I suggested to John that since we were in Maine, we should drive to the coast and eat lobster. Because that’s what you do in Maine. He agreed, so I suggested Bar Harbor. I knew nothing about Bar Harbor, but the name was in my mind as a famous tourist destination on the coast of Read More →

After completing the 100 Mile Wilderness hike, we needed some rest and to resupply. The nearest grocery store was an IGA a couple towns over. On the way we first stopped by the Abbot Village Bakery to pick up some bread. If you are around the area, go to this bakery. But not if you are Read More →

Leading up to arriving in Maine, I had feared that our timing was off and we would not be able to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness because it was too late in the season. Actually, we could not have picked a better time to hike it. We had amazing weather for a majority of the Read More →

Driving to our starting point for the 100 Mile Wilderness hike from Franconia Notch took about four hours. To break it up, we stopped overnight in a parking lot for a park in Rumford Falls, ME (we did not notice the 7:00 am – 9:00 pm parking lot hours until the next morning). A sign Read More →

In the final months of my graduate program, I started thinking about taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to mark the accomplishment of earning a PhD. I dreamed of hiking on glaciers, and researched taking a trip to Alaska – I found week-long guided adventures hiking on glaciers and sea kayaking around them, which sounded perfect. But Read More →

Our last night to relax before packing for the big hike, we stayed at a privately owned campground for the first time. Balsam Woods Campground is owned an operated by a young couple who left their day jobs to purchase a campground – a story we find very inspiring! We stayed on a Sunday night during Read More →