Northeastern US, Travels

High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

I’m a big fan of Groupon. I know I’ve mentioned this before. They have great stuff, everything from discount trips to Europe to tours of local breweries. As it turns out, they also on occasion offer discounted stays at local campgrounds, which is how this trip was born. I didn’t know at the time that… Continue reading High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

Northeastern US, Travels

Adventures in the Adirondacks – New York

Our final stop for vacation 2014 was Adirondack Park, New York. This giant park encompasses more than 6 million acres of the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, including rivers, lakes, and mountains. We had only two and a half days to spend in this area so we barely scratched the surface. But we had… Continue reading Adventures in the Adirondacks – New York

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Fossils + camping on the shores of Lake Champlain – Grand Isle, Vermont

After a fun but rainy few days in Canada, we crossed back into our home country for the final days of our vacation. Customs was deserted so it was a quick border crossing, leaving us most of the day to meander through northern Vermont. We crossed part of Lake Champlain on the Korean War Veterans… Continue reading Fossils + camping on the shores of Lake Champlain – Grand Isle, Vermont

Canada, Travels

A Meromictic Lake and a Marble Cave – Gatineau Park, Quebec

Unfortunately, our time in Bruce Peninsula was basically the last time we saw the sun for the rest of our trip. We packed up under cloudy skies and spent the next ten hours driving through torrential rain to Gatineau Park, Quebec. Gatineau (GA-ti-noh) is a National Capital Conservation Park, located across the river from the… Continue reading A Meromictic Lake and a Marble Cave – Gatineau Park, Quebec

Canada, Travels

The unexpected beauty of the Georgian Bay – Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

If I were making a list – which we all know I like to do – Bruce Peninsula National Park would be #1 on the "Most Unexpectedly Amazing Destinations" list. I began planning this vacation just like any other – pulled up Google maps, located parks in the general vicinity of where we wanted to… Continue reading The unexpected beauty of the Georgian Bay – Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

When I first started this Connecticut State Parks series, I was thinking it would be 3 or 4 posts long. Turns out I drastically underestimated the number of state parks Pat and I have been to. I’m actually pretty impressed with us – the number is somewhere around 35. But what’s even more impressive is… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)

In June of 2014, Pat and I passed an important milestone for any adventurous couple – surviving our first camping trip together! It was a fairly last-minute decision, and we didn’t even have our own camping gear at this point. But we wanted to get out and explore, so we managed to borrow what we… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part III)