5 States 5 Weekends: Part 2

After spending a day in beautiful Maine last week I decided to go to Rhode Island for the day today. In case you missed the last post which you can find here, I’ve challenged myself to visit 5 states in 5 weeks to make my spring a little more interesting. I was lucky in that it was a beautiful day because the weather has been terrible for most of the week.  Continue reading “5 States 5 Weekends: Part 2”

5 States 5 Weekends: Part 1

Lately I’ve been really boring so I decided to set myself a challenge to give me something to do in my spare time. After considering a number of possibilities like seeing how long it would take me to eat my own body weight in chocolate I decided that most of my ideas were ridiculous and that the challenge shouldn’t involve eating, education or exercise. I came up with the idea of going to a different state every weekend for 5 weeks. First step was Maine. Continue reading “5 States 5 Weekends: Part 1”

Calm Before the Storm

I’m on the Amtrak train back to Boston as I write this (thanks for the free WiFi guys) and figured I’d share some photos of sunrise I took in Portland, ME, this morning before I left. If for no other reason than we have 12-18 inches of snow coming tomorrow in a big storm and I need to convince myself that it’s still worth living in New England. Hope you like them!

Leave to Remaine

The other day I looked at my Facebook memories and realised that I used to be a lot less boring than I am now. I’ve done roadtrips across the entire US and explored countries on my own but lately I haven’t spent a night away from home in ages.

Determined to rectify this sad situation I decided to book a weekend on my own up in Maine at late notice. I booked round trip tickets on the Amtrak Downeaster to Portland, a 110 mile, 2.5 hour trip from home (Amtrak isn’t known for its speed). I was a little worried that it would be freezing and terrible especially as they got a foot of snow 2 days before my trip but it wasn’t too cold in the end.

There’s a number of inhabited small islands in the waters surrounding Portland and they have a daily mailboat service. For just 16 dollars I booked a 3 hour trip on the boat and got some great views of coastal Maine. It was cold as hell out on the water and I was the only one dumb enough to be up on deck but I love being by the sea. Hope you like the photos from my trip!

Iceland!

This morning my wife and I arrived in Iceland where we will be spending the week. It’s somewhere we have both always wanted to go. Today we have mostly slept and explored Reykjavik but the rest of the week we will be driving around seeing volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls! Here are the first few photos I took on my phone. 🙂

The famous Hallgrimskirkja cathedral

Sun-craft, a sculpture of a Viking skip. Probably the only sunny thing we’ll see all week!

I feel like this guy is having a bad day!