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

East Coast US, Travels

Ten Hours in Miami, Florida

You’d think after so many years together, Pat would know better than to leave me unsupervised with vacation planning. Apparently, he still hasn’t learned that lesson. Or maybe he secretly enjoys when I book things at 10:30pm and then he finds out about it the next morning. This was one of those things. One night… Continue reading Ten Hours in Miami, Florida

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

A while ago, I wrapped up a seven-part series on the state parks of Connecticut. And while the parks were my most common destinations, I also explored lots of other areas of the state from time to time. So, as somewhat of a wrap-up of the 6 years I spent calling Connecticut home, here's a… Continue reading 25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

East Coast US, Lists, New England

A Taste of Connecticut: Beer Edition

I didn’t used to like beer. At all. But somewhere along the way, as everyone always told me I would, I acquired a taste for it. People keep telling me that about wine, too, but that’s not going so well. But somehow I’ve turned into a total beer person. Pat’s dad and stepmom also enjoy… Continue reading A Taste of Connecticut: Beer Edition

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

Labor Day Weekend at Cape Cod National Seashore

I’d been wanting to make it up Cape Cod since the day I moved to Connecticut, but for some reason it never happened. I did make it part way out once, to approximately the “elbow,” for a bachelorette party. (Ask anyone from New England where something is located on Cape Cod and they’ll hold up… Continue reading Labor Day Weekend at Cape Cod National Seashore