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Landmark on the Oregon Trail – Scott’s Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

Back in May, Chelsea and I headed to the Dakotas for a long weekend to do some highpointing. Since we were driving all the way up there, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to detour through Nebraska along the way and visit some national monuments in the western part of the state. Our… Continue reading Landmark on the Oregon Trail – Scott’s Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

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On Top of Oklahoma: Black Mesa

When we told people we were heading to Oklahoma for the weekend, the typical response was a raised eyebrow followed by a confused “why?” In their defense, it’s not exactly a hopping travel destination, especially the panhandle region. But aside from the fact that I had the entire soundtrack of Oklahoma! stuck in my head… Continue reading On Top of Oklahoma: Black Mesa

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On Top of Kansas: Mount Sunflower

In late April of 2021, Pat and I set out for our first camping trip of the season. Our ultimate destination was the Oklahoma panhandle to climb the state high point. As it turns out, when one drives from Denver to Oklahoma there’s quite a lot to see along the way. So naturally, we stopped… Continue reading On Top of Kansas: Mount Sunflower

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On Top of Nebraska: Panorama Point

The highest point in Nebraska, Panorama Point, is located just across the border from both Colorado and Wyoming in the middle of basically nowhere. The elevation at Panorama Point is 5424 feet (1653 m) – higher than I would have expected for a plains state. But one thing differentiates this high point from most of… Continue reading On Top of Nebraska: Panorama Point

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Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

(Read part 1 of this post here) Day #5: I pride myself on being a pretty good vacation planner, but the logistics of this portion of our cross-country trip completely slipped through the cracks. I’d done my best to divide up the driving into relatively equal amounts – about 8 hours – each day. But… Continue reading Westward Bound, part II – Kentucky to Colorado

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Fourth Time is the Charm – Chicago, Illinois

I’ve previously written about my travels to the annual Experimental Biology conference in Boston and San Diego – trips that were a combination of science and exploring. In 2017, the conference was held in Chicago and, I must admit, I went into the trip with fairly low expectations. You see, my previous experiences in Chicago consisted… Continue reading Fourth Time is the Charm – Chicago, Illinois

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Diana’s Best of 2018

I know, I know. Another one of those pesky end-of-the-year lists. You’ve probably already read 1000 of them. But as a lover of lists and perpetual list-maker, I can’t pass up the opportunity to hop on the bandwagon once again this year. While my 2017 list was a summary of a somewhat low key travel… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2018

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Opt Outside

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my American readers. I hope you'll join me and many others today and #OptOutside for Black Friday. I'm so glad REI started this trend and I hope it continues to grow in the years to come. Spent my morning exploring Minnesota, where I'm currently visiting family for the holidays. Lots… Continue reading Opt Outside

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Eastward Bound (part II) – Indiana to Ontario

At the end of my last post, my mom and I were wading in Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Day 4 of our cross-country excursion, however, was the one I was most excited for. Our destination: Niagara Falls! We left Indiana early in the morning, continuing across the northern edge of the state… Continue reading Eastward Bound (part II) – Indiana to Ontario

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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