BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title/Author: Elevation/Stephen King
Short Synopsis: Scott Carey, an older gent in a small Maine town, keeps losing weight. That would be fine, he could stand to let go of a few pounds, except for the fact that his body looks exactly like it did before the weight started disappearing. Stranger still, any item he touches loses it's weight entirely. As Scott tries to navigate this new reality of his, he becomes more and more engaged in the goings on of his home town, particularly a little Mexican restaurant and the two woman who run it. .
Subjective Opinion: I haven't read a King book in at least 15 years, and this was an excellent way to re-enter the world of his creative genius. The horror in this story is light (one might say elevated (sorry couldn't help myself 🙈)), but does not scare or terrify. The characters shone with real humanity, and (as a former Mainer) I LOVED the little references and details that make the wonderful state of Maine a character as well.
Writing Quality: 4 ⭐️s
Genre: Light horror, contemporary fiction
Part of a Series: No
Perfect for: People who like shorter tales, light-hearted horror, Maine, people coming to terms with their life, and endings that are - mostly - happy. . #bookstagrammer#allthebooks#reading#book#booklover#bookstagram#bookish#bookworm#booklove#booknerd#book#books#read#nowreading#booksbooksbooks#lovetoread#audiobooks#maine#stephenking#readingtime#lovetoread
Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that we live in a national park. It just becomes your daily life. It becomes our normal.
Today, we played tourist and rode the Island Explorer bus from the middle of town to Sand Beach. Bypassing the masses of cars, we zipped straight to the beach we’ve avoided for two summers because it gets so busy.
Despite being fogged in for much of the morning it was a beautiful day. In true Maine fashion, even a fogged in few hours was captivatingly beautiful, hiding away islands and outcroppings for hours until it appeared from the mist. We watched a seal play fifty feet off the shore all morning, seemingly for pure pleasure and much to the delight of all the tourists (us too.) We built a massive sand castle that would go on to withstand the full force of high tide. Dean put so much enthusiasm into fighting the incoming tide I started to become concerned he had found a Red Bull somewhere. (SEVEN MINUTES TILL HIGH TIDE!!! SHOVEL! SHOVEL! SHOVEL!!). (Whoa dude, you’re going to alarm the lifeguard)...alas, we had a great time playing all day.
Throughout the day we heard countless people at the beach and on the bus commenting on how beautiful the surroundings were. We saw families playing, little kids exploring in the creek, playing on the rocky cliffs. Creating those memories that truly last forever and kids look back on when they are adults, hoping to do the same for their children.
Hospitality is a very low gratitude, high work demand kind of career. But at this particular market of Bar Harbor, I really enjoy playing a small part in helping create these memories for others.
So for the locals that are struggling with the masses of tourists in Bar Harbor right now...grab your beach towels, hop on the Island Explorer, and go play tourist for the day. I think you’ll appreciate their perspective a little better after just a short time.
I know we did. #visitbarharbor#visitmaine#acadianationalpark#acadia#sandbeach#nationalparks#familyvacation#summeronmdi#family#maggietrumpsrunningpics#deanthemachine#myjenishotterthananniston#mainelife#mainelifestyle#maine#mainething#maine_igers
Warning. Vacations can be extremely fun, relaxing and make you question your day to day. -
They also give you perspective on what’s important. Family, purpose, friends and making a difference.
I didn’t want to come back. But I also get anxious about not progressing my goals and dreams. It’s a weird dichotomy...mission vs what matters. Really they both do, just figuring out how to blend the two is the trick.
Refreshed, grateful and looking forward to getting back to my purpose... and planning another amazing trip! - #family#maine#barharbor#acadianationalpark#summerharbor#mission#purpose#perspective
#BensPicks "I love images that make me wonder. When you look at as many photos as I do, it’s rare to be surprised, but this photo is like nothing I’ve ever seen. It took some unusual atmospheric phenomena to make it possible. First, a temperature inversion caused low fog to form over the water, and then the fog rose just enough so only the #NubbleLight tower and the top of the keeper’s house peek out. Haze and smoke from forest fires out West dimmed the sun, so it appears as a red orb. Rob Wright (@robwrightimages) tied these together beautifully in this composition, as the lighthouse barely eclipses the sun, and the structure and island below are totally obscured. This strong graphic presentation is so effective. The magenta tones are pleasing and feel natural considering the low angle of the sun and heavy atmosphere. I wish I had been there to witness these amazing conditions. I’m glad Rob was." — Benjamin Williamson
Click the link in our bio to see more of Ben's favorite photos from around the #PineTreeState . ☝️
Made a visit to the iconic fishing shacks in Kennebunkport the other day for sunrise. The tide was out, giving the scene a feeling as if something was missing. Boats left waiting for water to lift them again, and shacks on stilts with no water beneath them. Still, the wet sand reflected the shacks nicely in the glow of sunrise, as some wispy clouds picked up a bit of color. There is nothing like a sunrise on the coast of Maine. •