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Pemaquid Point, Maine

I’ve been in Maine working on a project for @glpfilms to promote tourism to three distinct regions of Maine, all of which are new to me despite having been to the state many times. So far the most rewarding part of this job has been the people we have met along the way. Portraits of them, as well as stories of their life and work, will eventually be part of videos and stories online. But I wanted to start sharing photos of this trip with one of the prettiest spots we visited in the first region, @mainesmidcoast. This is the Pemaquid Point Light which, according to Wikipedia (so this may or may not be 100% accurate), was commissioned in 1827 by President John Quincy Adams. Because of poor workmanship and a salt water mortar mix, the lighthouse began to crumble and was replaced in 1835. The original light was an Argand-Lewis parabolic reflector, lit with candles and with a visibility of 2 miles (3.2 km) but in 1856, Pemaquid Point received a fourth order Fresnel Lens. Marcus A. Hanna, the only man ever awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Gold Lifesaving Medal, once served as keeper of the light. The station was automated in 1934. By popular vote of Maine residents, the lighthouse was chosen to be featured on the Maine quarter in the 50 State Quarters Program issued by the U.S. Mint. Exposed bedrock descends from the lighthouse to the ocean creating a unique, scenic landscape. These imposing natural structures have made this lighthouse with its recognizable setting one of the most photographed on the Maine coast. In addition to the image found on the state quarter, an image of Pemaquid Point lighthouse is featured as a possible background in Windows 7. Pemaquid Point Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1985. Just before I took this, we ate blueberry pancakes next door at The Seagull Shop and they were delicious! . .

Acadia National Park

PSA to announce that as I was packing for Maine and of course doing everything but packing like I should have been which may or may not have included checking my email for the millionth time and scrolling mindlessly through social media.... I somehow discovered @pattiegonia and OMG IT IS THE MOST AMAZING FEED ON INSTAGRAM RIGHT NOW. Why didn’t anyone tell me about it yet?!!!! It’s all the positivity and light and love and gratefulness and realness and sunshine and good vibes that my home feed was missing and I’m SHOOK that I lived so much of my life without Pattie in it!!!!! . Reading so many captions filled with messages of affirmation, encouragement and support right back to the community that supports Pattie’s amazing content - made me a little day drunk with the idea that I definitely spend way too much time seeing the negative side of what Instagram has become, worrying too much about how my engagement has suffered since the dreaded word ‘algorithm’ entered this space and fretting over what to post or not to post. So I’m pressing publish on this photo which I know will likely bomb because of that A word that doesn’t favor horizontal images such as this.... but screw it. This photo was taken the last time I was in Maine. It makes me happy. I was wonderfully and newly in love with Danté and feeling about as happy as a person could. . Who knows what adventures lie ahead for this visit to Maine.... . I hope your week is filled with alllllll good things and an extra dose of self love and light. 💋

Los Angeles, California

Did you know that the Hollywood sign was originally meant to stay in place for only 18 months? And that it was put in place to advertise properties! When installed, it spelled 'Hollywoodland'. That phrase remained well past its intended timeframe though and became a sort of icon of greater Los Angeles. Then in 1949 the word 'land' was removed and LA’s most iconic lettered-sign entered a period of decay before a rebirth that gave us the landmark as we know it now. One that is visible from all over the city and seems close enough to reach out and touch sometimes. . To me it’s a symbol of the storytelling that’s inherent to a large part of the culture of this city. Hollywood creates stories that we gobble up. That help us escape from life for a while, that inspire us. Sometimes that help us face things. Learn things. Stretch the boundaries of our knowing and widen our scope. Those are the stories I love best. . And right now that type of story seems more important than ever. There’s so much going on in our world that I’ve learned about through documentary films and from directors and creators who I wasn’t exposed to when I was younger. It’s just one of the many ways I try to stay informed. . What are some accounts and/or people here on Instagram that are telling stories and keeping people informed, that you enjoy following? . . .

Fish Lake

Happy Monday from beautiful @puremichigan (summer is such a special time here)! I’ve been with family for birthday and anniversary parties; and I feel profoundly grateful to have been able to be present, not having to miss a moment. There were many years when I first worked in travel that I missed out on every holiday and special occasion. . I hope wherever you are in the world right now that you too have many things to be thankful for. Let’s make every day this week count. 💚💙 . . . . ⚓️

Elysian Park, Los Angeles

I quietly let a year of living in Los Angeles pass by without remarking on it here. But as July turns to August, I suddenly feel the significance of it so much more. The pace of year two is already on par to match and exceed that of year one. . It’s true what adults often say to kids about time and how it flies and how we shouldn’t waste it wishing for someday to come sooner than it’s going to. It’s as if a year has passed by in a blink and the almost four decades I’ve been on this planet have passed by like the rush of wind that moved my hair around as a subway train pulled into its station in New York. . In honor of taking some time to be thankful and reflect, here are a few random things I enjoy about living in Los Angeles. Things that make me so grateful @dante.vincent & I made the move here in 2018: - the traffic just isn’t as bad as people think it will be and even when it is, you’re not stuck way underground in a smelly, dirty metal tube. You’re in your own car with your own tunes and company you chose. - palm trees, so many 🌴🌴🌴 - infinitely more sunshine days than there ever was in New York - our apartment’s windows don’t look at other walls - vintage VW vans and bugs (my favorite!) are actually everywhere here, I could swear I see them every time I’m outside our apartment - we’ve found it easier to live a more green and eco-friendly lifestyle here in LA - the ability to experience & learn about other people and cultures has been easier, more accessible and somehow feels more authentic here - we spend way more time outdoors because there are more enjoyable opportunities here . ... and I’m sure I could write many more but those are the first that come to mind. . . .

Provincetown, Massachusetts

This is me being 💯 transparent, I’m really just posting this because - it’s the only thing that seems to look good “in my grid” - Cape Cod has been on my mind since I heard about the tornadoes and I just hope everyone I met last month is safe + sound or will be soon - the vibes @kintravel & @action4ifaw laid down on that trip are some vibes I’m not quite ready to let go of - and yeah, that’s about it. . I relish having stories to tell. But also, sometimes I just want to post a photo that I like and has a story only for me. . How’s your weekend going? 💙

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

If you’re headed to Boston this weekend, or planning to be there soon, hit up the link in my profile for my guide to @seaportbos It might not be everyone’s cup of tea and there may be other neighborhoods you prefer. BUT I chose to visit and publish a guide to the area because after doing some research online, I knew I’d enjoy the mix of old and new, the plentiful public art, the constant access to water and perhaps most importantly if you’re a fellow Francophile.... the presence of a @tattebakery (If you know me well you understand this is part sarcasm but also mostly true. Priorities! 😝😂) I could have just eaten every meal at Tatte. And please someone send me their source for the floor tile because I died and went to interior design heaven when I walked in. . Now there’s no hard feelings if Boston’s Seaport isn’t for you. Nor do you need to leave a nasty comment letting me know you’re not impressed. That was more than taken care of on my last post by some super friendly locals. Plus, there are plenty of other people here on Instagram highlighting other neighborhoods that might float your boat more. See my friend @frenchieyankee if you want the lowdown on the cute and historic Boston areas for instance. . Thank you for inviting me to visit so I could see what the area is all about. *hosted not paid* . Now, what are you doing with your nose in your phone, check out my guide and then GET OFF YOUR PHONE 🤳🏼 AND GET OUTSIDE!!! 😉😘 Happy weekending!! 💋💃🏻

Seaport Boston

What are you doing this weekend? I’m putting the final touches on a guide to @seaportbos which I discovered during a recent hosted trip to Boston, essentially the gateway for Cape Cod. You can take a ferry, a flight or a helicopter to the Cape from the city. This photo tells the story of how Seaport is both a nod to Boston’s past and a door into its future. There’s the beautiful wood sailing boat in the foreground, which also reminds me of my childhood growing up in New England, and behind it there’s just one of the many modern buildings that give Seaport a skyline thoroughly rooted in the now. Many of said buildings are LEED-certified or come with features and amenities that are very much in support of a greener future for us all, like rooftop gardens and free bike share. . I only had 29 hours in the neighborhood but what I found was delightful! It’s an area that is ideal for quick weekends in Boston but also full-featured enough for a longer getaway. And it’s so close to the airport that if you add this on to any longer stay in the Boston area or as an add on to exploring greater Massachusetts, you’re a quick ride share away from your flight home. . I loved staying at The Envoy, with its dynamite rooftop bar and female head chef. And I’m still thinking about what I learned when I went across the bay featured in this photo, to @icaboston’s satellite location known as ‘Watershed’.⚓️ . I tagged everyone else I discovered during my stay in this post and I’m looking forward to sharing the guide with you this week. 😉😊

Salt House Inn

With the news that’s dominating headlines in the USA, it’s easy to get down. But every time I’m tempted, I am going to choose to remember all the people I personally know who are amazing, who choose love over hate. And there’s a lot of them. Who do you know like that? . In all the awesomesauce that was my hosted trip to Cape Cod, it would be pretty difficult to pick just one favorite thing or moment that stood out more than everything else. Unless I get to just pick the people I experienced the trip with. Cliché answer but in this case so true. @mamacaxx is the only one I got what I think is a half good photo of with my own camera. This was taken very much on the go before leaving for my flight, after packing my room and before one last jaunt into Provincetown for Portuguese treats with @wishwishwish. I theorize that the only reason it’s any good at all is because Cāx set up this whole vignette in the dining room of our digs at @salthouseinn (which is fab btw). A fiercely talented model, a creative director by my definition and a beautiful person inside and out; she’s a good representation of everyone we were on the trip with. . Truly @kintravel and @action4ifaw put together the best of the best team and I still can’t believe I was a part of it. Rounding out the crew is: @staceyhedman, @_sunshineinjuly_, @dillon_mangs, @brandenharvey, @everydaypursuits, @swopes, @trashhand, @jaloulangeree, @valoriedarling and @paultheprotraveler. . I can’t promise you’ll have as good a crew as I did to travel with if you book this trip for August or September - but I hope you know this particular blessing of good company at some point in your travels. It’s true that the people make the place. Whether you find people where you go, or you bring your crew with you. 💛 . . .

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

The last full day of my hosted visit to Cape Cod with @kintravel and @action4ifaw culminated in a whale watching trip. We made our way past the jetty to open ocean under a cobalt sky in perfect temperatures, leaving the clapboard houses of Provincetown behind. I couldn’t have imagined how awe-inspiring our time on the boat would be. Along the way we heard from Patrick who is IFaW’s Director of Marine Conservation, about the whales that have been feeding in the area for decades. He talked about what we can do as everyday citizens to ensure we are being the best possible stewards of the ocean. Biologists from @dolphinfleetwhalewatch, who were with us on board, have named all of the whales we saw and they shared those names with us. During each trip with all guests, they take notes and report back for research and learning purposes. Ever present was the idea that these waters belong to the whales and we were just guests in said water. Our captain often slowed, turned or maneuvered the boat so that the engines would be quiet and the whales would have less or no sound disturbance. He also explained, and obeyed, the rules about safe distances that boats are supposed to maintain so there are never too many at any one time near any group of marine mammals. It was truly a transformative day unlike any other I’ve had out at sea. If you can’t book this trip that KIN and IFaW are offering for Aug and Sep, you can do these things that Patrick recommended: • reduce or eliminate your seafood and fish consumption • eat only sustainable seafood • reduce single-use plastic at home and when you travel • try to eliminate anything that sheds micro plastics when you do laundry or when you’re in the shower or bath • reduce your water usage overall • use your vote to hold politicians accountable, push them to prioritize ocean life • above all, don’t lose hope. We can make a difference! 🐋🐬 📸 by @valoriedarling & myself

Los Angeles, California

Congratulations @regan_bluelove_cowger 🎉 I’m thrilled to partner with @SpeckTravel {} for their launch today, and to celebrate, I’m hosting a sweepstakes for one person to be entered to win a set of their new line of luggage! You all know I usually only promote brands I already am a customer of before I am approached to do work but in this case when my old friend asked me to consider Speck, I said yes because it was my friend asking and I knew I could trust him. I'm glad I did! I've taken a few trips with my Speck luggage and I love it. They really thought out the details. Three "compression bag" style accessories are included with each, there's a laundry bag as well as small built-in zip pockets perfect for jewelry and miscellany. In the case of the backpack there's a "wet pocket" for those odd things you don't want spilling into other areas of your luggage or for that gear that you need an extra layer of protection for and the whole bag is water-resistant. All include TSA-approved locks. My travel tripod fits perfectly in both the case and the backpack (which is important to me because I hate when it's on the outside and can get caught on things in airports or on planes). The pockets and included accessories help me perfectly organize my gear. This is me actually packing my Speck bags for another trip, the only thing missing is the camera I used to take this which went in the bag once I was done. These aren't bags I packed just for this {sponsored} post. Now it's your turn when you win your own set of Speck luggage by: • Liking this post & following @SpeckTravel • Leaving a comment telling us where you’d travel with your new luggage • Bonus entry if you tag a friend . Anyone can enter, you just need a US address to receive shipment! Not affiliated with Instagram. No purchase necessary to win. Winner chosen and notified by IG DM July 14. . .

International Fund for Animal Welfare

That first sight of the ocean between dune grasses, the first taste of salty breeze... it has forever been changed for me, by the experience I had on Cape Cod {hosted} with @action4ifaw & @kintravel . On the 2nd day of our trip {that you too can book for Aug or Sep}, we spent half the day with Katie, Sarah & Brian at one of the IFaW centers where deployment and then later research happens whenever there are whales, dolphins or seals stranded on the Cape. Which, we learned, is quite often. The particular geography of Cape Cod that makes it such a wonderful summer vacation destination for so many here in the USA and the dramatic tides that have lent the area an air of mystery and mysticism going back to whaling days and beyond - can actually wreak havoc on the safety of pinnipeds and cetaceans that call the nearby ocean... home. That plus an increase in fishing by human beings using methods and materials that can cause dramatic harm, means IFaW works basically 365 days a year helping marine mammals as well as doing research and conducting studies to ensure that now and in the future, we can all co-exist to the benefit of all & the detriment of none. . I was naive enough to think before we had this experience that the job might not be *that* hard or the problem *that* bad. But then I saw the photos of seals and whales trapped in fishing line and rope. Photos that made me weep. And I tried to help lift a training dolphin the way rescuers might have to on a beach. Even as part of a team it was not easy. And it was just one task of thousands that they do. . Danté & I have made huge changes in our life to ensure we’re being more responsible citizens of this 🌏. We have a lot more that we still want to do. But we can’t do it all. I’m so grateful to have learned about what IFaW is doing for Things I may never be able to do for mammals that I still care a lot about. As for you? Donate to help their work, book this same trip with Kin to learn for yourself, or volunteer with IFaW if you have relevant experience! 🐬 // photos by @valoriedarling 💙

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