Colorado, Travels

Conquering our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak

Most everyone hoping to conquer their first Colorado 14,000 foot (4267 m) peak faces the same dilemma (or, shall I say, quandary?): what’s the easiest one to start with? By most accounts, Mount Bierstadt and Quandary Peak are two of the “easier” ones, but I put easier in quotes because it’s all relative. There are… Continue reading Conquering our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, Travels

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, Travels

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

East Coast US, New England, Travels

On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

Today, we return to the “On Top Of” series I began a while back as I recount our hike up the highest point in Massachusetts: Mount Greylock! With an elevation of 3491 feet (1064 m), Mount Greylock is much taller than either of the previous state high points we’d conquered (Connecticut and Rhode Island). It… Continue reading On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

Central America, East Coast US, Europe, Lists, Midwestern US, Montana, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Diana’s Best of 2018

I know, I know. Another one of those pesky end-of-the-year lists. You’ve probably already read 1000 of them. But as a lover of lists and perpetual list-maker, I can’t pass up the opportunity to hop on the bandwagon once again this year. While my 2017 list was a summary of a somewhat low key travel… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2018

Lists, Travels

Diana’s Best of 2017!

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s always a good time to look both backwards and forwards, reminiscing on the highlights of the past 12 months and building enthusiasm for what’s to come. 2017 was actually somewhat of a lackluster travel year for me. Between the crazy final few months of grad school,… Continue reading Diana’s Best of 2017!

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)