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

Monkey Flowers and Mountain Goats – Glacier National Park, Montana (part II)

When I finished my last post, we were on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. Logan Pass is undoubtedly the most-visited area of the park, and one look around makes it clear as to why. Logan Pass is beautiful! To the east, views extend for miles down the St.… Continue reading Monkey Flowers and Mountain Goats – Glacier National Park, Montana (part II)

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

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)