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NEW YORK CITY IN THE WINTER

January 17, 2017 in Trips in Eastern United States

This post is a little late, but I figured better late than never.  My family and I ventured back to New York City a couple of months ago for the day via the fabulous Megabus.  It’s only about 3 hours away and NYC is one of my favorite winter destinations.  Between the amazing holiday decor blanketing the city and the hustle and bustle of shoppers, it really is an exciting time to be there.

This time, for the first time since just prior to the 9/11 tragedy, I visited Ground Zero.  Six months prior to September 11th, 2001, I was on a field trip to New York City.  We stayed in the city for about 3 days and one of our tours happened to be at the World Trade Center.  It blows my mind that not even a year later those buildings were destroyed and a city was devastated.  I still have a souvenir penny from that trip as well as a few photos.  Being back to that spot was surreal.  I couldn’t believe it was the same place I had been before, but this time, minus two of the most famous buildings – side by side.  The memorial was beautiful, however, and the newly built Freedom Tower watches over.

Another stop that I always love is the famous Bryant Park.  The shops are unique (um, if you haven’t tried No Chewing Allowed Truffles – you’re missing out!) and it’s a quaint area to hang out and enjoy the city for a bit.

Take a look at the photos below to see what our trip was like.  New York City is a great idea near Christmas time!

Bryant Park, NYC

Bryant Park, NYC

NYC Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, NYC

New York City 34th Street Macy's  9/11 Wall Memorial Freedom Tower NYC reflection WTC Site in New York City

9/11 Memorial in New York City

Photos from Airplanes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

September 6, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

A mile of highway will take you a mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere.

There aren’t any views quite as unique as those you get from the window seat of an airplane. Working in the aviation industry, I see a lot of these incredible views and they always inspire my sense of wanderlust!  I also snap aerial photos when flying commercially.  Here are some photos that will hopefully intrigue yours as well!

3 Amazing Places to Check Out in Montana

August 30, 2016 in Trips in Western United States

Montana is by far one of the most stunning places I have ever been.  Full of incredible scenery and wildlife, it really is one of a kind.  While the entire state is postcard-esque, there are a few spots in particular that I highly recommend checking out.


Many Glacier – Glacier National Park

Many Glacier was by far my favorite area of Glacier National Park.  The landscapes were like nothing I had ever seen.  From enormous mountains to crystal clear waters, everywhere you turn is like a dream.   This also happens to be where you find Grinnell Glacier, a spectacular hike that I also like to refer to as the stairway to Heaven!  That being said, Many Glacier is also full of active wildlife.  With wildlife like this, safety measures are HIGHLY recommended.  Bear spray is absolutely essential!  Read my last Montana blog post to see why I am emphasizing this.

Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier NP Montana Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier National Park, MT


St. Mary & Virginia Falls – Glacier National Park

The hike to St. Mary Falls was relatively easy and beautiful.  We thought those were impressive until we continued up to Virginia Falls, where we were completely blown away!  This hike does not disappoint.  Be prepared to get a little wet when you reach Virginia Falls!
Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park, MT Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park, MT


Plains

Who would have thought that such an open area consisting of almost NOTHING could be something so incredible?  Wide open spaces galore here!  The downside was a lack of cell service.  However, the views were spectacular and allowed for endless photo opportunities.

Rainbow in Montana Plains
Montana Plains

Glacier NP Montana, Washington & Idaho Adventure

July 19, 2016 in Trips in Western United States

It has been way too long since my last post!  Just to update you all, I FINALLY have internet at the new house so I can regain my sanity.  And on that note, I need to update you all on my most recent travels.
Rainbow in Montana PlainsIn May, I took my first trip out to Washington State and drove the 6 hour drive over to Glacier National Park in Montana.  I’ve seen some beautiful places, but this drive had to be the most beautiful I have ever taken.  Everywhere, from Washington through Idaho and over to Montana – could have been a postcard.

Bison Creek Ranch - Montana

Bison Creek Ranch – Montana

I stayed at Bison Creek Ranch with my family once reaching the Glacier area.  This b&b is a rustic getaway from the mundane.  A family owned ranch, it seeps with history and stories.  I had such an incredible time there.  The owners are incredibly generous and love talking to the visitors.  They gave us plenty of valuable tips as to where we should go and little spots that even sit in their very own ranch property.  BSR is NOT for those looking for 5 star accommodations.  As mentioned before, the cabins are extremely rustic, there are no tv’s, and the only WiFi on the premises is located in the restaurant.  That being said, the breakfasts they serve every morning are fantastic and the service is even better!  The owners felt like family to us that week.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Bighorn sheep following us photo

Grinnell Glacier Trail Bighorn sheep following us on the trail

The scenery around Montana is amazing.  Our time in Many Glacier, however, proved to be most exciting….yet also terrifying.  We were cornered by some curious big horn sheep on the incredibly scenic Grinnell Glacier trail, prolonging our trip by a good hour or so.  They never tried to harm us….but they followed us, and we were terrified that they may become aggressive.  Once we finally got away from the Big Horn sheep……we had an even scarier run in.  Less than 2 miles from the trails entrance, I noticed a large grizzly bear off of the trail (maybe 30 feet or so?).  I quickly turned around, warned the rest of my family, and back tracked.  We made sure to make plenty of noise – apparently the noise we thought we were making on the way down the trail wasn’t enough!  I had my bear spray ready in case the worst were to have happened.  As we eventually tried again, the bear was gone.  Phew.  Close call.  Grinnell Glacier trail is sure to give you the full Montana experience!  It sure did for us.

Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park, MT

Virginia Falls – Glacier National Park, MT

Virginia Falls was another one of my favorite hikes.  You pass multiple waterfalls along this easy trail, but each of those are babies compared to Virginia Falls.  They are enormous and incredibly beautiful as well.  I highly recommend the hike for anyone out that way.

I STRONGLY suggest that if you decide to peruse Glacier National Park to bring bear spray!  This area is about as wild as it gets and you certainly DON’T want to surprise a bear!
Montana Woodpecker
One of the final highlights of my trip out west was a little town in Idaho called Wallace.  I spent my last day wandering the quirky mining town.  Wallace is also the self-proclaimed “center of the universe” as the signage denotes.  Check out the story about that here.  Such a cute and unique little town, I really enjoyed wandering around Wallace.

Take a look at the photos from my adventure – images can speak so much louder than words!  

NEW YORK CITY: THE GLITZ, THE GLAMOUR AND THE CHAOS

December 24, 2015 in Everything Else / Trips in Eastern United States

New York City is one of my favorite destinations to visit during the holiday season.  It just oozes Christmas spirit!  The best part is that it’s only a few short hours from where I live, so a bus trip is a breeze.  We took the Megabus on December 12th of this year, which just so happened to be a 60 degree day.  The weather may not have felt like Christmas, but there was no shortage of spirit all around.  NYC is full of glitz, glamour, and pure chaos – but I love it.

We took the Megabus from White Marsh and embarked on our 3 hours or so journey.  After arriving, we did a lot of the typical ‘touristy’ things, such as Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center.  Trenton wanted to see the Lego Store and Toys R Us, so we made sure to make those stops.  The crowds were absolutely ridiculous – it’s all part of the big apple experience though.

One of my favorite parts of this particular trip was watching the Salvation Army folks singing and dancing for donations.  They were so happy and cheerful and it was infectious!  People crowded around the energetic men and many even joined in on the fun.  As you can see in the photo below, they really knew how to bring people together, and isn’t that one of the reasons we love the holidays so much?

NYC Salvation Army dancing

There is so much to see and do in New York City, but people watching has to be one of the best parts.  There are people of all shapes, sizes, races, colors, and cultures.  You never know what you’re going to find…..like a group of Santa’s on motorcycles driving through Times Square!  Apparently there was a Santa Convention in town that day…..Santas in Times Square

Whether you go for a day or a week, NYC should be on your bucket list.  Once you see it, you’ll become addicted to the sights and sounds.  Unless you hate city life, that is!

Be sure to check out my previous blog post from the big apple, A New York Engagement!

 

 

 

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