Rumination – Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine

One of the highlights of this year's visit to Mount Desert Island and surrounds was a first-ever visit to Schoodic Peninsula, a part of Acadia National Park since 1929. I would feel bad that I never visited in my thirty or so trips to MDI but well, it turns out only 10% of the 2.5 … Continue reading Rumination – Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine

Not letting go – Mount Desert Island, Maine

Everyone has, or I hope they have, a place so central to their heart that even if you don't visit it often, it strengthens your soul and makes you smile just looking at a photo. For me, that place is Mount Desert Island and more specifically, my friend's house which overlooks it.  I have been … Continue reading Not letting go – Mount Desert Island, Maine

Dodgy – Joe Dodge Lodge and Tuckerman Ravine – Pinkham Notch, NH

Our first adventure after school ended in June was to Joe Dodge Lodge at the foot of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The Lodge is one of eight Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) lodges where all of us non-campers can get as close as we are willing. As in, bunk rooms, yes, hard ground camping, no. … Continue reading Dodgy – Joe Dodge Lodge and Tuckerman Ravine – Pinkham Notch, NH

Ready, Set, Hike! Franklin, NH

During our week in Franklin, New Hampshire, we took three wonderful hikes. They ranged from "real" hiking up a mountain with a view, to a mysterious, newt-laden pond trail to a short but beautiful hike up around one of the more popular lakes in New Hampshire. All of them were dog-friendly for Katie Puppy, our … Continue reading Ready, Set, Hike! Franklin, NH

Rise from the Ashes – Franklin NH

This is the blog post that has taken me longest to write of all my summer travels this year. There is a mixture of elation, wonder, and sadness that runs right through this place and my soul. It is hard not to superlative the place, hard not to pigeonhole it, but easy to wonder what … Continue reading Rise from the Ashes – Franklin NH

Silly Fun at the Polar Caves – Rumney, NH

At the beginning of July this year we rented a house (sort of) on a lake in Franklin, New Hampshire. I'm going to talk about that sometime but I have really mixed feelings on the town which, four months later, I am still trying to work out. So in the mean time, I have to … Continue reading Silly Fun at the Polar Caves – Rumney, NH

Go blue! – Saline and Ann Arbor, Michigan

My favorite type of vacation is visiting friends, and seeing their everyday and special places. In mid-July, we went to visit my closest childhood friends (one lives in Michigan, one in New York) in Saline, which is right outside Ann Arbor,  Michigan. We haven't been all together for two and a half years (this is … Continue reading Go blue! – Saline and Ann Arbor, Michigan