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)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

An Impromptu Swim – Glacier National Park, Montana (part VII)

Are you sick of reading about Glacier yet? No? Good, because I never really get sick of talking about it. Lucky for me, Pat really wants to go to Glacier and has been enjoying reading these posts and listening to me plan our future trip that’s probably at least 2 years down the road. I… Continue reading An Impromptu Swim – Glacier National Park, Montana (part VII)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

Icebergs and Lakes and Bears, Oh My! – Glacier National Park, Montana (part VI)

As you might guess from the title, this post involves bears. Many of them. In fact, this is the story of the time our plans almost got thwarted by bears twice in one day. In July 2011, three friends and I embarked upon a three-week Canadian Rockies adventure in which we camped our way through… Continue reading Icebergs and Lakes and Bears, Oh My! – Glacier National Park, Montana (part VI)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

The Land of Many Glaciers – Glacier National Park, Montana (part V)

Picking up once again from my last post, we’re going to spend another day exploring Many Glacier! The subject of today’s post is actually one of my very favorite hikes – Grinnell Glacier. It also tops my day hikes in Glacier list... which only exists in my head at this point, but will probably someday… Continue reading The Land of Many Glaciers – Glacier National Park, Montana (part V)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

Red Rocks and a Moose – Glacier National Park, Montana (part IV)

My last three Glacier posts have all been about the central section of this beautiful National Park, which is traversed by Going-to-the-Sun Road. Aside from this highway, there are only two other accessible entrances into the park (plus a couple much less accessible entrances that require long drives down unpaved roads that usually necessitate 4WD).… Continue reading Red Rocks and a Moose – Glacier National Park, Montana (part IV)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

Going to the Sun – Glacier National Park, Montana (part I)

Here on Handstands Around the World, I’ve decided to start off 2018 with a saga. The saga of one of my favorite places in the world: Glacier National Park. If you haven’t been to Glacier, it needs to be added to the top of your list. It’s hands-down the most beautiful national park in the… Continue reading Going to the Sun – Glacier National Park, Montana (part I)

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part II)

I’ve definitely complained to you guys before about how miserable and dark and cold winters are in Connecticut. Sometimes winter just holds on for so long and won't go away. But sometimes, spring breaks through a bit earlier, gracing us with sunshine and warmer weather. This was the case in the spring of 2014, which… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part II)