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)

Lists, Travels

Favorite Destinations: Lakes Edition

For the second installment of my Favorite Destinations series, I present to you my favorite lakes. This ended up being a pretty varied list; these lakes are located all over the US and are all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are in National Parks and some are not. Some require hiking and some are… Continue reading Favorite Destinations: Lakes Edition

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

Mount Desert Island – Acadia National Park, Maine (part I)

After a wonderful week exploring maritime Canada, we crossed back into our home country for the final few days of our vacation. Our destination – Acadia National Park, located on the east central coast of Maine. This relatively small park has three disconnected sections: Isle au Haut, the Schoodic Peninsula, and Mount Desert Island. Mount… Continue reading Mount Desert Island – Acadia National Park, Maine (part I)

East Coast US, Lists, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

My first summer in CT, I learned an important lesson: grad students don’t really get a summer. Sure, we aren’t taking classes… but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Science doesn’t do itself. Fortunately, I was still very early on in my grad school career so I did at least manage to have… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Feeling Small – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part III)

Day three at Mount Rainier was full of lakes and waterfalls. Once again, we were greeted by blue skies as we headed out of Ohanapecosh, traveling west down Steven’s Canyon Road to Cougar Rock campground, which would be our home base for the remainder of our time here. We took the entire day, stopping along… Continue reading Feeling Small – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part III)

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

First Glimpse – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part II)

The next morning we woke to blue skies, the fog of the previous afternoon long gone. This was excellent news for us as we were headed up to the northeast section of the park to catch our first glimpses of the mountain. From Ohanapecosh, we drove north to the White River entrance. Five miles (8 km)… Continue reading First Glimpse – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part II)

Montana, Travels

Puddles, mud, and freezing cold water – Golden Trout Lakes, Montana

In early July 2012, my mom and I headed up into the Gallatin Mountains for our next hiking adventure: Golden Trout Lakes. This is actually a collection of three lakes, though we just went to the main one. The trailhead for Golden Trout Lakes is located off of US Highway 191 south of Bozeman, Montana.… Continue reading Puddles, mud, and freezing cold water – Golden Trout Lakes, Montana

Travels, US National Parks, Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park (part IV) – West Thumb to Canyon Village and the East Entrance

Last week, I left off in the southeastern portion of Yellowstone National Park near Yellowstone Lake. Picking up from West Thumb Geyser Basin, today we’ll continue north along the lakeshore and up to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone Lake is giant and also very uniquely shaped, with three protruding arms. It has a… Continue reading Yellowstone National Park (part IV) – West Thumb to Canyon Village and the East Entrance