Northeastern US, Travels

High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

I’m a big fan of Groupon. I know I’ve mentioned this before. They have great stuff, everything from discount trips to Europe to tours of local breweries. As it turns out, they also on occasion offer discounted stays at local campgrounds, which is how this trip was born. I didn’t know at the time that… Continue reading High in the ‘Gunks – Minnewaska State Park, New York

East Coast US, New England, Travels

Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

When I first started this Connecticut State Parks series, I was thinking it would be 3 or 4 posts long. Turns out I drastically underestimated the number of state parks Pat and I have been to. I’m actually pretty impressed with us – the number is somewhere around 35. But what’s even more impressive is… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks (part IV)

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)

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)

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 some… Continue reading Exploring Connecticut’s State Parks

Montana, Travels

Bad Land – Makoshika State Park, Montana

Now that I was home from Washington, I’d settled back into my mom’s house in Montana and was excited to spend the summer exploring. Our first family road trip was over Fourth of July weekend, when we packed up the car and headed east. Our destination: Makoshika State Park, also known as the Montana badlands.… Continue reading Bad Land – Makoshika State Park, Montana

Southwestern US, Travels

Above – Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Since we'd had so much fun in southern Utah in 2009, we decided to head back to the area the following summer. My mom had visited Arches National Park many years ago, but none of us had ever been to Canyonlands or Mesa Verde. Plus, my sister wanted to check out a college in Colorado. So we… Continue reading Above – Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah