In 2016, I backpacked 3000 miles through five states and out of all those states, Maine was my favorite. Why? Because Maine is one of the few places that I’ve been in my travels where you can actually get lost in the woods. This is a quality that I look for in a world where untouched places are so hard to find. So get ready for an adventure in the pine tree state, starting with: 10. Portland Head Lighthouse When I flew into Maine with my buddy Harley, we landed in Portland. Since I had already prepared for Maine by thoroughly researching it, I knewRead More →

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Mount Katahdin

State: Maine Date: 05/05/16 We woke up when the sunlight hit us in the car. I didn’t sleep well (during the night it got down to 34 degrees and the weather app said it felt like 25). I agree with the weather app despite being in a car with three layers on. Harley was smart and grabbed his sleeping bag and slept great. Sunrise was at 5:15am, which was a lot earlier than either of us were¬†used to. Yet we got up and walked into the Camden state park from the parking lot we slept in. We headed up the road and found a trailRead More →

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State: Maine Date: 05/05/16 Last night I decided to switch it up and sleep on the ground because my back was hurting. I figured sleeping on something solid would alleviate my sore back. Before going to bed I stared at the sky. It was cloudy like it had been all day. My weather app was a no go because as most of you all know, there is a distinctive lack of service in Northern Maine. So on a whim I decided it would be smart to set up my rainfly tarp, just in case. I was glad I did because about midnight it started toRead More →

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State: Maine Date: 05/10/16 The past few days I’ve been working my way back to Houlton Maine from Mars Hill. The first day I decided to hop on the IAT (International Appalachian Trail), however, after I came down the mountain, I couldn’t find the trail head. So I headed back to town (Mars Hill) and stopped by Al’s Diner and had breakfast. It was as delicious as I had come to expect. I then started working my way back on US 1 toward Houlton, yet after a few good miles, I came across the town of Bridgewater. While I was working my way through, IRead More →

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Morgan Beach in Maine

State: Maine Date: 05/12/16 I woke up in the woods around Lincoln Maine to the sound of chickadees calling. As the sun began its ascent, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. I took my time getting up and did the usual routine: prayer for the day, a chapter in my bible, brushing my teeth, a small breakfast (handful of nuts), putting my sleeping bag into my compression sac, folding up my hammock and putting it in its bag, and finally, putting everything into my 65L Osprey Atmos AG Backpack. As I headed up the hill to get on 155 south, IRead More →

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State: Maine Date: 06/7/16 Our story begins late yesterday evening. While walking through Ogunquit, I passed an antique store. In the window, a hat caught my eye and I had this thought: Being late in the day the store was closed. However, I checked the hours and then camped in the nearest woods I found. The next day I waited outside the store, while staring at the hat that taunted me through the window. “I would look good on you. People will compliment you if you wear me,” it said to me. As I stared, the shop keep startled me “Beautiful Day, eh?” “Gorgeous,” IRead More →

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State: Maine Date: June 3rd, 2016 On my journey through all 50 states, part of my mission is to prove if you are willing to work, you can get a job anywhere. Getting jobs along the way helps fund my trip, allows me to learn new things, and is great for the book. However, getting this job was something special. I started out the day knowing I needed to get a job because I was low on funds, but I wasn’t worried because I know what it takes to get a job: initiative and hard work. So I made a sign for the initiative section,Read More →

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State: Maine Date: May 15th, 2016 I woke up in the Essex woods in Bangor Maine. I took my time breaking camp because I honestly didn’t know what my next move was going to be. I had over a week till I was supposed to meet my friend Christine, but I didn’t think heading to Acadia would be the best place to meet since I knew I had no service out there from my¬†previous trip with Harley. Therefore, I decided to work my way to Belfast. A town closer to Christine and likely cell service. However, I was craving some warm food and WiFi. ButRead More →

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Gulf Hagas

State: Maine Date: May 31st, 2016 I waited on the steps of my cabin. Every car that passed by made me perk up like a dog waiting for his master to get home from work. I was excited to get back on the road and to see a friend I hadn’t seen in years. The past few days I was going a bit stir crazy on the homestead. Sameness is not something my trip across America is about. Finally, a car pulled in and a tall brunette got out. I grabbed my backpack and walked up. “Are ya ready for an adventure lass?” I saidRead More →

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State: Maine I woke up sore and tired. Reason being was I stayed up late because I had WiFi and wanted to work on some updates. Anyways, after taking some aspirin and folding up my rainfly, I headed out determined to make it to Mars Hill. Now I only had 25 miles to go and my average in Florida was typically 15-20 miles in a day, with my record being 30 miles. However, the terrain in Maine is a lot different (i.e. more hilly). So my average was cut to 10-15 miles per day. Therefore, I knew in order to make it, I’d be walkingRead More →

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