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Pemaquid Point

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tidepool, Atlantic Ocean

The whole reason Jeff and I took the roadtrip to Maine was because a friend asked him to shoot their wedding. We had been talking about going up to Maine for a while but this was exactly the push we needed to finally get on the road. Saturday while he was busy doing wedding stuff I had the day to myself. Our hotel was in Waterville, about an hour and a half from the coast but I figured if I was already *this* close to the ocean there was no way I could not spend the day there.

I spent a great deal of time before the trip researching tide pools. My one and only experience with them on the west coast last summer left me anxious for more. I found a blog based around tide pool exploration in Maine and they listed one of their favorite spots as Pemaquid Point. So, when Jeff left the hotel to go shoot the bride getting ready I set off toward the ocean.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I arrived around an hour and a half before low tide, and basically had the place to myself. The weather was cool, and damp, a huge relief from the summer heat in Ohio. I wandered around the water by myself for a while until a stranger called out "Finding anything good?" "Nope! I'm not having any luck. This is only my second time at a tide pool." I responded. He walked over and pointed out a few things including a cute little crab that I didn't even end up photographing.

Despite the fact I found no other live creatures, it was still absolutely worth the drive from the hotel. I ooo-ed and ahhhh-ed at plant life, and exercised all my self control to not bring home every single shell and claw I found.

The ocean is pure magic. Don't get me wrong, I love Lake Erie but the ocean is Until we meet again, Pemaquid Point!

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what I wore : covered in cactus

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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sunglasses - TJ Maxx
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shoes - Black Sandals via Modcloth

As if I wasn't going to eventually own this dress! It's covered in cactus, and y'all know I feel about cactus. Not to mention the fact the name of the dress, The Blogger the Better, is almost like they're subtly poking fun at the fact that errrry blogger out there is going be posting photos of themselves in it. I've got no shame in my cactus game though! Seriously, look at my plants. They're cute cutest.

Can't say I wasn't hesitant because of the mixed reviews and the fact that it was backless. I hate strapless bras, and my girls are too big for me to go without. Just glancing at the product photos I didn't realize that it had a built in bra. It's surprisingly structured! There was even a photo from this set where I was like "daaaang girl, looking fiiiiiine!" I didn't include it though because it was an obviously gratuitous boob photo. Haha! The second I put it on I knew it was a keeper. This dress is amaaaazing. It's a little late in the season but I found the perfect summer dress.

Hope you're having a lovely day!

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Acadia National Park

Monday, August 22, 2016

Park Loop Road

After Old Bennington Cemetery Jeff and I continued on our route to Maine. The second big stop of the trip was going to be Acadia National Park. While researching I had read a post somewhere written by a park ranger that if you only had one day in the park you should do Park Loop Road so that was our plan. We have a pretty bad habit of not giving ourselves enough time in National Parks and this time was no exception. But hey, visiting for only a few hours is better than never visiting at all, right?

One half of the loop is one way traffic and the other half is two way. We ended up taking the two way traffic route, getting to the bottom, and realizing that the one way traffic half of the loop was in the opposite direction of what we were heading. We were already tired from being in the car all day, not to mention the fact that traffic was pretty bad on the way into the park. No phone service coupled with poor signage meant it took a very long time for us to find our way back into the loop at the top. I wasn't even sure if we'd end up trying to do it again just because we had wasted so much time. Eventually we made it in, the correct way, and the beautiful scenery was so worth it.

Our first stop in the park was Thunder Hole, a natural inlet where waves crash in with a thunderous boom. We didn't actually get to see Thunder Hole because holy tourist city!! but the surrounding area was everything I dreamed Arcadia would be. It was beautiful! Just like the Grand Canyon*, I was kind of surprised how you were just allowed to go wherever you wanted. Some parks are so strict, do not leave the path, but following the lead of just about everyone around us we climbed around on the rocks for a while.

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After finally making our way around the loop successfully we kiiiind of got trapped inside and made a second full loop. D'oh! Jeff was beyond tired, and we were both ready to just check into our hotel (an hour and a half away!) and sleep but what are ya gonna do?

On our accidental second trip around we stopped at Sand Beach which was just stupid beautiful. I was squatting down to get some shots of the waves when one completely soaked by butt. The water was pretty cold but I couldn't resist getting the rest of myself wet. The waves were crashing in so I stood in water, about knee deep, and let them hit me. It was perfect. I could have done it hours.

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So, Acadia NP could probably label their routes better. I'm sure we're not the first people to make that mistake, but Park Loop Road is a great way to experience the park when you're short on time.

*Obviously this is a lot less risky than climbing around at the Grand Canyon but I'm pretty sure it'd still be super easy to get hurt here climbing around. 

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