Western roadtrip part 1: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Our latest excursion was a truly epic roadtrip between Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. As always, it was a treat to get out into the wilderness (especially as we apparently missed the first proper heatwave of the NYC summer), and we spent a most enjoyable 9 days driving just over 1300 miles through mountains, forests and plains.

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Downeast roadtrip day 8 – Mount Washington

Following a 6am alarm and a hearty breakfast of oatmeal, we pulled into the carpark at Pinkham Notch at 8am and were on the mountain by 8:15. It was a sunny day, already quite warm amongst the trees, and there were a surprising number of other people around as we set off along the Tuckerman Ravine trail.

beginning the hike up Mt Washington

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Downeast roadtrip day 6 – Acadia too

More rain was forecast so we had a leisurely start, but in fact it was merely overcast as we hopped on the bus again and set out to climb Pemetic Mountain. We started by Bubble Pond, and headed up the steep trail through the wood. In comparison to the packed carpark, the woods were empty and we had the trail to ourselves for much of the morning.

Acadia: Tom in the woods

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Downeast roadtrip day 5 – Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a wild and beautiful section of Mount Desert island. It has been part of the federal park service since 1916, and an officially-designated national park since 1919. It contains many unspoiled natural features – granite peaks, dramatic cliffs, lakes and woodland – as well as a network of hiking trails, carriage paths, and mountain roads to enable holidaymakers to enjoy the scenery.

hiking into Acadia

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Downeast roadtrip

Another holiday, another roadtrip; and this was our longest yet. Annoyingly I forgot to check the odometer before we set out, but having put the route into the map I think we drove around 1200 miles. Spanning 10 days, the purpose of this trip was three-fold – to check off the last of our unvisited New England states (Rhode Island and Maine), to enjoy some less aggressive summer weather, and to spend time outdoors – and I’m delighted to report we succeeded on all fronts. Continue reading

Summer Streets

Saturday just gone (August 17th) was the third and final Summer Streets event this year. We only found out about it a couple of days before, having missed the previous two, and were pleased to have made the discovery in time. Essentially what happens for Summer Streets is that Park Avenue is closed to traffic (except for at a handful of cross streets) from 73rd Street southwards. After Astor Place Lafayette Street takes up the route, enabling people to walk (or cycle) more-or-less undisturbed by four-wheeled traffic from the Upper East Side all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
looking south down Park

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