New England Adventure – Random Images

Even though the trip that Sarah and I took to New England last year was rather short, we still managed to venture out a bit. (A lot more than I initially realized.) I managed to bring my camera to just about every destination that we visited, though never managed to capture enough images for each adventure to call for its own blog post. After sorting through some images in Lightroom last night, I decided to combine the images, no matter how random, into one post. The images below were taken over the course of our trip, and were often on the way to a destination that I made a full post about.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo
The evening after we arrived in New England, we set off to visit the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence Rhode Island. I do not know if Sarah had researched the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, or if it was suggested to us by a family member, but I do know that it was a very neat experience. It was crowded, which made me a little uneasy at first, though after seeing the creativity involved with this project I quickly calmed down. (For the year 2015, over 140,900 people visited the zoo to see all the Jack-O-Lanterns.)

Every inch of the park is full of pumpkins, and according to the Zoo’s website, there are 5,000 pumpkins on display. It was awesome, to say the least, and I would recommend checking it out if you ever find yourself in Rhode Island in the month of October. (I included a link up above.) The event is family friendly, so even those with little kiddos should have a great time.

Smuttynose Brewing Company
If you happen to follow me on Instagram (@10fore), then it should be rather obvious that Sarah and I enjoy craft beer. (I probably have more pictures of pint classes on my feed than I do of my car.) Anyway, when we take a trip, whether it be local, or to New England, we like to find a brewery to visit. Our first brewery stop this trip was to Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, New Hampshire. Their beer, at least some of it, is available in Texas, so Sarah and I were somewhat familiar with their brand. While we certainly enjoy the beer that actually makes it to San Antonio, the selection at the source is absolutely amazing.

The tour, although a little on the short side, was a blast and probably one of the better tours that I have been on. It was very informative, as well as highly entertaining. Some tours feel rather scripted, the guides appearing as if they have no interest in beer, but this was the polar opposite. It was welcoming and very engaging. Although the tour itself was great, the best part was without a doubt the sampling, and later lunch at the Hayseed. (The Hayseed is their on site restaurant.)

Portland, Maine
Considering we spent very little time in Maine, we managed to have a lot of fun. We made sure to grab a lobster roll, check out some of the shops, and even had time to stop into Liquid Riot, which is another micro-brewery. (They have a great beer selection, and it tastes amazing too.)

There was a lobster roll in front of me at one point, but it was so good, that it was gone before I even had time to pick up my camera.

That’s all, folks!

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