Devin in front of waterfall in Iceland

I'm Devin Reams and I help with sales at GitHub. I'm sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

Lessons learned moving away from home

Rachel and I packed up and spent six months in Portland, Maine this past fall and winter. In case you missed it: we had two opportunities to see a lot of the country we hadn't before (driving our east and driving back home). We also made the most of a very snowy winter and kept running, skiing, and hiking.

Driving home to Colorado from Maine →

As Maine started to thaw out and the seven-foot snow pile melted down to three, Rachel and I packed our Prius :car: and aimed for Colorado.

Our fall and winter adventure was coming to an end but we still had one adventure left: driving cross country again. This time we opted to quickly see some different sights and new (to some of us) towns:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Washington D.C
  • Lexington and Louisville, KY
  • St. Louis, MO and
  • Kansas City, MO

Some highlights included:

  • seeing the historic Liberty Bell :bell:
  • eating authentic cheesesteaks at Jim's :hamburger:
  • running to (near, and not up, it's a long story..) the "Rocky Steps" :runner:
  • sipping some rare brews at Monk's Cafe :beer:
  • eating crab for lunch in Maryland :fish:
  • driving by the NSA headquarters :mag:
  • running around downtown Lexington and seeing the Mary-Todd Lincoln house :tophat:
  • driving (and tasting) our way through Bourbon County, Kentucky :cocktail:
  • visiting Churchill Downs :horse:
  • watching KU practice before the NCAA Championships started :basketball:
  • watching how bats are made at the Louisville Slugger Museum :baseball:
  • waving to the Gateway Arch as we drove past St. Louis :wave:
  • eating delicious BBQ in Kansas City :meat_on_bone:

We had a great time and made it back home to Denver in six (short?) days. Check out our photos from driving home across the country over at Exposure.

Winter in Maine →

This winter, in Maine, we got about as much snow as Boston did. This led to plenty of shoveling, consecutive days spent only indoors, and some fun pictures around town.

Check out my photos from spending winter in Maine over at Exposure.

Photos from running around Portland, Maine →

Since we spent all fall and all winter in Portland, Maine, I came to learn how "a little weather" should never stop me from getting outside and being active.

We had a great time getting to know a new city and running a couple minutes a few times a week was one of the best ways to cover a lot of ground, intimately. Check out my photos from running around Portland over at Exposure.

Year in Review: 2014

When looking back on the past year I've realized what a fun, crazy, busy and privileged life I lead in 2014. I consider myself very lucky to have the experiences and opportunities I've had: I started working for GitHub, Rachel and I enjoyed some great trips together, and we temporarily moved across the country from Denver to Portland, Maine...

Graciasgiving →

Rachel's family offered to take everyone to Cancún for Thanksgiving. Check out some photos from our beach vacation in Mexico over at Exposure.

Photos from visiting Bog Brook Cove →

Having been in Maine for a couple weekends, we were really enjoying the amazing fall weather. It was still warm and the trees were beautiful.

We headed up towards Lubec to see an old family friend and stay with her at her family cabin on the coast. The amazing weather continued and we had a great time sitting out and watching the water, poking around Lubec and Campobello island, hiking, and visiting lighthouses.

We had an amazing weekend and continued the streak of great experiences during our adventure in Maine. Be sure to check out my photos from visiting Bog Brook Cove over at Exposure.

Photos from camping at Mount Blue State Park →

After we crossed the border into Maine we aimed towards Weld and Mount Blue State Park. The plan was to meet a group of friends at the park for a weekend of relaxing and camping.

We drove through the park and saw wild turkeys along with an amazing sunset from high on the hill.

The next morning we woke up to our private beach and acres of forest all to ourselves.

It was a beautiful location and a great way to kick-off our little adventure in Maine. Be sure to check out my photos from camping at Mount Blue State Park over at Exposure.

Photos from our road trip to Maine →

Our plan was to have a little "adventure" and move away from Denver for a little while. We planned a trip to Maine to coincide with The Monktoberfest, my must-attend conference for the last four years straight. Instead of flying, this time we'd pack up the car with whatever we could grab and stay in Portland for a while.

The first day, Tuesday, was tough. We started at 4 AM and made it to Chicago around 9 PM.

We took Wednesday off (of driving) to poke around and enjoy my birthday.

Thursday we drove all day to Niagara Falls and made it just before the sun set.

We made it through New York by lunch on Friday. By 6 PM we made it through Vermont, past New Hampshire and were parked at our camp site in Maine.

It was a lot of driving but also a lot of country I had never seen before. Be sure to check out my photos driving east to Maine over at Exposure.

Photos from Lake Powell →

As the summer started to come to an end, a group of us took advantage of a deal to rent a houseboat at Lake Powell for a few days.

We left in the afternoon on a Thursday, drove almost all the way to the Bullfrog Marina in Utah, spent the night in a motel, and then woke up early on Friday and checked out our boats.

We set out with no particular plan in mind on Friday. After taking a break to swim, we looked for a place to park the boat off in a canyon. From there we could take the motorboat out to do some tubing, fishing, and sight seeing.

We enjoyed afternoons of relaxing in floating rafts, enjoying some beverages, sliding off the slide, and soaking in some sun.

It was a nice "off the grid" weekend and great scenery as always (this was my third trip to Lake Powell). Be sure to Check out my photos from Lake Powell over at Exposure.

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