I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a travel blog for a long time now, but I always manage to talk myself out of it. Maybe because I haven’t quit my job to travel the world for a year. I haven’t even really traveled the world, though I have traveled quite extensively within the US and Canada. And maybe someday I’ll be that person who leaves everything behind and goes on the adventure of a lifetime. But for right now, my boyfriend (Pat) and I are broke grad students with an ever-growing list of destinations and neither the time nor the money to actually visit any of them. Nevertheless, we make the most of what little time and money we do have to venture out locally and see as much as we can.
Growing up, my family didn’t have a ton of money, so we never went to Disneyland or Hawaii or Europe for our family vacations. We went camping. Weekends, holidays, and every summer for two weeks or so, we’d pack up the old station wagon and head off to a new (or old favorite) destination. I grew up in southwest Montana, surrounded by mountains and lakes, ninety minutes from Yellowstone National Park and a day’s drive to the national parks of Colorado, Utah, and Washington, so there was never a shortage of places to go. I mean, I lived there for 21 years and I’ve still barely scratched the surface.
Three years ago, I relocated to New England for grad school, and while I spend most of my days in mountain withdrawal (I’m sorry, but Connecticut “mountains” are not mountains), I’ve also visited so many places I never thought I’d go. Prince Edward Island, for example. And I realized that even though I’m not embarking upon an epic world adventure any time soon, I’m still a traveler. I go places and hike and camp and take pictures, and I want to share those with whoever happens to stumble across this blog. I also want to provide insight and information about the places I’ve visited. And hopefully along the way, I can inspire at least one person to get out there and experience the beauty that nature has to offer.