Travels, West Coast US

In which there were pandas – San Diego, California (part I)

Every year in March or April, scientists in biology-related fields converge in one place for five days to attend Experimental Biology. It’s a huge conference; the first time I walked in and saw the giant exhibit hall filled with posters and vendors, I was awestruck. I’d never seen so much science in one place. Anyway,… Continue reading In which there were pandas – San Diego, California (part I)

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

How To, Lists, Travels

How To: pitch your tent in the sand

I admit, I’ve had a lot of trouble motivating myself to sit down and write my next post, which is why you haven’t heard from me in a couple weeks. I’ve been stubbornly sticking to my original plan of writing about my adventures in chronological order, and as a person who likes things to be… Continue reading How To: pitch your tent in the sand

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, Northeastern US, Travels

New York, New York

By the time we moved out of Connecticut a couple months back, I’d lived there for 2 months shy of 6 years. And in that time, I only managed to spend about 24 hours in New York City. Total. Despite the fact that it was only 2.5 hours away. My main excuse is that it’s… Continue reading New York, New York