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

Canada, Canadian Rockies, Travels

Crypt Lake – Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

If you’ve ever hiked to Crypt Lake, you’ll understand why it’s on my All-Time Favorite Hikes list. If you haven’t, you should definitely add it to your to-do list. It’s also high on the list of the most challenging hikes I've ever done. It’s incredibly difficult but also incredibly – well – incredible. It’s the entire reason my… Continue reading Crypt Lake – Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Canada, Canadian Rockies, Travels

Over the Divide – Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

After two weeks exploring Montana and Yellowstone with me, it was time for Pat to head back to Connecticut. Fortunately, I had a bit more vacation time and was able to stick around Montana for an extra week and squeeze in a little more adventuring. And so my mom and I loaded up the car and… Continue reading Over the Divide – Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Montana, Travels

El Hoompo de Boofalo

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park – or, as Pat called it in a failed attempt to speak Spanish, 'El Hoompo de Boofalo' – is located near Three Forks, Montana, 7 miles (11 km) off I-90 on a gravel road. The park itself is very tiny – just 1 square mile – but it’s full of… Continue reading El Hoompo de Boofalo

Montana, Travels

Gold Rush! – Bannack State Park, Montana

When people find out I’m from Montana, I’ve come to expect a certain variety of questions: Do I ride horses? Have I ever shot a gun? Do I own cowboy boots? Did I grow up on a farm? And – sometimes – do we have cell phones and internet way out there? The answers: no,… Continue reading Gold Rush! – Bannack State Park, Montana

Montana, Travels

Under the Big Sky – Beehive Basin, Montana

After spending our first few days in Montana showing Pat the local highlights, we set out to accomplish an important goal: taking him up into the mountains that he'd been oohing and aahing at since his arrival. My mom and sister had previously hiked to Beehive Basin and very much enjoyed it, so we decided… Continue reading Under the Big Sky – Beehive Basin, Montana