Rhinos, Giraffes, and, well, Beer! – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL

  As most visitors to Chicago know, there are two zoos in the metro Chicago area. The first, Lincoln Park Zoo, is just north of downtown, reachable by public transportation, free to visit and has a smallish footprint for seeing it all in one day. Not sure how the big animals feel about the smallish … Continue reading Rhinos, Giraffes, and, well, Beer! – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL

Coup de Grace – Waterville Valley, NH

This past Saturday was our final ski trip of the 2017-8 crazy freaking ski season in New England. What is crazy is that there is no perfect day on a New England mountain that I have ever ever EVER experienced. I have a new ad campaign for East Coast Skiing: "Suck it Up, It Won't … Continue reading Coup de Grace – Waterville Valley, NH

Comfort Food – Post Corner Pizza, Darien, CT

A road trip this past weekend put us within striking distance of one of my favorite long-term food meccas, Post Corner Pizza, often shortened to Post, never to PCP (in spite of their box reading that way). I hope my mom is not reading this particular blog because the fact of the matter is that … Continue reading Comfort Food – Post Corner Pizza, Darien, CT

Common Sense – Thomas Paine Cottage, New Rochelle, NY

  So, if you're like me and have kids in elementary school, you will know that familiar feeling when your kids ask you how to reduce fractions, or describe a revolutionary person: nostalgia mixed with sheer panic. As in, how do I do that again--multiply top and bottom by x? Or, hunh, that guy sounds … Continue reading Common Sense – Thomas Paine Cottage, New Rochelle, NY

Winter (-ish) Hiking – Lake Placid, NY

Those who know me also know that my favorite activity is to take a hike in the woods. The hike doesn't need to be up, doesn't need to be long, it just needs to be. I have a favorite dish towel that shows an owl on a branch and reads "The Woods are Calling and … Continue reading Winter (-ish) Hiking – Lake Placid, NY

High Peaks Skiing – Whiteface Mountain, NY

On President's Day, we packed our stuff up early and headed out to Whiteface Mountain for a day of alpine skiing. Predictions were for sun early then rain heading in by 3 pm. As an aside, sometimes these weather apps are pretty amazing to me: at exactly 2:55 pm, the drops started falling. But never … Continue reading High Peaks Skiing – Whiteface Mountain, NY

The Woods are Calling and I Must Go – Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

On our first full day in the Lake Placid area, we decided to head over to Mt. Van Hoevenberg (hereafter Mt. Van H) which was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics cross-country races (and bobsleigh/bobsled for 1932). There is a lovely story about the man for which Mt. Van Hoevenberg (oh all right sometimes … Continue reading The Woods are Calling and I Must Go – Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY