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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Cape Elizabeth, Maine

On one of our last days in New England Sarah and I, as well as her parents, ventured northward to Maine for a family member’s wedding. We would wind up in Portland, which is an absolutely beautiful place that I hope to visit again. Keeping in theme with just about every ounce of New England, Portland, and Maine in general are chalk full of history. While our time was rather limited, and we hardly even scratched the surface of things to do, the one stop we made was to the town of Cape Elizabeth. Cape Elizabeth is named after King Charles I sister Elizabeth, and has a population under 10,000, though feels even smaller.

Once in town, we set off for Fort Williams Park which is home to some very cool World War I and World War II structures, as well as Maine’s oldest light house, Portland Head Light. Under the direction of President McKinley, Fort Williams was created as a sub-post of Fort Preble. The primary purpose of establishing Fort Williams was for the sake of protecting the shoreline, and acting as harbor defense for Portland. While I find just about every aspect of American history fascinating, I have always been a sucker for anything World War I & II related and had an absolute blast exploring the park.

One of the remaining structures of Fort Williams.

Another view of the building.

The backside of one of the batteries.

Looking outside through one of the small windows inside of a room within the battery.

The view once on top of the structure.

Exploring the area around the park.

A view from the “beach” portion of the park. You can somewhat see the battery in the top left section of the picture.

The lovely coastal view from the ground of the lighthouse.

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Exploring Fenway Park

Boston is, with out a doubt, one of my favorite places to visit in New England. Sure, the traffic is horrible, and the drivers even worse, but even those two items are not enough to cause me to want to stay away. Boston is so rich in American history that you cannot help but be mesmerized by all it has to offer, as well as stop to ponder about the events that transpired in and around the area. Boston played a critical role during the American Revolution, and that alone makes it a worthy place to visit, even if for just a few hours.

While Sarah and I were able to take a brief stroll through Quincy Market, as well as visit the burial site of Sam Adams, our trip this time was focused on a different portion of Boston’s significant history. This time our primary destination was America’s oldest Major League ballpark, Fenway Park. Fenway is home to the Boston Red Sox and was built in 1912, and it just oozes awesomeness. Our tour lasted about an hour, give or take a few minutes, and was hands down one of the best tours that I have ever been on. Our guide was entertaining, very informative, but most importantly, he was passionate about his job. History can be rather dull to some, as can baseball, but the amount of excitement in our guides voice would have put even the most anti-history and anti-baseball person into a great mood.

Standing outside of Gate D of Fenway.

We actually arrived a little early for the tour, which certainly was not a bad thing, and spent our wait exploring the pro shop, as well as picking up a few souvenirs. (I really needed a new hat, as my last one I really wore out.)

Walking into the park, even though it was empty, was a rather surreal feeling. It was truly an awesome site to take in and I cannot wait to go back for a game.

I will admit that I did get a little caught up in experience, and did not take a lot of pictures. The ones that I did take are rather random, as all of my pictures normally tend to be.

Looking up from behind home plate.

Looking up at the Media Box

The weather was absolutely perfect, and made the tour that much more amazing.

The view atop “The Green Monstah”!

Perhaps my favorite viewing area, and where I would love to sit during a game, was the Green Monster. Sarah was not too thrilled with the elevation, but I absolutely loved it. The story behind the Monster is pretty fascinating as well. Seats were not added until 2002-2003 if I remember correctly, with additional seating being added in 2005.

Higher panoramic view of Fenway.

Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 marks the spot of the longest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, which was hit by Ted Williams.

The tour was absolutely amazing, and I really must thank Sarah’s parents for taking us, as well as braving the traffic and crazy drivers. It is certainly an experience that I will never forget, and hope to be able to take part in at least a few more times.

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New England Adventure – Part 1.5

This post is well past the due date that I had established, though my hands have been tied thanks to a rather intense course load, as well as normal day-to-day commitments. I do hope to catch up during the winter break, but I also want to get out and explore the cool weather that has finally arrived. Because of that, as well as other items on my schedule, I cannot really guarantee updates will be frequent. When I do post new content I will attempt to make it as visually appealing as possible. With that being said, here are a handful of images that were taken the same day as those in the first post, though these particular photos were taken in the evening.

I did not take a lot of pictures that evening, as I instead opted to fish and relax. I caught only four fish, but probably managed to reduce the amount of stress that I had been harboring to a minimal and manageable level.

The afternoon and evening light was great and it was nice to not have to leave the backyard to find a great amount of color.

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New England Adventure – Part 1

I love Texas, do not get me wrong, but there is just something about New England during the fall months that makes it difficult for me to leave each time that Sarah and I have the ability to visit. Our trip this time, while a little on the shorter side, took us through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, as well as Maine. The weather was much more seasonably appropriate, as was the color of the foliage, especially once compared to the unseasonably warm Texas weather and the drought induced colorless landscape that I have grown accustomed to. It felt great being able to throw on a light jacket and to just enjoy sitting outside, comfortably, and take in the clean air.

This trip, even though brief, had our schedule loaded with various day trips and random outings. I did try to document our adventure as best as I could, though to be honest, I was more concerned with relaxing and mentally checking out after the most difficult semester of school that I have ever encountered. Sarah and I did have the opportunity to explore Gillette Stadium, which is an absolutely amazing venue. At some point, we both would love to go back for a Patriots game. (I did not have my camera out at this point, as we stopped by after we left the airport. I may upload some of the images I took with my iPhone at a later point in time though.)

Our first day was very low-key, and we honestly just relaxed and spent time catching up with family. The real adventures started the next day, and that is where I will begin this particular blog series. The weather, although a little on the cool side, was absolutely beautiful and Sarah’s parents suggested a tour of the pond. So, we bundled up under some blankets and went exploring.

The lighting was perfect, the water was calm, and the color was simply amazing.

I do not believe that it would be at all possible for me to become sick of fall in New England.

Even though Sarah’s parents are originally from New England, they are pure Texan at heart.

If I could start off every morning with cool weather and amazing scenery, I do not think I would ever had a bad day.

Thank you for visiting my blog, as well as taking the time to view the images. I will have another post up later this week.

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