Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Japanese Glass Floats

While in Alaska a few months ago, I came across a stand selling colored glass balls, some with twine, some without. Apparently, the Japanese started using them as fishing buoys in the early 1900s and they continue to wash up on shore. Don't you think they are fabulous? You can find more info about the Japanese Glass Floats here and here.

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I especially love the frosted ones where the lines still show from where the netting was. Can you imagine all the awesome things you could do with these!? And they're just so cool. You can get 'reproduction' ones, but the best places to find authentic ones (really, why would you want reproductions'''?) are local scavengers, mainly on the west coast.

Friday, November 5, 2010

happy halloween-iversary!!

For our first hallowedding anniversary, we visited Acadia National Park, Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH. We also took a quick trip to Salem, MA on Halloween. That was quite a zoo!!

Acadia turned out to be one of our favorite parks. We visited during the last week of October for our first wedding anniversary. Both of the New England cities we visited were very enjoyable and quaint - but Acadia definitely stole the show.

Must see - Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain

Must do - Walk along the rocky Acadia shoreline - (with caution!), climb the Beehive Trail - (again...with caution). If you visit Portsmouth - Halloween is a good time to drop by.

Must eat - The Oar House in Portsmouth. Pricey, but definitely worth it.

Must drink - If you're there around fall time, definitely seek out Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale. Best pumpkin beer we've been able to find!

This is one of the few NP trips we've taken that we have not camped. Instead, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Bar Harbor/Ellsworth. It was not especially memorable, but typical of Hamptons, it was clean and the staff was nice.


Our first journey into Acadia was early in the morning - and I must say this is the best time, especially if you decide to spend it on the rocks along the shore. The fog is densest in the morning and it is the perfect scene for a wool blanket and a warm coffee, just to sit on the rocks and watch the waves come in. Take your camera, too.

After the fog lifted a bit, we explored Sand Beach for a while and saw some deer roaming the grass behind the beach. We took the short hike around Great Head which offers some beautiful ocean views. We then headed down park loop road a bit, stopping for a quick look at Thunder Hole (at which I received a very cold and wet greeting observed in the photo below).

After we exhausted our motivation for exploring and our stomachs were empty, we headed to Bar Harbor, which is a must-stop if you are spending time in Acadia. It's a great (touristy, but great) New England small harbor town. We steered clear of the fine dining and chose to eat at Geddy's Pub which was a perfectly relaxed atmosphere after our long day and provided an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages.


Our second day in Acadia, we tried our hands (and feet) at some more difficult hikes. We started (late, unfortunately) at Cadillac mountain. It was cloudy, and we missed the beginning of the sunrise, but it was still amazing. I don't know what it's like in summer, but I would most definitely take an extra jacket and hat...it was certainly chilly when we were there! We headed back down towards sand beach and explored some of the options for trailheads. We ended up starting the Gorham Mountain Trail and heading straight for Beehive Mountain. I have to admit, I am not really excited about climbing in high places. Despite this, M talked me into doing the Beehive Trail, which has several iron rungs to climb and some very narrow paths up the side of a steep mountain, many of which have barely enough room to even sidle along, and ends with a rock scramble to get to the top. I, myself, did not make it to the top. I stopped riiiight here.

And I let M have his way with the rock scramble. If you're not as neurotic and terrified of heights as I am - this hike would surely be a blast. I even had a little fun in the midst of my freaking out. After the long hike, we headed back to the seashore to visit Otter Cliff. Another test to my fear of heights, but certainly one I was glad we pursued.

We sat on this cliff for quite sometime relaxing and enjoying the ocean view. Bottom line - we'll definitely be back. This is one of the most beautiful places we've seen, and it's much closer for us than most of our Nation's NPs.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

31 Days of Hallowedding Inspiration #31: Hallowedding Bliss

I'm going to be a little lazy for this last post. Here are some great Halloween wedding inspiration boards, and some great weddings to top off the month of Hallowedding ideas!
Inspiration Boards Click on photo for source link From La Photographie From Wedding Rumors Blush Events Noteworthy Stationary It's a Jamie Thing Blog Bride Tide Pottery Barn Great Halloween Weddings Swank Photo Studio Dan and Danielle's Tim Burton New Orleans Voodoo Halloween Wedding!! From Acid-Poptart's Livejournal Page. Monique & Mark's Halloween Wedding from Janae Shields Photography Some Other Great Source Links From Lisa Rigby Photography From Chung Li Photography Goth Wedding Congrats to all the new Hallow Brides, and Happy Anniversary to all the Hallow Brides of the past! Now, taking a blogger break to go celebrate our one year anniversary! Ciao, y'all!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

31 Days of Hallowedding Inspiration #30: Decoration

Whew, I'm losing steam folks! Good thing I've only got one more day! Here are some random decoration ideas from the web. Enjoy! (Click on photo for source link).

Oh, goodness. Carrie Mae is just amazing.

Napkin Ring from Cathie Filian

Black and White Striped Walls with Vintage Frames

Black paper flowers

Luminaries from Style Me Pretty (1) and Martha Stewart (2 & 3)

One more day...hope you're ready for Hallows Eve!!!