Life at 70 MPH

Flying to my destination often wins out over driving, however, the best part of giving in to a long road trip is undoubtedly views along the journey that could not be seen from above.

With a schedule to keep and places to reach, pulling over to snap a picture of every perfect sunset or beautiful landscape isn’t possible. This, and the following photo gallery you will see, prompted #2 on my Fall Want To list: Take More/Less Pictures.

I call this: ‘Life at 70 Miles Per Hour’. It is the unedited catalog of our drive from Portland, Maine to Bar Harbor, Maine. So if you feel a little lopsided or find yourself squinting…it isn’t you, it’s me.


This was our view through most of Maine, minus the blur.



The sun and the moon refuse to ever take a good picture for me. The moon more than the sun, but either way they are both finicky subjects.


Don’t you love when you try to take a picture and a pole decides to jump in your way?


Sometimes we buy baked goods* and let them tempt us on the dashboard.

*The morning of this drive started in Boston and led to Portland. Despite being full from breakfast, we couldn’t pass up stopping for coffee and visiting a local bakery.


I’ve found that though sometimes hints of gorgeous views can be captured, there is nothing like the feeling you get being there to witness them in living color.


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Like I said before, Maine has a lot of trees.

Quite a lot of trees.



I love this house. With construction on the road ahead of us, I had just enough time to snap a few pictures.

It looks like the setting for a fantastical children’s novel.


I love the gigantic circular window. I sure hope the building doesn’t end up being knocked down.


This building reminded me of the show Deadwood because there is a character named Ellsworth.* If you enjoy westerns or shows based on historical events…watch it!

*Apparently, we were in Ellsworth, Maine at the time.

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I’m fairly certain I was overcome with boredom at this point and started experimenting.

This didn’t last very long.


As soon as water was in view, I knew we were nearing our destination.*

*That, and Google maps told us so.

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Life at 70 miles per hour might once in a while produce a worthy photo, but I’ve found that sometimes it’s better to put down the camera* (or other distractions) and capture the moment with every bit of you. Breathe it in. Memorize it. Capture the moment inside of you rather than letting its splendor go unnoticed.


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