Coastline and culture in New England

I’ve decided that, these days, if I can produce a blog post a month, I’m a lucky gal. Lucky to find breaths between beloved jobs to do similar work of my own volition. Lucky to be able to reflect on experiences and milk what value can be gathered. I doubt the cafe I edited in today for four hours felt lucky to have a table occupied by a one cappuccino gal, but I’m lucky I found that space this month to process my August road trip through New England.

What was meant to be a longer trek through areas of Maine and Vermont had to be cut short due to the panic surrounding Hurricane Irene. The trip had no conclusion in real time. It felt like a rush job of a trip, even more so the documentation of it, but what resulted is a video exalting the thing I studied most – the water that I feel sources so much of the grit and character of New Englanders.

I was surprisingly unfocused on my fleeting dollars being allocated to gas, the pile of money I dropped for the rental car, or my lack of accurate driving instructions or lodging reservations. The nausea I usually reserve for typical tourist activity – the expensive kind – took a vacation as well. Instead, I felt loosely propelled by the desire to consume miles of coastline and smell a breeze conceived hemispheres away.

Like gulping sweet water in the middle of the night, driving was refreshing after my nine month car-fast, a guilty binge on air, music, and speed with a known expiration. And with this limited excursion, I caught wind of what a conventional adult vacation smells like – not bad at all, in fact pleasantly normal, if infrequent and savored for its rarity.

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  1. Katbeck86

    great video linz! really captures that good ol’ new england summer. next you can make a super depressing one about new england winter haha

    October 28, 2011 at 16:22 | Permalink
  2. Kathie957

    awesome!! you are fantastic!!

    November 6, 2011 at 01:32 | Permalink
  3. Doris Storage

    It seems that you have great time in new England, so happy for you! I wish you all the best and this video is awesome, keep up!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:57 | Permalink
  4. Lindsay Clark

    Much appreciated, Doris (and all of you). I’m so glad I left my New York home with this trip under my belt.

    December 20, 2011 at 13:08 | Permalink

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