MAINE

 JULY 2018

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

For 26 years...I have been going to Maine every summer.

For 65 years...my dad has been going to Maine every summer.

For over 150 years...my extended family has been meeting in one house, in one place, in Maine. Every year.

It's a pretty cool tradition.

Now that I am older, I have started adventuring further and further away from that coastal house...exploring private islands, solo kayaking trips off the coast, hiking trips and blueberry picking sprees. It's been a blast.

The more I explore and adventure into the heart of Maine, the more I fall in love.

The lighthouse pictured in my photographs has been the focal point of many sunrise expeditions, many sunset salutations, and many in-between trips solo and with family. (I remember running around as a toddler on the same rocks pictured above. Falling, scraping my knee, tasting the salty air in my mouth. NOTHING has changed). There are not a lot of places like this.

My favorite visit was this year. I woke up for sunrise and was the only soul around. The lighthouse is usually bustling with tourists...but this time I had the moment to myself. It was a warm, foggy light. Soothing. Relaxing. Calming. I sat on the rocks with my camera in hand, listening to the gulls cry, hearing the motors of the off-shore lobstering boats as they start their daily commute to thousands of buoys, tasting the salty air in my mouth, and watching the waves crash harshly against the rocks.

It is a memory I will treasure my entire life, and I selfishly appreciated having it all to myself.

Here's to Maine, and the lupins growing, the whoopie pies found in road-side shops. Here's to lobster fests, the cove club, the everyday swimming club. Here is to countless mini golf tournaments, dock days, kayaking trips, blueberry picking. Here is to nightly Wizard games, hundreds of gin and tonics drunk on the porch, and all the time and memories and traditions I share with my family.

And here is to many more years of bliss in this magnificent place.

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer

PHOTO BY: KELLi spencer