East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

Today, we return to the “On Top Of” series I began a while back as I recount our hike up the highest point in Massachusetts: Mount Greylock! With an elevation of 3491 feet (1064 m), Mount Greylock is much taller than either of the previous state high points we’d conquered (Connecticut and Rhode Island). It… Continue reading On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels

History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont

It took me 3 years of living in New England to realize that spring and fall are by far the best times to travel. Summer is hot and humid and everything is crowded. Winter is cold and miserable. But in spring and fall, the weather is usually decent, crowds are drastically diminished, and entrance fees… Continue reading History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont

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

Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

It's ridiculous, really, how successful I've been at procrastinating writing this post. I'm not sure why. I think I just haven't been in the mood to write about New England now that I'm surrounded by the mountains of Colorado. But as I sit down to finally finish this, it's cold and snowy and I can't… Continue reading Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VII)

A couple months ago, I spent some time discussing the parks along the western half of the Connecticut shoreline. Well, today it’s time to focus on the eastern half, using the city of New Haven as the dividing line. This selection of parks includes two old forts, a beautiful mansion and gardens, and what is –… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VII)

East Coast US, New England

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VI)

It’s been a while, but it's time for the next Connecticut State Parks post! There will probably be only one more after this, as I’ve finally almost made it through the list of parks I visited in my six years in Connecticut. The first four parks in today’s post Pat and I actually visited in the… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VI)

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)