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

An Homage to American Art – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire & Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut

There are only two National Park Service sites in the US that are devoted to art – one celebrates a famous sculptor, and the other a famous painter. Without really doing any research, my mom and I coincidentally ended up visiting both of them in the same week. In late June of 2017, my mom,… Continue reading An Homage to American Art – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire & Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut

Northeastern US, Travels

Tri-State Adventures – Taconic State Park, New York

As spring of 2017 rolled around, I began to realize that we had just over a year left in Connecticut, very little vacation time (Pat was still in school), and far more than a year’s worth of adventures left on my New England to-do list. Memorial Day Weekend isn’t always the best time to travel… Continue reading Tri-State Adventures – Taconic State Park, New York

Midwestern US, Travels

Fourth Time is the Charm – Chicago, Illinois

I’ve previously written about my travels to the annual Experimental Biology conference in Boston and San Diego – trips that were a combination of science and exploring. In 2017, the conference was held in Chicago and, I must admit, I went into the trip with fairly low expectations. You see, my previous experiences in Chicago consisted… Continue reading Fourth Time is the Charm – Chicago, Illinois

East Coast US, New England, Travels

That time I climbed a frozen waterfall!

The one thing I miss about being a student is the discounted adventure opportunities. The University of Connecticut Outdoors Center hosted various weekend outings, such as cross-country skiing, rock climbing, paddleboarding, and hiking. Throughout our time in grad school, Pat and I participated in many of these activities. And though I enjoyed them all, my… Continue reading That time I climbed a frozen waterfall!

East Coast US, New England, Travels

A Taste of Vermont

When I say ‘food’ and ‘Vermont’ in the same sentence, I’m guessing the first thing that comes to mind for many of you is maple syrup. It’s probably what Vermont is most known for, food wise. But I actually don’t like maple syrup – which, by the way, is pronounced “SEER-up” in New England –… Continue reading A Taste of Vermont

East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield

Labor Day weekend 2016 was finally upon us, and Pat and I had an exciting goal to accomplish: summiting the highest point in Vermont. The weather forecast was solid and we’d climbed the highest mountain in Massachusetts the weekend before in preparation. We were ready for this! Mount Mansfield rises to an elevation of 4393… Continue reading On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield

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