After apple picking, John tracked down one campground that was still open, Waterloo Harbor Campground. Growing tired after stealth camping for most of the past week, we were happy to find a campground to relax in. I was extra pleased when I realized we were headed to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. In Read More →

We have been looking forward to apple picking since fall set in, and now that we are back in New York State, it was time to go. New York is the second greatest apple producing state after Washington. I didn’t eat a lot of apples growing up in Washington, but now I eat pretty much Read More →

John had never been to Boston and wanted to go; being so close while in the White Mountains we decided to pay a visit to “The Walking City”. Boston is compact and very walkable; according to the Wikipedia entry, it has the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in the US. So of course, we walked! We Read More →

In addition to the 100 Mile Wilderness, there was one other section of the Appalachian Trail that I wanted to hike before leaving the east coast: the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We headed to White Mountain National Forest from Bar Harbor. We arrived late on Saturday October 12, the middle of Read More →

I suggested to John that since we were in Maine, we should drive to the coast and eat lobster. Because that’s what you do in Maine. He agreed, so I suggested Bar Harbor. I knew nothing about Bar Harbor, but the name was in my mind as a famous tourist destination on the coast of Read More →

After completing the 100 Mile Wilderness hike, we needed some rest and to resupply. The nearest grocery store was an IGA a couple towns over. On the way we first stopped by the Abbot Village Bakery to pick up some bread. If you are around the area, go to this bakery. But not if you are Read More →

Leading up to arriving in Maine, I had feared that our timing was off and we would not be able to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness because it was too late in the season. Actually, we could not have picked a better time to hike it. We had amazing weather for a majority of the Read More →

Driving to our starting point for the 100 Mile Wilderness hike from Franconia Notch took about four hours. To break it up, we stopped overnight in a parking lot for a park in Rumford Falls, ME (we did not notice the 7:00 am – 9:00 pm parking lot hours until the next morning). A sign Read More →

In the final months of my graduate program, I started thinking about taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to mark the accomplishment of earning a PhD. I dreamed of hiking on glaciers, and researched taking a trip to Alaska – I found week-long guided adventures hiking on glaciers and sea kayaking around them, which sounded perfect. But Read More →