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

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

Northeastern US, Travels

High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

I’m a big fan of Groupon. I know I’ve mentioned this before. They have great stuff, everything from discount trips to Europe to tours of local breweries. As it turns out, they also on occasion offer discounted stays at local campgrounds, which is how this trip was born. I didn’t know at the time that… Continue reading High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

Southwestern US, Travels

Lemurs, Lavender, and Palm Trees: Texas + a (not so) quick layover in Orlando

In May 2015, my sister was graduating from college in Dallas (with all the honors, she’s super smart!) so I headed to Texas for a few days for the ceremony and to visit my aunt and uncle who live in the area. My mom, grandma, and another aunt also made the trip, so it was… Continue reading Lemurs, Lavender, and Palm Trees: Texas + a (not so) quick layover in Orlando

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)

Northeastern US, Travels

Adventures in the Adirondacks – New York

Our final stop for vacation 2014 was Adirondack Park, New York. This giant park encompasses more than 6 million acres of the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, including rivers, lakes, and mountains. We had only two and a half days to spend in this area so we barely scratched the surface. But we had… Continue reading Adventures in the Adirondacks – New York