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

Northeastern US, Travels

Adventures in the Adirondacks – New York

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 – New York

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)

Montana, Travels, US National Parks

The Land of Waterfalls – Glacier National Park, Montana (part III)

Last week, I left off at Logan Pass, an absolute highlight of Glacier National Park. Continuing on from here, Going-to-the-Sun Road drops down into the Saint Mary Valley in the eastern half of Glacier. The Saint Mary section of the park is, in my mind, the land of waterfalls. There are still mountains and lakes… Continue reading The Land of Waterfalls – Glacier National Park, Montana (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)

Canada, Travels

Snails and seashells and kelp, oh my! – Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

After our wonderful adventures on Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island, it was time to head back to the Canadian mainland and explore another park. Fundy National Park is located in southern New Brunswick on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. In addition to being a neat area, the Bay of Fundy is… Continue reading Snails and seashells and kelp, oh my! – Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

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