About me, Midwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Eastward Bound (part I) – Montana to Indiana

August 10, 2012: Moving Day. I don't think it had hit me yet that I would be spending the next few years of my life in Connecticut. I'd never been there before. I'd never been anywhere in the northeast. All I had was warnings from various people that northeasterners are rude and everyone has a Boston… Continue reading Eastward Bound (part I) – Montana to Indiana

Travels

Favorite Destinations: Waterfall Edition

In keeping with my list-making theme, I’ve decided to start a favorite destinations series of posts. I’ve previously talked about some of my favorite hikes and my favorite national parks, so today I thought I’d branch out a little bit and talk about my favorite waterfalls. For the most part, these aren’t the tallest waterfalls… Continue reading Favorite Destinations: Waterfall Edition

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

That time I willingly jumped into 55°F water – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (part II)

Day 2 at Crater Lake dawned clear and calm, which was perfect because this was the day we’d been waiting for – boat tour day! We’d hemmed and hawed over this for quite a while because the $42 per person tickets didn’t really fit in with our MO of budget travel. But in the end, […]

About me, Uncategorized

Sunshine Blogger Award III

I think I've set a new record here for longest time taken to accept an award. Image Earth Travel nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award about 9 months ago. I started answering the questions, saved it as a draft, and completely forgot about it. Oops. But now that I've stumbled across it, I should… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award III

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Crystal Clear – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (part I)

After leaving the Columbia River Gorge, we turned south at Hood River, OR and began the 4.5-hour journey to Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake was formed about 7,000 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted so violently that it collapsed. The top of the mountain was blown off and what remained formed a caldera that… Continue reading Crystal Clear – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (part I)

Travels, West Coast US

“Gorge”ous – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Highway, Oregon

After four fabulous days exploring Mount Rainier National Park, we packed up our car and headed off. It was a bittersweet parting; I was sad to leave when so much of the park remained unexplored but also excited for our next destination: Crater Lake! After much cajoling on my part (and some whining – not… Continue reading “Gorge”ous – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Highway, Oregon

Canada, Canadian Rockies, Lists, Travels

Happy 150th Anniversary to Canada!

July 1st marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. To celebrate, among other things, admission to all Canadian National Parks is free for 2017. And to celebrate here on Handstands Around the World, I’ve put together a list of my favorite Parks Canada sites. This is also conveniently my 100th post! I'm always… Continue reading Happy 150th Anniversary to Canada!