East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

I haven’t decided yet if I’m a High-Pointer – that is, a person who sets the goal of standing atop the highest point in each state. The part of me that’s drawn to superlatives (the tallest, oldest, etc.) loves the idea. The part of me that enjoys making lists and crossing things off of lists… Continue reading On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

A Day in Paradise – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part IV)

I’ve been a lot of cool places. The US map on my bedroom wall is covered in pins; I’m up to 43 states and 57 National Park Service sites, not to mention 7 Canadian provinces and numerous national and provincial parks there as well. So when I say that the Skyline Trail at Mount Rainier… Continue reading A Day in Paradise – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part IV)

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)

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

At the Edge – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part I)

Mount Rainier is a giant, snow-capped peak located in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. It rises to 14,410 feet (4392 m) above sea level and, though not the tallest mountain in the continental US, is the most topographically prominent one. The summit of Mount Rainier is often above the clouds; on a typical day, you’re… Continue reading At the Edge – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (part I)

Montana, Travels

Top of the World – Beartooth Plateau, Montana & Wyoming

This post is one I’ve been looking forward to writing for a long time, because I get to talk all about one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been: The Beartooth Plateau. The Beartooth Plateau is located high in the Beartooth Mountains, reaching a maximum elevation of nearly 11,000 feet (3350 m). The Beartooth… Continue reading Top of the World – Beartooth Plateau, Montana & Wyoming

Montana, Travels

Porphyry – Kings Hill Scenic Byway, Montana

The United States has 120 National Scenic Byways – sections of road that pass through an area of significance, be it scenic, natural, cultural, historical, archeological, or recreational. The Kings Hill Scenic Byway is one such road. Notable for its scenery, nature, history, and recreational opportunities, it has been dubbed a Scenic Byway by the… Continue reading Porphyry – Kings Hill Scenic Byway, Montana

Montana, Travels

Get Lost in Montana – Lost Creek State Park

Spring in Montana is always a bit of an unknown in terms of the weather. Snow, rain, hail, sunshine, and anything in between is usually in the forecast. Sometimes simultaneously. But if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that it will snow on the first day of high school track season. Anyway, the… Continue reading Get Lost in Montana – Lost Creek State Park

About me, Montana

Exploring Montana on Skis

I never used to mind winter. And then I moved to New England. Winters here are horrible. The sun sets at 4:15pm. It’s usually cloudy and cold and windy. And dark. All the time. And when it snows in New England, it really snows. Two feet (0.6 m) at a time, leaving us to dig our… Continue reading Exploring Montana on Skis

Southwestern US, Travels

Fit for the Gods – Garden of the Gods, Colorado

After waving goodbye to the beauty of Great Sand Dunes, my mom and I continued making our way north back towards Montana. Our next stop was just outside Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is a large public park that is home to towering red rock formations. Its beauty… Continue reading Fit for the Gods – Garden of the Gods, Colorado