Midwestern US, Travels

Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

(Read part 1 of this post here) Day #5: I pride myself on being a pretty good vacation planner, but the logistics of this portion of our cross-country trip completely slipped through the cracks. I’d done my best to divide up the driving into relatively equal amounts – about 8 hours – each day. But… Continue reading Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

About me, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I hadn’t planned to spend so many years in Connecticut. And I certainly never expected that I’d be sad to leave. Admittedly, I wasn’t sad to leave behind the humidity and the brutal winters and the traffic and the rude drivers (because yes, New England drivers really are… Continue reading Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

East Coast US, Travels, US National Parks

On Top Of: Tennessee & North Carolina

During the course of our two days in the Smoky Mountains – in addition to all the hikes I talked about in last week’s post – I managed to check two more state high points off my list. Admittedly, not in the “proper” way. After all, to be a high pointer don’t you have to… Continue reading On Top Of: Tennessee & North Carolina

East Coast US, Travels, US National Parks

Appalachian Adventures, part II: Great Smoky Mountains National Park & the Blue Ridge Parkway

After returning from our three days on the AT, we headed off for the final couple days of our trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This was actually a last-minute addition… as my uncle explained in last week’s post, our original plan was for a longer backpacking trip, but that went up in flames… Continue reading Appalachian Adventures, part II: Great Smoky Mountains National Park & the Blue Ridge Parkway

East Coast US, Travels

Appalachian Adventures, part I: backpacking the Standing Indian Loop in North Carolina

I’ve never been much of a backpacker. I went about 3 times as a kid with my dad but – as you know if you’ve followed me for a while – he and I don’t get along. We never did. The result is that my sister and I wound up hating almost everything he ever… Continue reading Appalachian Adventures, part I: backpacking the Standing Indian Loop in North Carolina

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Last week, I recounted the first half of our trip to Germany in May 2018. Today, I’ll pick up where I left off, which was in the town of Koblenz. Two days of biking down, two days to go! From Koblenz, we headed north towards our destination of Bad Honnef, a 57 km (35 mile)… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated biking. Suffice it to say I had far too many bad childhood experiences for me to enjoy it. So when I moved away for college, I left my bike in my mom’s garage and really never looked back. But there always comes a point where it’s… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz