We left the island the night of the 3rd. It was very foggy and the ferry was rocky, but that’s when the ocean is my favorite. We sat up top and Zak napped, preparing for the drive, while Odin and I ran amuck playing peek-a-boo and pushing toy trains back and forth. Every so often we’d see a buoy (Odin calls them “boo-tee”), and we’d run over and watch as it passed learning the colors of each- blue, green, red, green, green, red. I’d never seen Odin so content on the ferry before, I guess we had timed it just right. We arrived in Hyannis and started out towards Portland, Maine after a quick dinner. Odin quickly fell asleep for the three hour drive and when we arrived to Zak’s cousin Allan’s house, he was ready to party. All the housemates were up and a few friends were over- Odin loved it and stayed up until almost 2 am dancing and playing with his new pals.
The next morning, everyone made waffles (we need a waffle-maker), cinnamon apple and cherry were our favorites. We set out towards Camden, where I was to photograph my second wedding ever. Camden is such a quaint little town, much like Nantucket. I love finding places like this off island, because the “real world” is still close by should you need a break from the tourists. On island- there’s no escape really. Having worked retail here, I’m allowed to say that! We were able to reserve a spot on the water and the property the Inn was on was magical. There were fields of wildflowers and at night when the fields had gone dark, seas of fireflies would sparkle in those fields much like the moon on the ocean beyond the firefly sea.
We arrived with just enough time to settle in and jump in the tub, before excitedly running off to go meet an Instagram friend, Julie. Her blog is fantastic and I’ve been a fan for a little over a year now. I was super excited about this meeting as Julie lives on the loveliest little homestead on a nice plot of land, which is mine and Zak’s dream. Her home was nothing short of dreamy, and she and her family were the absolute sweetest. Odin is still asking to see her little boy and it’s been four days since our dinner! They made us the yummiest food and I was truly grateful to have been a part of such a lovely 4th of July. When we arrived back to the Inn, we immediately started looking at land in the area. I’d love to have a friend when we move to wherever we find home, so in my daydreamer’s mind- that’s where we’re going. Hope you’re okay with that Julie! 😉
Odin loved watching the clouds and playing with the 4 week old kittens but I’m pretty sure his favorites were the bunnies. That boy loves bunnies and carries his stuffed bun everywhere. When Craig brought in the sweetest little grey ones, I knew Odin would fall in love. I didn’t realize Zak would fall so much in love too, so now we’re on the hunt for a bunny. ha!
The wedding was so much fun, I can’t wait to post the photos after editing them. I think I may have taken too many so editing and narrowing down has been a little difficult but I am working at it (in between logo work and portraits and starting some dolls). Odin stayed at the Inn with Z while I went to photograph the groomsmen and bridesmaids and the service before coming back to the Inn to bring them to the reception with me. Zak was thrilled to have a Maine lobster dinner and Odin fell in love with the bride instantly. He kept taking her by the hand and trying to steal her away from her friends and family. Whenever she was at her table with her new husband, Odin would poke his head over the table to say hello and giggle at her. My favorite moment may have been when the new husband and wife had their first married dance- they were so sweet and everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the adorableness. I was taking photos and out of the corner of my lens Odin runs onto the dance floor, runs up to the couple, leans in and just says, “Hi!” Everyone laughed and Zak ran in and swooped him into his arms to take him off the dance floor. I’m sorry Ryan! (haha)
Leaving Maine was the hardest. Zak and I were so sad to go. Between Camden town and Julie’s homestead, we were completely smitten. We will have to make a trip back there very soon, hopefully to check out some available land! We found a little waterfall in Camden after breakfast and Odin was in awe, sitting to watch it and shout “boo-full!” and “pit-tee!!” I ran into some friends from my college in Florida (small world!) and we headed back out on the road. Odin napped most of the drive, but we did find ourselves stuck in traffic for awhile. Zak sang terrible songs and I ribbon danced in the front seat. Our traffic dance worked every time, because as soon as we finished the cars would start to move again.
This trip was so lovely. A beautiful vacation and a reminder to our goals. I want to work harder and live happier. I want to save as much as I can so that we can relax in our forever home. I want to build the house of our dreams and I want to dance in fields of Earth that are ours. I want to sell art and honey at markets and in local shops. I want to take beautiful photos for lovely people and I want it to make them smile. I want to travel more often and dance with a ribbon in the car wildly, no matter how many people are watching. This trip was a huge reminder for me- it grounded me and made me remember who I am and who I want to be, where I want to go and who I want to go there with. This trip made me fall in love with Zak a little bit more (I seem to do that daily), especially when I watched him play ukulele on the ferry under the moon as the sun set. Life is pretty good and I can only imagine it will get better.