Colorado, Travels, US National Parks

Shadows of the Past – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

When I mention giant redwood trees, Sequoia National Park and California are probably two of the first places that come to mind. But if I’d mentioned giant redwood trees about 34 million years ago, you’d most likely be thinking of Colorado instead! Thirty-four million years ago, what is now the Florissant Valley in the Rocky… Continue reading Shadows of the Past – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

About me, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I hadn’t planned to spend so many years in Connecticut. And I certainly never expected that I’d be sad to leave. Admittedly, I wasn’t sad to leave behind the humidity and the brutal winters and the traffic and the rude drivers (because yes, New England drivers really are… Continue reading Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

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

Central America, Travels

World Capitals: San José, Costa Rica

Alternate title: In Which Diana FINALLY Gets a Stamp in Her Passport! Welcome to the third installment of my World Capitals series. Today’s post is all about the highly contradictory capital of Costa Rica. Our trip to Costa Rica began with our mid-day arrival at the airport in Connecticut, meaning we didn’t land in San… Continue reading World Capitals: San José, Costa Rica

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

A while ago, I wrapped up a seven-part series on the state parks of Connecticut. And while the parks were my most common destinations, I also explored lots of other areas of the state from time to time. So, as somewhat of a wrap-up of the 6 years I spent calling Connecticut home, here's a… Continue reading 25 ways to spend a day in Connecticut

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