East Coast US, Travels, US National Parks

Appalachian Adventures, part II: Great Smoky Mountains National Park & the Blue Ridge Parkway

After returning from our three days on the AT, we headed off for the final couple days of our trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This was actually a last-minute addition… as my uncle explained in last week’s post, our original plan was for a longer backpacking trip, but that went up in flames… Continue reading Appalachian Adventures, part II: Great Smoky Mountains National Park & the Blue Ridge Parkway

East Coast US, Travels

Appalachian Adventures, part I: backpacking the Standing Indian Loop in North Carolina

I’ve never been much of a backpacker. I went about 3 times as a kid with my dad but – as you know if you’ve followed me for a while – he and I don’t get along. We never did. The result is that my sister and I wound up hating almost everything he ever… Continue reading Appalachian Adventures, part I: backpacking the Standing Indian Loop in North Carolina

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Last week, I recounted the first half of our trip to Germany in May 2018. Today, I’ll pick up where I left off, which was in the town of Koblenz. Two days of biking down, two days to go! From Koblenz, we headed north towards our destination of Bad Honnef, a 57 km (35 mile)… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part II: Koblenz to Köln

Europe, Travels

Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated biking. Suffice it to say I had far too many bad childhood experiences for me to enjoy it. So when I moved away for college, I left my bike in my mom’s garage and really never looked back. But there always comes a point where it’s… Continue reading Exploring Germany on Two Wheels, part I: Ludwigshafen to Koblenz

Northeastern US, Travels

Springtime in the Adirondacks

It was March 2018, and reality was really starting to catch up to us as we searched for apartments in Denver and collected quotes from moving companies and I began spending all my free time applying for jobs. But the most pressing matter (priorities, right?) was that our “Before We Leave CT” to-do list still… Continue reading Springtime in the Adirondacks

East Coast US, Travels

Ten Hours in Miami, Florida

You’d think after so many years together, Pat would know better than to leave me unsupervised with vacation planning. Apparently, he still hasn’t learned that lesson. Or maybe he secretly enjoys when I book things at 10:30pm and then he finds out about it the next morning. This was one of those things. One night… Continue reading Ten Hours in Miami, Florida

Central America, Travels

Volcán Arenal & Tabacón Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Aside from its beaches (which we didn’t get to visit but which we will hopefully be back for soon), probably the most obvious thing to do in Costa Rica is to visit a volcano. Costa Rica has 6 active volcanoes, the most visited of which is Arenal. Located in the province of Alajuela, it’s easily… Continue reading Volcán Arenal & Tabacón Hot Springs, Costa Rica