Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Welcome, once again, to my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! If you’re only in Rocky Mountain for a day or two, or you’re visiting from lower elevation, this is my #1 hiking recommendation for you! It’s not terribly long, not too steep, and at a lower elevation than most of the other park destinations.… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

Welcome to hike #2 in my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! Rocky Mountain operates a free shuttle system from May to October that allows you to leave your car in Estes Park or at the Park-n-Ride inside the park boundary and take the bus to the trailheads, eliminating the stress of arriving at 6:00am… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

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

Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

It’s Raining Caterpillars – Delaware Water Gap National Rec Area (part II)

On our final day at Delaware Water Gap, we headed back over to the New Jersey side of the river. We’d seen waterfalls, the river, and mountains – now it was time for some lakes! The New Jersey side of the park is accessed via winding back roads that aren’t always well-marked. At one point,… Continue reading It’s Raining Caterpillars – Delaware Water Gap National Rec Area (part II)

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