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

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Maritime Explorations – USS Nautilus Submarine, Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship, and Mystic Seaport

Pat really likes boats. Not as much as he likes blimps…which is a story for another time. But his inner child gets really excited about boats. (Truthfully, mine does too.) So I planned a nautical-themed day for us on the Connecticut coast. And I have to admit, I very much enjoyed it as well. Stop… Continue reading Maritime Explorations – USS Nautilus Submarine, Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship, and Mystic Seaport

East Coast US, New England, Travels

A City of Firsts – Plymouth, Massachusetts

Fall semester of 2013 was a busy one, so aside from my Providence getaway I didn’t do much traveling. Once the holiday break arrived, I still had to stick around for a few days to take care of some things before heading home to Montana. However, not having classes or homework meant I had more… Continue reading A City of Firsts – Plymouth, Massachusetts

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels

Sightseeing and History in Boston, Massachusetts

When I was a kid, our vacations rarely included cities. Aside from stopping to gas up and restock our cooler, we usually just stayed out in nature. And while nature is always going to be my preferred destination, in recent years I've been able to spend some time visiting some US cities. And I've realized that… Continue reading Sightseeing and History in Boston, Massachusetts

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

Custer’s Last Stand – Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

Our final stop on summer vacation 2011 was back in my home state: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, MT. This is the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn - also known as Custer's Last Stand - which took place in June 1876. At this location 140 years ago, General George Armstrong Custer and… Continue reading Custer’s Last Stand – Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Up on Top – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part III)

The remainder of our time at Mesa Verde was spent exploring the rest of the Chapin Mesa area. The end of Chapin Mesa Road splits into three short loops. One leads to Cliff Palace and Balcony House, the second is the Mesa Top loop, and the third is the Spruce Tree Terrace loop. After completing… Continue reading Up on Top – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part III)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Life on the edge of a cliff – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part II)

Most people don’t know this about me, but one of my majors in college was anthropology. Granted, it was anthropology with a biological focus. But I still took all of the introductory classes, including archaeology. In fact, I initially went into the field of anthropology because I wanted to be an archaeologist. Obviously I changed… Continue reading Life on the edge of a cliff – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part II)