Travels, US National Parks, Northeastern US

The Gap (no, not the clothing store) – Delaware Water Gap National Rec Area (part I)

For Memorial Weekend 2016, Pat and I packed up the car and headed off to explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Contrary to what its name may suggest, it’s not located in Delaware. Rather, the park encompasses the Middle Delaware River, which forms the border between southeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey.  From… Continue reading The Gap (no, not the clothing store) – Delaware Water Gap National Rec Area (part I)

Travels, West Coast US

Where Desert Meets Ocean – San Diego, California (part II)

My next couple days in San Diego were mostly filled with conference-y stuff; attending talks and poster sessions, presenting my own poster, etc. But we did still manage to find some excellent restaurants. The Gaslamp Quarter is full of places to eat, so you’ll never go hungry. For breakfasts/brunches, we ate at Chocolat, Opera Caffe,… Continue reading Where Desert Meets Ocean – San Diego, California (part II)

Travels, West Coast US

In which there were pandas – San Diego, California (part I)

Every year in March or April, scientists in biology-related fields converge in one place for five days to attend Experimental Biology. It’s a huge conference; the first time I walked in and saw the giant exhibit hall filled with posters and vendors, I was awestruck. I’d never seen so much science in one place. Anyway,… Continue reading In which there were pandas – San Diego, California (part I)

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels

History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont

It took me 3 years of living in New England to realize that spring and fall are by far the best times to travel. Summer is hot and humid and everything is crowded. Winter is cold and miserable. But in spring and fall, the weather is usually decent, crowds are drastically diminished, and entrance fees… Continue reading History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

It's ridiculous, really, how successful I've been at procrastinating writing this post. I'm not sure why. I think I just haven't been in the mood to write about New England now that I'm surrounded by the mountains of Colorado. But as I sit down to finally finish this, it's cold and snowy and I can't… Continue reading Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

How To, Lists, Travels

How To: pitch your tent in the sand

I admit, I’ve had a lot of trouble motivating myself to sit down and write my next post, which is why you haven’t heard from me in a couple weeks. I’ve been stubbornly sticking to my original plan of writing about my adventures in chronological order, and as a person who likes things to be… Continue reading How To: pitch your tent in the sand