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New Brunswick and PEI

Posted on June 10, 2016. Tags: flower, photo, rain, video. No comments.

During time off between two jobs, I decided to head towards New Brunswick, Canada and see where I ended up from there.


I spent most of the day driving up to my first stop, Woodstock, NB. On the way, I had a pleasant surprise view of Katahdin from right off of I-95.


My morning walk around Woodstock was pleasantly cold and windy.

During the afternoon, I drove around, looking for interesting sights or places to hike. At one point, there was a sign for a "Unique Area." I tried to go there, but got stopped by a flooded road.

In the evening, I took another walk around Woodstock.


I'd heard some good things about Prince Edward Island, so I decided to head there next. Along the way, I saw a pretty flood plain, so I stopped to stretch my legs and get a couple of pictures.

Next stop was Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area, on the New Brunswick side of the really long bridge between New Brunswick and PEI. I even made a video to try to show how long Confederation Bridge is.

After some driving around looking for a place to stay in PEI, I settled on Charlottetown, the capital and largest city.


I spent the morning walking around town and seeing the art museum, then eating a delicious lunch of local mussels.

Then, on to the coast. (And I took a video of one of the beaches.)


There was a bit more I would have liked to do in PEI, but I decided that I wanted to start heading in the general direction of home. So I drove towards Fundy National Park, NB. But first, a stop along the way to see more PEI red sand.

Then one last stop in PEI, just before crossing the bridge.

I had heard good things about The Rocks Provincial Park on the Fundy coast of New Brunswick, so I stopped there along the way too.

Then I saw Lars Larsen Marsh, so I stopped there briefly.

Eventually I made it to Alma, NB just outside of Fundy National Park. I found a place to sleep and a place to eat dinner. The place to eat dinner had a pretty sunset.


In the morning, I headed to the park and had a nice but eventually too slippery hike in the rain. Near the trailhead, I got a video of Herring Cove Waterfall. Fundy National Park was gorgeous.

After a good seafood lunch, I explored the area some more. The first stop was Waterside Beach.

Then a quick stop along the way to Cape Enrage, because the rocks and fog were pretty.

And Cape Enrage itself, which turned out to be not very exciting in the fog. The wind was nice though.

Some of my exploring took me on pretty steep roads, so I ended up spending a fair amount of time going downhill in first or second gear. After a little while, I decided to give my car a chance to cool off while I walked around a cemetery.

Next stop was Point Wolfe.

Then Laverty Lake. The lake was quiet and pretty, and the lighting was wonderful. I would have liked to spend more time there, but unfortunately there were also a lot of small flying biting insects, so I left quickly.


I took a short walk around town in the morning, then got in the car to start the long drive home.

My last stop before returning stateside was an island that becomes a peninsula at low tide.

Burlington, VT

Posted on April 28, 2016. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

2015-10-16: Waterbury, VT

2015-10-17: NEDCON and Downtown Burlington

2015-10-18: Oakledge Park, Burlington

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 18, 2015. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

Cambridge and Boston

Posted on August 2, 2015. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.


Posted on August 2, 2015. Tags: dance, flower, photo, rain. No comments.

2015-07-17 – 2015-07-18

Flying from Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) on my way to Prague:


Walking around the hotel in Prague:


I attempted to buy some milk, but I more-or-less failed. The pictured item was not milk. It was kefir.

Later on, I walked around Náměstí Republiky and Old Town.


Walking from Národní Třída to the IETF social event:

And the social event itself, at Žofín Palace on Slovanký ostrov:


The inside of the conference hotel was pretty:

I had some free time, so I walked around. First stop, Štvanice.

Next stop, somewhere between Štvanice and Letenské sady.

And finally Letenské sady, a park with a nice view, that a friend had recommended.

On my way back to the hotel, I ran into Prague Folklore Days at Staroměstská.


The view out my hotel room window:

Flying from Prague (PRG) to New York (JFK):

And from New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS):

Lima and Montréal

Posted on July 5, 2015. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

Lima, Perú

Montréal, QC, Canada

Trip to Montréal

Posted on March 9, 2015. Tags: flower, photo, snow. No comments.

Warning: this post contains a few graphic photos of food.


Franconia Notch State Park

Driving North (photos by Emily)


Au Pied de Cochon




Champlain Islands

Ben & Jerry's


Posted on November 25, 2014. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

This IETF was in Honolulu, on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, United States. After work in Honolulu, I took some vacation on the north shore of the island.


I kept my camera out for the flight from Boston to Minneapolis–Saint Paul so I could get videos of take-off and landing, and some photos.


In the morning, I noticed something slightly disconcerting about the architecture in Honolulu: there were many places where doors or windows seemed to be missing. Not removed or broken, just completely missing from the building design. Once I thought about it, I realized that of course it's much less important to keep out the outside air when the tempuratures never really get that cold.

I was busy most of the day, but I got a few pictures of Waikīkī in the evening.



I had some free time to walk around the meeting venue (Hilton Hawaiian Village), stick my foot in the Pacific Ocean, and get some pictures. Also, there were some cute ducklings by the hotel reception area.



I had lunch outside in Ala Moana Beach Park, then walked around taking pictures. Apparently Ala Moana Beach is a popular place for wedding photos, since I saw many being taken. I also learned that the ocean currents take Sundays and Holidays off. I wonder how they know which days are Holidays?



This was the first day of vacation, so I picked up a rental car and gradually made my way from Honolulu to the North Shore. My first stop was the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.

Later on, I accidentally found myself at Puʻu o Mahuka State Historic Site and walked around in the woods until I found a view of the Waimea Valley.

At night, I ate dinner in the hostel common area and then ended up playing cards for hours. I learned a new-to-me game.


One of my cabin-mates offered me scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast. What a great way to start the day! First stop on the day's exploring was the Waimea Valley, this time at ground level.

My next stop was Haleʻiwa for lunch, followed by my first shave ice. It wasn't bad, but I prefer chocolate ice cream. Then I headed to a beach near Kaʻena Point.

Then, on to the Dole Plantation. The Loo Lady climbed a small hill of pineapple, which I then proceeded to eat. It was delicious pineapple.

There were references to Dole's take on their own history in various places. However, I did not notice any references to some of the less than peachy parts of Dole's history. I did not like how one-sided their take on history was.

For dinner, I picked up two types of poke at the supermarket. Both were delicious.


One of my cabin-mates wanted a ride to Honolulu. I didn't have any plans so we (me, him, and David, another cabin-mate) made it a trip. First, he showed us Banzai Pipeline, an interesting break, then we drove to Honolulu. David and I had a really good lunch of Korean food. Then we all meandered back around the coast in a counter-clockwise direction. At Hanauma Bay, I wanted to get a picture of the Loo Lady by the Toilet Bowl. Unfortunately, the trail to the Toilet Bowl was closed. Fortunately, the security officer guarding the trailhead posed for a picture with the Loo Lady so I didn't have to come home empty-camera-ed. At least there were some decent views from near the trailhead.

The drive from Hanauma Bay around the south eastern part of Oʻahu was really pretty, but I didn't get any pictures so you'll just have to take my word for it. Our next stop was the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park where we saw Byodo-in temple, and David and I got to ring a bell. Then I saw a black swan event.

On my walk from the hostel to dinner, I saw a gorgeous sunset where the sun passed just behind Kaʻena Point.


I drove around a bit and chanced on what I think is the Laie Hawaii Temple.

Next I went back to Banzai Pipeline to get some surfing photos. I was quite impressed by the apparent skill involved in surfing.

Then back to Waimea again, this time to the beach.

I went back to Three Tables Beach to see the sunset again. The sun went down in a slightly different place of course, but it was still pretty. And this time I brought my camera. There were also a few surfers out at dusk.


On my last day, I checked out of the hostel and drove to Honolulu. First I saw ʻIolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States.

Then I ate lunch in the center of Diamond Head.

Some more driving around led me to a windy road up a hill over-looking the city.

The Honolulu airport is really interesting. Like other buildings in Hawaii, it has a bunch of parts that are open to the outside air. And it has some nice gardens in the center of the main terminal.


On the flight from Los Angeles to Boston, I used up the last spot on my camera's memory card for this shot:

It was definitely an interesting trip, but I think I enjoy trips to colder places more.

Walking Around Somerville

Posted on September 28, 2014. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

Family Trip

Posted on August 2, 2014. Tags: flower, photo. No comments.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, PA

Baldwin's Book Barn, West Chester, PA

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA