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

Northeastern US, Travels

Exploring beautiful Lake George, New York

In summer 2014, a friend of mine went to Lake George and posted photos of the trip on Facebook. She and her family had hiked up to a high point and the view from the top was of a large blue lake dotted with luscious green islands. I went home that day and added Lake… Continue reading Exploring beautiful Lake George, New York

East Coast US, Travels

Historic Architecture, Torrential Rains, and Flooded Streets – Charleston, South Carolina

After loading up on tea and filling our brains with tea-related facts, we hopped back on the road and continued our drive to Charleston. On the way, we made a brief stop at the Angel Oak – a giant southern live oak tree that's 66 feet (20 m) tall, 28 feet (8.5 m) around, and… Continue reading Historic Architecture, Torrential Rains, and Flooded Streets – Charleston, South Carolina

Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Grey Towers National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

Otherwise known as the Gifford Pinchot House, Grey Towers is the historic stone house that once belonged to Gifford Pinchot, a two-time governor of Pennsylvania and first ever chief of the US Forest Service. The house – or, rather, mansion – is built in a French architectural style as an homage to the Pinchot family’s… Continue reading Grey Towers National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

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)

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels

History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont

It took me 3 years of living in New England to realize that spring and fall are by far the best times to travel. Summer is hot and humid and everything is crowded. Winter is cold and miserable. But in spring and fall, the weather is usually decent, crowds are drastically diminished, and entrance fees… Continue reading History, Pottery, and Covered Bridges –Bennington, Vermont