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

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

Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

It's ridiculous, really, how successful I've been at procrastinating writing this post. I'm not sure why. I think I just haven't been in the mood to write about New England now that I'm surrounded by the mountains of Colorado. But as I sit down to finally finish this, it's cold and snowy and I can't… Continue reading Witches, ships, pirates, and beer – Salem, Massachusetts

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VII)

A couple months ago, I spent some time discussing the parks along the western half of the Connecticut shoreline. Well, today it’s time to focus on the eastern half, using the city of New Haven as the dividing line. This selection of parks includes two old forts, a beautiful mansion and gardens, and what is –… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part VII)

Montana, Travels

El Hoompo de Boofalo

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park – or, as Pat called it in a failed attempt to speak Spanish, 'El Hoompo de Boofalo' – is located near Three Forks, Montana, 7 miles (11 km) off I-90 on a gravel road. The park itself is very tiny – just 1 square mile – but it’s full of… Continue reading El Hoompo de Boofalo

Montana, Travels

Gold Rush! – Bannack State Park, Montana

When people find out I’m from Montana, I’ve come to expect a certain variety of questions: Do I ride horses? Have I ever shot a gun? Do I own cowboy boots? Did I grow up on a farm? And – sometimes – do we have cell phones and internet way out there? The answers: no,… Continue reading Gold Rush! – Bannack State Park, Montana

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