Colorado, Colorado Hikes, Colorado Summits, Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Summits: Lily Mountain

Due to the pandemic, entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park was a little more complicated in 2020. In addition to a fee or pass, one needed to reserve a timed entry permit. This allowed the park to reduce the number of visitors and spread them evenly throughout the day to better facilitate social distancing. Plenty… Continue reading Colorado Summits: Lily Mountain

Colorado, Colorado 13ers, Colorado Hikes, Colorado Summits

Colorado 13er #3: Mount Audubon

The day began in a fairly typical fashion when it comes to hiking in Colorado: Wake up stupidly early (4:00am) so we can find a parking spot at the trailheadArrive at said trailhead very early and claim said parking spotGear up and start hiking Mount Audubon is a 13er located in the Indian Peaks Wilderness… Continue reading Colorado 13er #3: Mount Audubon

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US

Exploring the White Mountains

My mom always enjoys telling the story of how this White Mountains trip came to fruition. The short version is this: a couple days after making the campground reservation, I FaceTimed her to discuss a gift I wanted for my birthday. The camping and our plan to climb Mount Washington came up in conversation and,… Continue reading Exploring the White Mountains

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of New England: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

In my quest to summit all the state high points of the northeast, Mount Washington long seemed so out of reach. It was a 4-hour drive from our house, making it too far for a day trip. It was even really too long for a normal weekend trip, considering it takes a whole day to… Continue reading On Top of New England: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield

Labor Day weekend 2016 was finally upon us, and Pat and I had an exciting goal to accomplish: summiting the highest point in Vermont. The weather forecast was solid and we’d climbed the highest mountain in Massachusetts the weekend before in preparation. We were ready for this! Mount Mansfield rises to an elevation of 4393… Continue reading On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield


Under the Big Sky – Beehive Basin, Montana

After spending our first few days in Montana showing Pat the local highlights, we set out to accomplish an important goal: taking him up into the mountains that he'd been oohing and aahing at since his arrival. My mom and sister had previously hiked to Beehive Basin and very much enjoyed it, so we decided… Continue reading Under the Big Sky – Beehive Basin, Montana

About me, Montana

My Own Back Yard – Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman sucks. It’s horrible. It was a terrible place to grow up and I don’t know why anyone would ever want to live there. I’m kidding, of course. Bozeman is an incredible town and I’m so thankful to have grown up in such a wonderful place. What does suck, though, is that everyone else is… Continue reading My Own Back Yard – Bozeman, Montana

Northeastern US

Adventures in the Adirondacks

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

East Coast US, New England

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, 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)