For spring break this year my fiancé and I took a spontaneous trip to Portland Maine for a getaway. Since Portland Maine is within driving distance from New Brunswick we felt it was the perfect place for a little vacation. As much as we wanted to go somewhere tropical (and far far away) it just wasn’t financially smart with our upcoming wedding this year. We hoped to find a last minute vacation to the Caribbean within our budget, but we didn’t find anything. Although we didn’t make it to the Caribbean we still went south–to south Portland. Continue reading
I have always loved camping! My mom used to take my brothers and me camping when we were little. I think the first time my mother took me camping I was just a newborn. Nothing stopped her from enjoying the activities she loved. It appears that since then, I have loved my time in the wilderness. When I say camping, I am speaking of tenting. I have always tented growing up and nothing has stopped me from tenting now. When some people think of camping, they imagine sleeping on a plush queen size bed in a heated camper, camp, cabin, or better yet, a winterized cottage fully stocked with all amenities “required”. When I think of camping, I crave a more ‘rustic’ experience. There is nothing better than being in the woods with nothing more than a tent, sleeping bag (for me an air mattress of course), and a camp fire. Who needs a heated shower when you have a lake or river to bathe in? I’ve always craved time away from civilization. My time spent away from all my conveniences makes me appreciate everything I have even more. Continue reading
Labour Day weekend was spent in The Forks, Maine at The Forks Outdoor Fun Resort in the middle of Raft City. Three Rivers White Water offers everything anyone could possibly want for seasonal activities, accommodations, food, and entertainment. With two locations in Maine, The Forks and Millinocket, your options are endless. From white water rafting, skydiving, kayaking, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, to wildlife safari tours, I know why Three Rivers White Water is known as “The Home of Serious Fun”. Their motto says it all. They have everything! Continue reading
What would you rather? Sky diving or white water rafting? This summer I went Skydiving with Vacationland Skydiving and White Water Rafting with Three Rivers White Water in Maine, USA. I am hard pressed to choose which adventure sport I like the most! I love them all! Which would you prefer?
“The way life should be.” ~ Maine’s Motto
My first two attempts at skydiving in Pittsfield, Maine were cancelled due to the weather. It was literally raining on my parade! Disappointed, I knew the third attempt would be my last and final opportunity to skydive during my time in Maine before needing to return home. Fellow Canadian Brad Fisher, owner of Vacationland Skydiving, updated me each morning with the weather at the field. Third time was a charm because the weather was perfect on August 11th to jump at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. It could not have possibly been a more stunning day to jump out of a plane. Clear blue sunny skies. No cloud in sight. It just goes to show that everything happens for a reason.
I have always wanted to skydive, but the right opportunity had not come up until now. What better way to ring in the big 3.0., but to jump out of a plane? I had to do something dramatic, right? Each year that I get older, I feel younger. I am a young soul. Teaching middle school definitely keeps me young and alive. I even get my fashion tips from my students! I thrive on their energy. Turning 30 was actually quite exciting! 30 is the new 20 right? Honestly, turning 30 to means more experience, opportunity, and my upcoming year off from work to travel! Starting my thirties off with a 120 mph free fall is the perfect entry into ‘adult-hood’ for me.
The service at Texas Roadhouse in Bangor, Maine was incredible! Not only did our server Ira go out of his way to give my friends and I excellent service (for the majority of us it was our first time), but he went above and beyond to help me locate my lost wallet and passport. I realized at the restaurant that I had earlier in the day lost my passport/wallet somewhere while shopping in Freeport, Maine. Now in Bangor, I was frantic about what I was going to do! How would I leave the country (I am a Canadian)? I would have to get all new identification cards! How would I pay for the remainder of my trip–including skydiving which I planned for my birthday? Frazzled and visibly upset, Ira exceeded my expectations to get the restaurant’s Wi-Fi password (of course, just my luck, no free Wi-Fi) to use his phone to search for phone numbers of places where I thought I might have lost my belongings. Not only did he find phone numbers for us, but he also called some places and actually found the location of my lost wallet and passport! It was at Starbucks in Freeport, Maine. The one place I believed it was not. I thought I had dropped it in a parking lot somewhere.
I finally completed my top bucket list item for my 30th birthday: Skydiving! Words cannot even express the thrill I experienced. I have always wanted to go skydiving, but I thought it would be something I wanted to do once in my lifetime to say that I tried it. Now that I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane…I can’t wait to do it again! My boyfriend rolled his eyes when I told him it was the best rush I have ever experienced. I would do it everyday if I could. It was not what I expected (not scary at all…once I left the plane) and better than I ever could have imagined. I can’t even begin to tell you what it was like. Until I can grasp what I actually did yesterday, I will share my story with you in pictures for now.
Today I am going skydiving with Vacationland Skydiving in Pittsfield Maine for my 30th birthday as a present to myself! Skydiving today will be even more special because my best friend Kristyn will be joining me. I am excited and scared at the same time! I’ve always wanted to go skydiving and I feel the time is now. Today is the day. What better way to celebrate the big thirty? As I watched the skydiving videos on Vacationland Skydiving‘s website the other day, the palms of my hands got sweaty with anticipation of what I am going to do. I can’t believe I am finally going to do it! I’m actually going to fall from the sky. My boyfriend asked me: why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good plane? Maybe he is right, although, he has this perspective because he is a pilot. The majority of my friends and family think I am insane, yet the few who have been skydiving have been cheering me on. I’ve been told it is the greatest thrill I will ever experience (I hope).
This is my top bucket list item right now! When dreams finally become reality.
Wish me luck! I think I might need it…