It’s fall again, and if you’re like me that means you’ve been working your ass off all summer while everybody else gets to play in the sun on vacation. Personally, I prefer to spend the summer in Boston and bounce around in the fall and winter. The beaches are all the same June through August, but fall in Maine only happens in one place once a year, so that’s exactly where my friend Jeff and I headed off to.
We drove up the coast to a small town just outside of Camden, ME, called Hope where my father’s side of the family has lived since coming to America. The spot for this working vacation was 100 acres at the top of a dead-end road that my family has occupied since 1913 in one form or another.
That weekend wasn’t just about sitting around and tying one on (though we did do some of that); it was also about getting some shit done. I can’t sit still on vacations. I have to do something, so when we headed to Maine we split some wood that we’ll burn over the winter. Jeff and I both work 9-5 office jobs – he’s a community manager and I’m a UX Designer, but we both grew up having to do manual labor, so we skipped out of the city to put some callouses back on our hands. The weather report said high 50’s during the day all weekend, so we packed accordingly: layers and wool – generally things that can take a bit of a beating.
I’m supposed to give you guys some advice, so here it is: diversify your wardrobe. You can have a closet full of really nice shirts, and a drawer full of awesome chinos, but if the shirts are all blue and the pants are all some shade of khaki then you’re going to have a flat look. If you’re a Business Bob that wears the Financial District Mafia uniform every day (read: grey pants, black shoes, light blue shirt) and have to do the business casual thing, fret not, this advice applies to everybody. It’s fall, so switch up some darker colors like green, maroon, navy, or caramel pants and throw a different shirt at it. Add a casual tie (yes, they exist) and a unique belt and you’re turning heads in the kitchen at the office. Eventually you’ll wind up with a bunch of stuff that you can mix and match and put together, which leaves you room to experiment and try new stuff.
Photos courtesy of Seth Hardy. Modeling and styling by Seth Hardy and Jeff Kennedy.
My grandfather got this bus in a trade from someone for…something and we’ve been storing wood in it since the 70’s. It’s mostly cleaned out now, but that’s where we’ll put whatever is left over from what we cut up this year.
My grandfather built this greenhouse for my grandmother, but eventually he would use it in the fall and winter as a place to sit and drink scotch when he needed some peace and quiet. It’s fallen into a state of disrepair since he passed away, but there aren't any holes in the roof so it's still a good place to wait out a rain shower with a beer.