A Weekend in Maine: Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and More

Rangeley, ME

I’m back! I haven’t have internet access since Thursday because I’ve been up at my parents’ house in Maine, and wow—nothing like having no internet access or cell service to make me realize how pathetically addicted to my iPhone I am. But it’s good to unplug every now and then, and I had an amazing time up in Rangeley playing in the snow. I shared most of these pictures on my Instagram (@nicoleperr), but I wanted to post them here as well.

Rangeley, Maine

I grew up skiing, but have always envisioned myself as a badass snowboarder, so this year I decided to commit to the switch. Saddleback Mountain has a perfect run for beginners, so it couldn’t have been a better time to learn. We went Friday morning and Sunday morning, and just in those two sessions I feel like I’ve improved tenfold. Watch your back, Gretchen Bleiler, I’m gunning for you at the next X Games!

Saddleback Mountain chair lifts

The one thing that is holding me back in becoming the badass snowboarder babe I was destined to become is getting off the chairlift. WHY IS IT SO HARD ON A SNOWBOARD?? I had a 95% face-plant rate on Day 1 and an 80% face-plant rate on Day 2. Not the improvement margin I was hoping for. I do, however, truly believe that my snowboarding skills will improve faster if I buy cuter gear. My dad didn’t agree with this theory.

Snowmobiling on Rangeley Lake

On Saturday I went on a 30-mile snowmobiling ride to benefit cystic fibrosis. It started and ended on frozen lakes and the rest was through trails in the woods. The long ride was fun, but I think my favorite use of our snowmobiles will be taking them into town to the bars. Just sayin’…

Rangeley, ME

I’ll be heading back to Maine this coming weekend, so you’ll have to bear with me—the weekends are when I work on this blog, so being in a no-internet, no-phone no-man’s-land two weeks in a row is going to make updating Pumps & Iron difficult.

Rangeley, Maine

On a complete side note, I’m going dairy-free for the next 30 days in an attempt to clear up my skin. While I shouldn’t complain—on the spectrum of acne and breakouts, I’ve been lucky—I’m in my twenties now and damnit I want clear skin. Diet is a HUGE factor in a healthy, clear complexion, and a lot of issues can be remedied by either cutting back on something you’re overdoing or incorporating something you’re lacking into your diet.

I eat a lot—I mean, A LOT—of cheese (and ice cream), so I have a sneaking suspicion it might be the dark spot in my diet. Not to mention that the majority of humans can’t even properly process dairy products. Will I never eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s again? Will I never munch on cheese and crackers again? Have I had my last cup of yogurt? Hell no. This is just an experiment to see how going dairy-free will affect my skin. I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes, but it will probably look something like this:

Day 1: This is easy!
Day 2: Still going strong!
Day 3: Saw a block of cheese in a friend’s refrigerator and started crying.
Day 4: So you’re telling me milk chocolate has…milk…in it?? Bullshit.
Day 5: Had a dream about Ben & Jerry’s last night. Woke up in a cold sweat with tears streaming down my face.
Day 6: Ifuckingquit.


  1. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of Maine!
    Do you by chance follow Ruth Crilly’s “A Model Recommends” blog/YouTube channel? She posted a couple entries recently about her experiment with giving up dairy to clear her skin. I am wondering if it is coincidence that my favorite bloggers are posting about this.

  2. No cheese? I could do with no milk or yogurt but c.h.e.e.s.e.? You brave soul. I’m impressed with you making it 5 days!

  3. Beautiful pictures. I love Maine. I usually go up in the Summer to get away and it is great to be out of touch with society for a little bit.

  4. I absolutely love your posts. I love that you are all about working out, but also love to go out and have a few drinks.

    Also, I’ve tried the dairy free thing for my face before too.. it actually works, but then i miss yogurt, and mmmm chocolate.

    I decided I’m trying it again though….as soon as valentines day is over with so i can have a few more pieces of chocolate..why not?? 🙂

  5. Snowmobiling looks awesome. That’s how your supposed to spend a good winter!

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