East End Breakwater Lighthouse at Cape Henlopen State Park _____ This week has been insane at work. In the past 5 days, the marketing team has coordinated/shot 6 different photoshoots, covered media for a ribbon cutting, painted windows, designed exhibit panels, planned a partnership photo-op, kept social media up to date, managed staffing schedules for the state fair, and created an entire camping exhibit. I had 2 interns shadow/work with me for a couple days, and ended up with deer antlers and a hazmat suit in my office yesterday. _____ If I have to go to a park for work, I usually stay after I’m done and hang out in the park for a few hours just for fun. Yesterday I had to go to Cape for a ribbon cutting event, so I stayed at the beach for the rest of the evening and kayaked out to the lighthouse. It was nice.
A big storm rolled in as I was driving home from the beach tonight. I took the first East-side turn and ended up in a field with this red building and a wall of black billowing clouds. Anyone else see tonight’s storm?
I loved traveling solo in Greece. I challenged myself to be patient with others, with logistics, and most importantly with myself. During those 2 weeks, I was the most relaxed and flexible I’ve ever been with myself. Sometimes I had no plan. I would just lay on a beach until I wanted to move, and I spontaneously went to dinner with a girl I met while cliff jumping from these rocks. It felt liberating and powerful to be so in tune with myself and what I wanted to do. I could do everything and nothing. It’s a wonderful thing to enjoy hanging out with yourself. _____ This is Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos. Seeing photos of this beach made me go to this island. Pro tip: get up early or stay late at touristy spots to avoid the peak of the crowds.
A guide on how to visit Smith Island just hit the blog! Visiting this little island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is a little complicated, but definitely worth the effort. You can see the watermen lifestyle firsthand, and eat some of the best cake I’ve had in my life (which is saying something). Check out the post to learn everything you need to know about visiting Smith Island! (Link in bio)
I think birds are underrated. Maybe it’s because we see common birds almost everyday, but I think we take birds for granted sometimes. Birds are so cool. They come in so many different shapes and sizes and colors. They have feet and beaks and bodies that are highly specialized for where they live and what they eat. And they can FLY. So next time you see a bird, take a minute to appreciate how amazing it really is. _____ I love birds, and the East Coast has some really great birds. I loved that there were so many different kind of birds all together in this marsh in Chincoteague.
Shout out to my parents for visiting me this past week! In one week we visited 4 states, saw 2 firework shows, hiked, biked, kayaked, and ate lots of cake and ice cream. You guys are the best. I’m so thankful to have a family that is so much fun to travel and hang out with. See ya soon!
This weekend I finally made it Smith Island, a little island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay with a population of about 300. Visiting the island is like stepping back in time. Most people on the island are watermen, which means they get up before the sun each day to take their boats out and catch crabs. You can see their boats and crab shanties all over the island. There’s really only one ferry ride to the island each day, cell service is basically non-existent, the restaurants close at 4pm, we biked every road in less than 2 hours, and we shared the return ferry with boxes of soft shell crabs ready to go to market. It was a really interesting, very different place, and I’m so glad we went. See my story for more highlights from the trip! _____ Cell phone photo of one of the crab shanties. I took this while kayaking around the island.
Happy 4th of July! _____ I love celebrating the 4th in Delaware. Once of my favorite things to do is see the fireworks on Rehoboth Beach on July 3. I've done this adventure 3 times now, and here's how it works: _____ I drive to Cape Henlopen State Park. Then bike the Gordons Pond Trail to Rehoboth, thus avoiding wicked traffic and battles over parking spaces. I eat ice cream and watch the fireworks on the beach. Then, I bike back on the Gordons Pond Trail with a headlamp in the dark. _____ Yesterday, my parents got to do this whole adventure with me, and it was so much fun. During the fireworks, the colors reflected off the water from the ocean, which was super cool. I was taking photos with my tripod, and this little boy ran in front of me and threw his hands up in excitement. I almost didn't post this photo, but when I look at this kid, he represents exactly how it felt to be there at this moment.
I think I went through Cape Henlopen withdrawal while I was in Greece. I had been back less than a week, and felt this overpowering urge to watch the sunset here. So I drove down to the beach on Friday after work to catch a sunset at my favorite spot. Shout out to @phoenix_gf for agreeing to come with me. 😁