Hi, I’m Emily.

I’m pushing eleven years in my relationship with Maine. I like to think that makes me officially a Mainah, but that depends on who you ask. I’ve been lucky to go on some great adventures in my life, and fortunate to have Maine as my playground for the past several years.

I’ve encountered very different mindsets when it comes to travel – those who do it, those who don’t, and those who want to but just don’t know how to make it happen. Anyone can travel. This blog is mostly my ramblings and a place to store memories, but if you happen to be reading this, I hope you take away that one bit of info. You can do it too.

“Yes, I am overdoing it. My ideas are extravagant. That’s how I am. But, unlike other people, I try to make my extravagant ideas come true. Believe me, there’s nothing more beautiful in the world than a grand dream that’s been turned into reality. I wish my life was just one single extravagant dream.”

Milan Kundera, The Farewell Waltz

This isn’t a quit your life and hit the road travel blog.

I admire the people who travel long term, but when you get down to it I’m kind of a homebody. I spend summers in my garden, I get psyched about home improvement projects, and high on my list of favorite activities is snuggling up with my dog and a book on the couch.

I’ve been lucky to work jobs over the years where I’ve had a flexible enough schedule to take time to travel. I make the most of long weekends and vacation days, and prep for time off from work by making up for it before or after a trip.

I don’t have a surplus of disposable income, and I don’t have loads of free time. But hey, those aren’t excuses to not get out and see the world. Yes, time and money make traveling easier, but I’m not talking weeks long excursions here. I’m all about weekend trips. Trips where your cost is a tank of gas and some half decent camping equipment. Trips where maybe you cut out of work early on a Friday in summer and you don’t stop exploring until Sunday night. Trips that let you make the most of your own backyard. And when you can, hop on a plane and explore somewhere new.

Take trips but, more importantly, take time to do the things you love. Life should be full of adventure, and these are mine – big and small.

2021 travel goals

More time in Maine

Let’s be real – this is going to be another year to stick close to home. We spent 2020 exploring some of our favorite spots, and hiking and camping around other areas of Maine that we hadn’t yet made it to. There’s so much to do here, I’m already dreaming of packing the tent up for summer weekends.

Winter in Vermont

On the list of 2020 activities that got canceled was a weekend-before-Christmas winter getaway to Woodstock, VT.

Nova Scotia

This is my lofty “if they let us cross the border” wish for the year. I’ve been saving spots and building out a map for a future road trip – maybe this year??

More frequent hiking

We spent most of our weekends last fall hiking, and I can’t wait to get back on the trails and explore some new spots when the weather warms up. If we can get our hands on some spikes, we might not have to wait too long.