Oh, Maine. The land of rugged coastline and tide pools and great friends. We’ve had an epic week.

We left Wells Beach on Friday and drove north to Portland. On the way we stopped for a day at Biddeford Pool, a tiny peninsula jutting out into the ocean. A sea breeze filtered through Hobbes as I worked, read, and explored tide pools while waiting for Mike to return from a long bike ride.

The weekend passed in the company of our friends (and gracious hosts) Kirk and Gwen. They filled us with intricate tasting foods made of simple ingredients, long conversations, games around the kitchen table, and incredible sunsets over the estuary behind their house. It hurt to leave, but we eventually set Hobbes north toward Acadia National Park.

We did something this week we have never done: booked a handful of nights at a campground. We could have patched together a week’s worth of camping spots but decided – for my sanity – to reserve a campsite near Bar Harbor.

Why for my sanity? Well, big news. I’ve launched a new project called Camp Academy. Camp Academy is a beginners guide to camping and hiking. From how to buy your first sleeping bag to the breakdown of a s’more, we aim to share essential skills and gear for first time adventurers.

This week has been a heads-down, frenzied week of getting Camp Academy ready to launch. A consistent campsite was crucial to having the time and space I needed to work.

Camp Academy launched today, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’d like to help me out on this new venture, here are a few ways you can support Camp Academy:

  • Like Camp Academy on Facebook and Instagram. Folks are wary when liking accounts that are just starting out, and seeing other followers makes a huge difference.
  • Share the website with friends and family who you think will be interested in our content.
  • Ask a Question! We plan to grow Camp Academy into a vibrant community of campers and hikers, and are starting to build that community with an “Ask a Question” section of the website.

So yes, this week has been more working than adventuring. But there has been adventuring too. We took hikes throughout Acadia: Ocean Path, Ship Harbor, Wonder Land, and Cadillac Mountain. We spent a day driving around the park, stopping at overlooks and visiting light houses. Our campsite was right on the water, and I’d walk along the shore at sunset grabbing pictures and getting eaten alive by mosquitos.

Mike spent many hours this week taking long bike rides around Mt Desert Island, loving the scenery and quieter roads that the weekdays bring.

With Camp Academy launched and the weekend on it’s way, we’re headed off the grid. We’re spending the next few days on a tiny island that I used to visit as a kid. I haven’t been since high school and I’m excited to bask in it’s quiet, disconnected beauty.

I hope you won’t mind my disappearance from social media for a few days. My brain is churning with new ideas, task lists, pictures to take, people to see. So as they say, when things get busy the busy take a break. I’m off to recharge, and I’ll catch you next week.

P/S: Can you believe this is the twenty-seventh edition of Wild Places?

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