Today marks the ending of a season, and tomorrow marks the beginning of another. Summer is ended, and fall begins anew.
This summer has been one for the ages. I began the season by embarking on a 12 day roadtrip in search of light; or more specifically, lighthouses. By end of the trip, we'd traveled through 6 states and saw 85 lighthouses. We traveled thousands of miles, all the way up to the Easternmost point in the U.S. at Quoddy Head. I watched the sunset of the longest day of the year from a dock in Bar Harbor as a hushed crowd of a hundred people looked on with us, watching the fiery sun burn across the sky. We camped under the stars in Acadia, and we ate our first Maine lobster at a small lobster pound by the edge of the sea.
I visited a fort in the middle of the Delaware River that once housed hundreds of prisoners of war, and required a short ferry ride to reach.
I also took a trip down south to Annopolis Maryland and walked along the historic brick lined streets of the beautiful town. I was there to celebrate the ending of the most pivotal decade of my life; my 20's; and the beginning of my next decade. We of course visited more lighthouses on this trip too.
I participated in my girlfriend's family tradition that dates back over 300 years, and felt welcomed by her entire family in a way I'd never experienced.
I camped in a thunderstorm, and learned that my tent was mostly waterproof. We cooked hot dogs and bacon and marshmallows over a fire that luckily still burned even though everything was damp from the heavy rains.
Towards the end of the summer, I took a trip down south, again in search of more lights. We visited the tallest lighthouse in the country at Cape Hatteras. We ended the summer having seen 132 lighthouses in total. We stayed at a B&B with a bunch of strangers, and we all sat around the fire at night, sharing stories and tales of adventure.
I did this and so much more during this season. By the end of the summer we'd visited 11 states.
In short, it was an amazing summer, one that I'm sad to see end, but with every ending comes a new beginning, and I'm excited to see what exciting new adventures next season brings.