Who likes otters? I LOVE OTTERS. Before going to San Francisco, I’d heard a lot about the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the conservation efforts, so obviously, I wanted to go over there and support them. First off, Monterey Bay is gorgeous. It has stunning beaches and the ocean water is glorious. Hooray for conservation waters!
This was an amazing aquarium, and my favorite aspect was the overlook on the back part of the aquarium that connected to the ocean. We spent so much time there peering out the viewers to see seals basking on rocks and swimming around, as well as the little otters poking their heads out of the water.
So, back when we road tripped up to Salem, Massachusetts, we ended up making a stop off in Connecticut. We pulled in here, because hey, pizza and puns!? Where could we go wrong?
Actually, I’d like to addendum here. I did not end up eating here, because in my anal retentive planning-ness, I had decided to bring bags and bags of trail mix and sesame snacks, etc, which I continually offered to my lovely car companions. They claimed they wanted ‘real food’ and chose to go to Slice of Heaven. How wrong they would be.
So we go in, and the place is pretty empty, with a sad, withering couple slices out front. But hey, sometimes it’s because a fresh pie is getting made! But no…no, that’s what they had left. Literally all they had left. So my friends got their single slices and proceeded to feast on the flattest pizza known to man, also referred to as cardboard. The slices were far from heavenly, so we ended up swinging by good ol’ Burger King. Meanwhile, I continued to enjoy my crunchings and munchings free of charge.
Years ago now, we did a road trip up to Niagara Falls and Salem, but first on the agenda we went to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Obviously, as a writer I thrive on stories, and one of my favorite ones from when I was younger was the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. So when I realized that Sleepy Hollow was a short excursion within driving distance? We made the trek up and checked out the cemetery!
While we weren’t attacked by any Headless Horsemen, I must say, it was a cool excursion and by ways of cemeteries, worth a look. There are tons of old gravestones in ancient scrawl and neat bridges like the one above. Plus, the mausoleums scattered about the place are gorgeous works of art with some recognizable names. If you’re up in the area, it’s definitely worth the stop.
Key thing about taking an adventure doesn’t have to do with going to the most remote place on the planet or most talked about. The spirit of an adventure is exploring somewhere new, even if it’s just new to you.
So for me and my husband this past Valentine’s day, our date consisted of a wintry walk through a local park in Pennsylvania. While I had explored this place before, something about the light slow drifting down made the walk positively magical. The cold pinks your cheeks, chills your ears, and the fluffy snowflakes clung to my hair, my clothes–everything. But with so few people on the trails, the pale accumulations were pristine, and the snowfall didn’t accumulate so much as to deter our walk, just make it a bit more treacherous. Of course, that just makes it all the more thrilling.