Category Archives: Travel

Boston in Instagram

I recently took a long weekend in Boston to visit some family. Mostly I spent my time there walking around the city. I did actually take a few photos with my real camera too, but I haven’t gotten around to editing them yet.


First Row:
From the airplane window, somewhere over the east coast.
Flying over Squantum, the neighborhood I grew up in, just South of Boston.
The Residence Inn in the Seaport District, its been converted from an old warehouse and I love that they kept some of the original architecture, like this atrium.

Second Row:
The Greenway, can you believe this used to have a raised highway running through it?
Graveyard at King’s Chapel.
Public Gardens.

Third Row:
Walking along the Charles River.
Another view of the Charles, on the way home from getting dinner and hot chocolate in Harvard Square.
A pretty stand of birch trees (We don’t have them in the south).

Forth Row:
A walk in Squaw Rock Park, in Quincy, MA, near my parents house.

Fifth Row:
Georgetown Cupcake. When you walk this much you deserve a cupcake, or two. I got a strawberry and a chocolate mint.
Boston Common and the State House.
Kitty, she kept me company since I didn’t have my dogs to interrupt my sleep.

Cape Lookout, North Core Banks

About a month ago, we went camping on the North Island of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. We love to go out here because it is so empty. Its basically just a big stretch of beach on the ocean side, and some grass covered sand dunes and marsh on the sound side.


Top Row:
A picture of a dead thing I took to send my sister in law (all in fun, not because I’m sending her a subtle message). I think its a dolphin or a small whale.
Rough seas, it was windy most of the week. We just drive until we find a good tide pool to play in when its like this.
My old man, Chewbacca, taking a nap on the beach.

Bottom Row:
A beautiful sunset over the marsh and Core Sound.
The dunes and beach.
Relaxing on the deck.

Miles hiked: 13.2
This year: 22.8

Although I still have a lot of hiking that I haven’t blogged yet, its recently occurred to me that the year is more than halfway over, and I’m quite far behind on reaching my goal of 500 miles.

NYC in Instagram

Way back in February, my Mom and I went to NYC for a weekend, so I could see Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs. It was amazing, and worth the trip. The cutouts were so colorful and joyful. Of course, I kept imagining Matisse’s assistants, who must have been so excited about obtaining and apprenticeship with such a successful artist, only to be frustrated about doing nothing but painting plain sheets of paper, and then being instructed to place it just so inside of the collage. “No, no, a little to the right. Too far, back to the left just a bit…” Unfortuanately I couldn’t take any pictures inside the exhibit, but thats ok. Sometimes having a camera helps me to focus on what is beautiful, and other times it can get in the way of just immersing myself in an experience.

Here are my instagram photos from the weekend. Like me, my Mom is a great walker (wonder where I get it from?) and we spent the whole weekend walking all over the city. Midtown to Central Park, then to Bryant Park and the Library, Union Square, The Highline and Chelsea Market, and Little Italy. Of course, we tried to avoid Times Square, but did walk through it accidentally.


I figured that I walked about 38 miles that weekend, bringing my total for the year to 47.6. Its pretty far from my goal of 500. I have several walks and hikes I haven’t blogged yet, but sill if I want to reach my goal of 500 miles for 2015, I better get moving.