Not much going on today, but if you’re interested in seeing all the pictures I took during my trip to the Rockies, just click on the rainbow below to see the entire collection on Flickr.
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I can’t believe I only got 2 hours of sleep last night and still managed to stay awake for a 350 mile journey to Portland, Maine, and even got in an hour of sightseeing in Kennebunkport on top of that too.
I took a stroll in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, saw the Bush Compound, had pizza (twice), took another stroll in downtown Portland, tried unsuccessfully to get into a beauty pageant at my hotel (while almost getting arrested for begging some of the contestants to go out with me,) and took a drive to see the wharfs before it got too dark.
Overall, quite a long day. :-D
I was going full on manic using my brand new iPhone to take pictures, augmented reality to help me find pizza joints, and other funsie stuff that could have kept me occupied till kingdom come if I didn’t finally force myself to pocket the phone and head back to the hotel. After 300 miles and using the iPhone all day, the verdict is in: Verizon’s network performed spectacularly. I used bluetooth handsfree in my car, used Navigon to drive to my destination, Yelp to find POIs in town, and an HDR app to convert some of my iPhone pics into higher quality photos with better dynamic range, and then posting them online as fast as I was taking them. I was absolutely having a blast.
I’m not sure how it ended up that I would be sightseeing lighthouses and sniffing around for geocaches on Valentine’s Day though, but there it is. I wanted to completely ignore the holiday, but the beauty pageant kind of threw me for a loop, with some seriously gorgeous women walking around and rolling their eyes at me while I tried to roll the tongue back into my mouth. Eeeeeeesh. Seriously.
Still, I need to soldier on. There’s plenty to see here in Maine, believe it or not, and I intend to make the best of it.
The view from my window here is spectacular by the way. While Portland doesn’t have modern skyscrapers and sprawling urban jungles like I’m typically used to, there’s something particularly inviting about this old city. I get the sense that the way Portland looks now is just the way it looked almost 100 years ago. Aside from some modern updates here and there, the buildings continue to defy the passage of time, retaining an old world appeal of generations long gone. It’s not Boston, but at the same time there’s an undercurrent of rich history here that draws me in just as much as Beantown does. Can’t wait to go out tomorrow and really soak in the local culture.
Took me a while, but I finally tagged and organized all the photos from my 2010 road trip. If you want to see them all I’ve organized them in a collection on Flickr. Just click on the image below (one of my favorite pictures) and surf to your heart’s content. :-D
I’ve pretty much spent all day living vicariously through a friend of mine while he’s prancing about at SXSW, which made me think about some of the newer technology that’s being introduced and promoted there and how I could benefit from them.
After already having a few traveling adventures under my belt, I realized there were certain obstacles I needed to address, namely, how can I write and blog about my experiences in a fluid manner while it’s still fresh on my mind? Usually I would get so caught up in exploring my new locale that by the time I got back to the hotel I was too exhausted to even stay awake, much less blog about the day. Even worse was the exhausting work of uploading my photos, then organizing, captioning and tagging them all. It’s the sort of thing that can literally take me hours to do. Time is a luxury I cannot afford to lose during my travels, so this is something I need address before I go off on my next adventure, although that won’t happen until May.
For the time being, I am experimenting with ways I can interweave blogging vignettes I want to write with my day’s activities during my travels, without it being too much of a burden. One of the ways I’m exploring doing so is by trying out geolocation apps on my iPod, such as Foursquare and Gowalla
From there, it’s just a matter of how I want to present it all on my blog. Do I write about my travel experiences all in one lengthy post, or do I break them down into vignettes that are spread out via separate posts instead? Something else I will have to experiment with. In the meantime, let me know what you might prefer. :-D
So I looked out this morning and the sun was gone, turned on some music to start my day, lost myself in a familiar song, closed my eyes and I slipped awaaaaa… no wait, that’s not right. :-D
On second thought, that WAS how I started my first morning in Boston. Heh. After a hot shower and a quick breakfast at a restaurant next door, it was off to the Boston Commons to begin my walk on the Freedom Trail.
By this time it was already snowing, yet nothing so severe that it would ruin my morning (and the rest of my time here.) I took the T line again and got out at the foot of the famous park, taking a quick walk around to find a few hidden geocaches and then doubling back to start the Freedom Trail.
After a few stops, I eventually found myself at King’s Chapel, and tried to get a shot off at an angle so I could capture the entire steeple of the huge church, when the camera slipped right out of my gloved hands and hit the pavement with a sickening crack.
Bostonians within a block of me all turned their heads in the direction of the girlie shriek they had just heard.
I quickly picked up the camera hoping it was shockproof enough to withstand the impact, but I could see the lens was already cracked. My beloved Canon had just taken what would be its last ever picture.
It had to happen RIGHT before getting to Granary Cemetery too, the site of many famous burials, including Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and so many others. My only option was to use my camphone in the meantime, until I could get back to the parking garage to get my older, backup Olympus camera. Thank goodness I thought to take it with me, even though it was old, bulky and slow. Now it was all I had left to use while I was here.
After the cemetery I stopped by the old South Street House and decided to spend a few minutes there out of the cold and the snow. I’m glad I did too. The building was quiet and homey, so I took some time to sit down in one of the pews and relax, amazed that I was in the very same building where Samuel Adams gave the signal that launched the start of the Boston Tea Party.
After getting warmed up again, I decided to leave and visit the old State House before getting back to the garage. The state house was also a museum, which included a gallery of old photos in the basement chronicling Boston’s history. By this time the snow had now turned to hard rain, forcing me to conclude the Freedom Trail for the day. I got to the garage and got out my old camera, testing it to make sure everything still worked fine.
And of course the flash was broken.
Good grief, this was turning out to be one camera killing trip. I grabbed it anyway and headed out again, running as fast as I could back to the hotel as the rain pelted me mercilessly. I spent the rest of the afternoon vegging out in my room, watching the rain outside and and deciding to order in so I could give my feet a rest. Which I might add is a mistake in Boston. Between the delivery charges and the gratuities and the absurd prices for beverages, I was paying close to $40 for a small dinner. What, does Boston have something against introverts who hate dining out? Yeesh.
By now the full brunt of the storm had descended on Boston, but I had lucked out, either due to being awesomely awesome, or being so hot that I kept the entire city warm, because it had never snowed more than an inch. New York had gotten walloped with over 15 inches of snow, but Boston received but a light dusting. The roads and sidewalks would still be free and clear for me to conclude the Freedom Trail and visit a few other sites for the rest of the week.
But for now, it was time to rest and enjoy my $40 dinner. Oh, and do some research online for a new camera.
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