura and I like to stop in during the late fall. Things have usually simmered down by then. In the following post, you’ll find many a photo of our adventures thus far. Take a look at them and read my commentary on our visits. I think you’ll agree with the sentiment that Camden truly is the “jewel of the Maine coast.”