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Dispatch: 24 Hours of Adventure in Portland, Maine

Aaron McHugh

I’m down to four states left to visit in the US, Maine was number five. Between two client engagements, one in Maine and the second in Connecticut, I chose to plan a down day in Maine for twenty-four hours. Originally I’d intended to drive to Acadia National Park, three plus hours north, but I was too tired to spend all day in the car. I had a great day of rest, adventure and play. I share these stories with you, my comrades, knowing that you also face similar challenges in integrating your work life and play together.

Portland Head Light

Commissioned by George Washington in 1791, this is Maine’s most photographed lighthouse. Active today, shining it’s high beam across Cape Elizabeth.

One of Maine’s 10 Best Lighthouse list.

Portland Head Light, the first tower commissioned by George Washington in 1791, is a working beacon today, as are at least 59 others.

Breakwater Lighthouse

Modeled after a citadel guardian from the Acropolis of Athen, Breakwater Lighthouse sits across the bay from Portland, ME.

Located in Bug Light Park in South Portland, ME.

Exploring Casco Bay with Portland Paddle

Sea kayaking is tough to find living in Colorado and I’ve fallen in love. From Orcas Island, Hawaii, Scotland, and the Sea of Cortez, MX sea kayaking is incredibly accessible and #microadventure friendly. Portlandpaddle set me up in fifteen minutes with a full sea-worthy kayak, skirt, laminated map, PFD and drybag for $25 x hour. SUP options, kayak tours and big adventures all staged from Portland’s East End Beach.

Portland Paddle friend and aloha ambassador. Thanks guys.
Looking back towards shore, the Casco Bay has lots of friendly options or bigger adventures like paddling to neighboring islands.