12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

Portland Head Light, Maine

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. -Oprah Winfrey

 

When our first son was about a year old, my husband and I, with little more than two dimes to rub together, set off on a road trip to Maine. Having a baby along didn’t deter us. We set up his portable crib in our tent in Acadia National Park, rose when he did (when it became light at 4 am) and enjoyed hiking and exploring the rocky coast with him in tow. But our sights were on the water. While in Maine that time, we dreamed that someday we might get to take a guided sea kayaking tour.

 

Sea Kayaking in Casco Bay, Maine -- my family and me
Sea Kayaking in Casco Bay, Maine — my family and me this past week

 

It’s been almost 15 years since that first trip to gorgeous Maine. So a few weeks ago, when our boys expressed true interest in the Outdoor Adventure Schools through L.L.Bean (they even pulled up all of the programs, and found a hotel room for 5), we knew it was the right year to do it. As my husband jokes, it was the ultimate Man-cation. To tell the truth, though: I had a complete blast.

 

12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation:

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing bits of the adventure here, from our beginnings at Niagara Falls to Maine to Boston to New York City. Until then, a few of my favorite photos (these, iPhone photos–better ones to come later) …

Learning to Fly-Cast, Fly Fishing like in A River Runs Through It
Learning to Fly-Cast, Fly Fishing like in A River Runs Through It
Niagara Falls
Part of our Road Trip: Visiting Niagara Falls (the sunset was amazing that night!)
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

 

Maine docks
Maine docks
Me, at Portland Head Light
That’s me, out along the rocks at Portland Head Light, taking a photograph of … (next photo)
Portland Head Light, Maine
Portland Head Light, Maine
Learning to Paddleboard
Learning to Paddleboard in Maine on the Royal River
the Statue of Liberty before the NYC 4th of July Fireworks
the Statue of Liberty before the NYC 4th of July Fireworks
Sun setting behind Trinity Church from Wall Street, NYC
Sun setting behind Trinity Church from Wall Street, NYC
Sunrise in NYC: I'd always dreamed of bringing my family to show them NYC
Sunrise in NYC: I’d always dreamed of bringing my family to show them NYC
Boston's Brookline Booksmith bookstore
Boston’s Brookline Booksmith bookstore: We visited many friends in Boston & stopped in this store to pick up gifts…
All the Light We Cannot See (my favorite book)
All the Light We Cannot See (my favorite book)
Map of Ohio
Sometimes the best adventures begin simply: by stepping beyond our normal places

I’m still working through revisions on my novel (#1 priority work-wise), but the adventure will continue through photos in coming weeks. Thanks for joining me and sharing in the journey!

For you: What is your favorite road-trip vacation?

 

 

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

6 thoughts on “12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

  1. I love seeing these — places I’d love to go and places I live nearby to. Great photos and can’t wait to hear more about the road trip. There’s so much to love about road trips… the thrill of never knowing what’s next and the talking that takes place in the car, the sharing of what you see and where you want to go. Love this!

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    1. Thank you, Julia! You certainly know what one of the top highlights was on my trip. Road trips open up all sorts of possibilities and flexibility. My favorite kind of trip of all.

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  2. What a great trip – I was on the road with my kids for 32 days and we traveled to Portland and Bar Harbor – I have some of the same pictures. I wonder if we were there at the same time? I’m hoping to post my 3rd “road update” tomorrow. I LOVE road trips. This year we did 14 states and I am exhausted:) But Acadia National Park was one of my favorite stops. We saw Niagara falls a coupe summers ago, too.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful adventure for you and your family, too, Allie! Acadia is simply breathtaking, and though it’s far, it’s a perfect road trip destination. Thank you for stopping by and sharing — looking forward to reading about your adventures, too. Thanks!

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