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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

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Passy River Release

Jlynn Frazier

Holy shit, holy shit this is awesome!
— Jared Palmer (Instagram: @almighty_jayrod)

The Passagassawakeag River, which flows into the Belfast Bay here in Maine, was alive and flowing rapidly showing few signs that winter would be hanging around. After taking a look off either side of the bridge, I returned to the car to get my camera.

As I looked down from the bridge overlooking the water facing upstream the ice dam released. Three clicks, three images. Together these images tell a beautiful story of the "Passy" as I watched the river transform from alive to raging. With my camera pointed straight down, I watched through my viewfinder mesmerized by the moment. Holy shit, it really was awesome! 

Magic of the Mountains

Jlynn Frazier

Each time I throw on my pack and head into the wild is another chance to experience the magic of the mountains.
— Jlynn

Starting the year off with an adventure has become one of my favorite traditions. This year was no different. After a bit of discussion and weather watching it was decision time: let's make our way to Table Rock in Grafton Notch State Park.

The weather report? Not good. Visibility? Uncertain. Snow? Maybe. A good day for an adventure? You bet!

The alarm went off about 2 a.m. and we piled into the car. It was snowing at home with an inch or two on the ground. Slow and steady we made our way into the mountains of Western Maine. We arrived later than we had hoped since it snowed the entire trip. Better to arrive safely than not at all. 

Threw on our gear, headlamps, and off we went. It is nice to meander and take your time, but the sunrise was coming and we would need to move quickly. It did not look like we would see the sun, but the only way to know what we were going to see was to get to Table Rock.

About halfway or so, Jared called ahead and told me to push on and he would follow soon after. We both knew this trail and so I felt comfortable to push on and make a break for the top. I arrived just after the "official" sunrise. I was greeted by two fellow adventurers enjoying the view and we immediately wished each other a happy new year!

I made the first two images within a minute or two of arriving. Then the clouds rapidly overtook us. Jared arrived in time for a partial view from the overlook. Then, in a blink of an eye, we were left with just the view of the rock at our feet. Each time I throw on my pack and head into the wild is another chance to experience the magic of the mountains. 

Welcome Winter

Jlynn Frazier

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
— John Steinbeck

A las! The winter season is "officially" upon us. I get so excited as we step into a new season because each and every season (and between season) has many charms and so much sweetness.

When I think of winter, I think of the simplicities of life and how much the little details matter. Winter brings wool sweaters and layers galore, warm beverages and sweet treats, big boots and skis or snowshoes to get out and adventure. 

For a big dose of winter to get your adventure wheels turning, check out my latest post "Walking in a winter wonderland with 25 photos from Acadia National Park."

Happy Winter Solstice!