East Coast US, Travels, US National Parks

World Capitals: Washington, DC

Welcome to post #2 in my world capitals series, and happy (early) 4th of July to all my American readers! Seems appropriate to celebrate the holiday with stories of my time spent in our nation's capital. You’d think the capital of my home country would’ve been post #1. It was, after all, the first national… Continue reading World Capitals: Washington, DC

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Extravagance on display in Newport, Rhode Island

Next up in the continuing saga of Diana’s obsession with Groupon: a trip to Newport, Rhode Island, which began when I found a $49 per night hotel stay. And this wasn’t some crappy hotel. It was clean, three minutes from the beach, and that price got us a king-sized suite for the night! (Of course,… Continue reading Extravagance on display in Newport, Rhode Island

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part V)

Well, it’s time for another post exploring the state parks of Connecticut. Today’s post will congregate around the western half of the Connecticut coast. Connecticut doesn’t have the best coastline – especially compared to the beaches of Massachusetts and Rhode Island or the waves of the open ocean – but there are some pretty stretches… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part V)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Fossils + camping on the shores of Lake Champlain – Grand Isle, Vermont

After a fun but rainy few days in Canada, we crossed back into our home country for the final days of our vacation. Customs was deserted so it was a quick border crossing, leaving us most of the day to meander through northern Vermont. We crossed part of Lake Champlain on the Korean War Veterans… Continue reading Fossils + camping on the shores of Lake Champlain – Grand Isle, Vermont

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

When I first started this Connecticut State Parks series, I was thinking it would be 3 or 4 posts long. Turns out I drastically underestimated the number of state parks Pat and I have been to. I’m actually pretty impressed with us – the number is somewhere around 35. But what’s even more impressive is… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)

In June of 2014, Pat and I passed an important milestone for any adventurous couple – surviving our first camping trip together! It was a fairly last-minute decision, and we didn’t even have our own camping gear at this point. But we wanted to get out and explore, so we managed to borrow what we… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

I haven’t decided yet if I’m a High-Pointer – that is, a person who sets the goal of standing atop the highest point in each state. The part of me that’s drawn to superlatives (the tallest, oldest, etc.) loves the idea. The part of me that enjoys making lists and crossing things off of lists… Continue reading On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain