The last half of my East coast tour was to head North out of Boston (during a 10 inch snow storm!) to snowboard in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. I sure did test out my new Subaru, that’s for sure. Luckily, I had already planned to stop over in Portland, ME for lunch with an old college friend and that really broke up the gnarly drive to Sugarloaf. It gave me a brand new appreciation for Rochester’s awesome snow plow operators, that’s for sure. And for Facebook…. since I wouldn’t have reconnected with this old friend had it not been for the social media site. After 20 years, it was just like old times and we still have tons in common. He too is self employed, so we talked quite a lot about those unique dynamics.
In Maine, I snowboarded for 4 days and was even able to poach a free lesson with an instructor at Sugarloaf Resort. This was easily the highlight of the trip since Sugarloaf Mountain is so much bigger and steeper than what I’m used to. He also let me test drive some prototype boards and that was really helpful as well. The snow was perfect packed powder and made the dangerous drive worth every knuckle biting minute. One night, we all went out at dusk for some snow shoeing / skate skiing and I brought out “the Beast” for some vintage film pictures of the snowy Maine woods:
Next up was to head over to New Hampshire to hang out with past portrait clients of mine that have recently learned to snowboard. It was a blast and the perfect way to end the entire trip. Max and I met on the day he was born, as I was hired to photograph the birth and newborn photos. It is great to keep in touch with clients over the years and to be able to grow as friends. Chris and Max are doing the homeschool thing and their goal is to snowboard 100 days this winter! I helped them out with #76 & #77 and as of now, they have already passed the mark. These two reminded me of the dad and son turtles in “Finding Nemo“! OMG, they sounded and acted just like those two. Adorable!
One thing was apparent from both parts of this trip: I need to learn to skate around on my snowboard with just one foot strapped in. Seriously. Everyone yelled at me about this. The boys made me ride quite the distance off the lift before they let me strap back in… then they took me through the trees… and then we worked on my jumps in a little starter terrain park. These guys made it fun and were great teachers. It’s just funny because I’ve been riding much longer than they have. Haha. This is why I travel to ride… to get out of my comfort zone!
At the end of the day, I got what I came for, had some laughs, captured some new film portraits, reconnected with old friends and changed over about 10 pounds of fat into pure muscle! Great times! Thank you all for giving me a taste of your lives (and feeding me!).