A Quick Trip to Montreal

As my college days are numbered, my good friends and I want to take advantage of our close proximity to some of the Northeast's coolest and most beautiful places. Because of our placement on the rowing team, our weekends are usually devoted to races. This past weekend was our first "free" weekend since the beginning … Continue reading A Quick Trip to Montreal

Spring Break in Tennessee

As a senior rower and captain of the crew team, my final collegiate Spring Break was spent rowing for seven hours a day on our annual training trip. While the trip is usually framed as a fun time spent with teammates, bonding and doing fun excursions, that was not the case this year. I've been … Continue reading Spring Break in Tennessee

Death Valley: How I Fell in Love with the Desert

After saying goodbye to Greg at McCarran International, I started the two-hour drive from Vegas to Death Valley National Park, my home for the next six weeks. (Six weeks is a long time; buckle in for a long ride.) I had gotten a later start, so it was already getting dark when I left. The … Continue reading Death Valley: How I Fell in Love with the Desert

Bryce Canyon: A Last-Minute Trip

At the tail-end of my cross-country journey to Death Valley, Greg and I spent the night in a beautiful Utah state park. Well, we didn't actually know it was beautiful because we arrived long after dark, but it was confirmed the next morning. We woke up (pretty cold) in Fremont Indian State Park early the … Continue reading Bryce Canyon: A Last-Minute Trip

Joshua Tree National Park, or Those Dr. Seuss trees in the desert

During my limited time in the beautiful lands of Death Valley, I took many a side trip. One of them was a day trip to another desert: Joshua Tree National Park. Leaving before the temperatures reached 100 degrees, I packed a day's worth of food and a lot of water. I knew that my outing … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park, or Those Dr. Seuss trees in the desert

How to navigate the intricacies of souvenir-shopping

With my recent move toward minimalism, I've realized how many souvenir shops are filled with worthless garbage. Even if they're "Buy 8 for $20," shirts with the name of the place you visited are made of the same itchy cotton you get with free t-shirts. And is it really necessary to have a shirt from … Continue reading How to navigate the intricacies of souvenir-shopping

WALK THE MOON @ The Fillmore

Talking is Hard was the album of the end of my first year at Smith, so I have have very happy associations with the music. Even after the semester ended, I fondly recall running every morning of a Disney World trip to "Portugal" and "Avalanche" (and Blurryface which seems like lifetimes ago). Just a few … Continue reading WALK THE MOON @ The Fillmore