Field Trip to the Public Garden

Field Trip to the Public Garden

If it’s Spring, we’re going to the Public Garden – that’s just a fact. It happens every year, so you should be used to it by now. I confess I’ve been sitting on these photos all week, less because I…

In Which I Stand in Front of Many Trees

In Which I Stand in Front of Many Trees

We couldn’t stand being inside another minute now that nice weather is upon us, so we grabbed keys and camera and headed into Boston. First stop was in Dorchester for some banh mi (it’s been a while!). And since we…

Russian Icon Museum

Russian Icon Museum

Now that the weekend is nearly upon us, I should probably get around to telling you all about las weekend. While house hunting has become our primary pastime suddenly, we are trying hard to squeeze in other activities so we…

Of Opus Dei, Instincts, and Tiffany Mosaics

Of Opus Dei, Instincts, and Tiffany Mosaics

The theory has been put forth – at different times by different people, none of whom are named Yen Tran – that I move through this world largely clueless about my surroundings. Or to be more precise, that I am…

Harvard Natural History Museum

Harvard Natural History Museum

I told you about one field trip during our staycation, but I’ve been lazy about posting the photos from our other field trip. The Harvard Natural History Museum is free for Massachusetts residents on Sunday mornings. We braved a blustery,…

Higgins Armory

Higgins Armory

I’ve been to Higgins Armory before. David and I went there in 2004 when he came to visit. After Yen and I decided on a staycation for Presidents Day, we put it on our list for a visit. Here’s what…

Lyman Greenhouses

Lyman Greenhouses

Because it’s so cold and snowy outside, I have a present for you. We took a field trip Saturday (because we were so very cold and wanted to feel a hint of spring) to the Lyman Greenhouses. These are historic…

Mt Auburn Cemetery After Snow

Mt Auburn Cemetery After Snow

We got up this morning to find six inches of lovely, powdery snow on the ground. If we weren’t both still nursing colds, it would have been the perfect day to do some cross-country skiing. But no, we ate dim…

Macedonia State Park and Mt Auburn Cemetery (yes, again)

Macedonia State Park and Mt Auburn Cemetery (yes, again)

David flew out for the weekend with the specific goal of joining us for a hike. The leaves are really past peak, so we tried going south. It didn’t really work as far as leaves go, but we definitely found…

Bartholomew's Cobble and Bash Bish

Bartholomew’s Cobble and Bash Bish

This weekend’s trip was to the Berkshires. We started with Bartholomew’s Cobble, a place we’ve both been wanting to cross off the list for a while. It’s definitely out of the way if you’re driving from the Boston area, and…

Wachipauka Pond, Webster Slide Trail, Doane's Falls, and High Ledges

Wachipauka Pond, Webster Slide Trail, Doane’s Falls, and High Ledges

We packed a lot into this weekend. Still searching for the best fall leaves, we started by heading north into NH. We knew that the Whites are pretty much past peak, so we went west and stayed a bit south,…

Crystal Cascade, Glen Ellis Falls, and West Rattlesnake Mountain

Crystal Cascade, Glen Ellis Falls, and West Rattlesnake Mountain

Fall managed to sneak up on us this year, and we don’t have the focused plan for optimal foliage viewing like we did last year. Central to that is a place to stay in New Hampshire over Columbus Day Weekend,…

The Trails at Crane Beach

The Trails at Crane Beach

How many times have I been to Crane Beach? Twenty? That’s definitely not an exaggeration – maybe even more. With one exception, I’ve always just made a beeline for the beach and roamed around, having a lovely time. The exception…

Mini Vacation in Maine (Part 2)

Mini Vacation in Maine (Part 2)

If you head to Acadia, pick up a good map. The one available in the visitor center isn’t terrific. You need something more detailed if you’re going to get away from all of the people climbing Beehive in their flipflops….

Mini Vacation in Maine (Part 1)

Mini Vacation in Maine (Part 1)

If there’s one thing Yen and I know, it’s how to maximize a weekend. Maybe it didn’t feel very wise as we sat in traffic Friday afternoon, and it sure didn’t feel wise as we struggled to stay awake through…