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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


One of the things that I always try and do with Emily every single day is something fun, an adventure, almost always outdoors. Not only is it fun for her, but it inspires me to be both active and creative. Some days our adventures are a walk to the river, park, or maybe a hike up a nearby mountain. Other days its a trip to hunting camp or four wheeling on our land. Then there are days like today where we just abandon state and head somewhere crazy, like today, where we ended up on the coast of New Hampshire. 

We ended up at a state park called Odiorne State Park, which is basically a long stretch of rocky coast near the state line between New Hampshire and Maine. There was a playground, nature trails, and even a science center right there (although we didn't visit the science center, because we decided against the entry fee).  The park was free, not even remotely crowded, and so much fun. 

We walked all over.

We climbed rocks. 

We collected shells and counted snails

We played on the playground 

And we sat and took in the awesome landscape as the mild ocean breeze swept over us. 

Yeah, it was awesome. 

I am beginning to see the effects of such adventures molding Emily. She is loving the outdoors, continually adventurous, and very inquisitive, explorative of her surroundings. Everyday when I dream up what we will do next she yells with excitement.  Her reaction just inspires me to think of more fun adventures. 

And the best part is that I spend little to no money on these days out. Besides gas the trip to Odiorne State Park was entirely free.  To make the drive worth it I tied it together with some early Christmas shopping (no crowds and there are seasonal sales and clearances happening right now to make room for new Christmastime inventory!).  So, the day was a huge win. As for tomorrow, besides an "adventure" to the grocery store I will have to dream up something fun to do next! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Fun fact, in the last three weeks I have driven almost 3,000 miles. That's a heck of a lot of driving, but its been for a perfectly good reason. 


Beautiful, beautiful foliage 

Now I have a thousand photos to go through, and that's probably not an exaggeration. This weekend Shawn will be off guiding someone in the woods on a moose hunt, so I am hoping I will have some free time to dedicate to my camera. Although, that is not entirely likely, because Emily will be my partner in crime the entire time. Anytime the two of us are paired together we do not spend much time sitting still. We walk miles around town, play in the river, go to the park, and take long afternoon naps together. As much as I love my photos I love my quality Emily time, too.  So, sorting through all those miles of driving and photographing will just have to be patient. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Up to Camp

We don't really take vacations during the year, except for when the leaves start to change colors and fall off the trees.  That's when you'll see that we are never home, never sitting still. We are basically up to camp the entire time 

No power. Unless you run the generator. 

No water. Unless you haul it up yourself. 

No worries. Unless you run out of gas or water. 

It's basically the most relaxing place in the world - as I sit here typing this on my iPhone sitting next to the wood stove in a comfy chair that has some color scheme from the late 70s.  I could sit here for hours. In fact, I just might.  After a week of frantically traveling the kingdom in search of beautiful foliage scenes I am plum exhausted, so sitting right here and letting the wood heat soak into my bones sounds amazing.