Eastern US Travel Stories

Rainbow over Niagara Falls

Welcome to the Eastern US Travel Stories. Within these pages, you can read selected stories and musings about our waterfall-themed adventures in the East of the Mississippi. Hopefully, you'll find these stories entertaining and educational. Perhaps you might get a good laugh at our expense, or you might find some nuggets that you can apply to your own travels.

Thumb through the travel stories below. They are arranged chronologically with the most recent escapade at the top. Enjoy :)

Capitol Hill (9-June 2014 to 11-June 2014)
National Mall Rats
: By about 10:35pm, we were finally back at the Residence Inn. We didn't do as much sightseeing as I had hoped on this day, so that meant that tomorrow would be all or nothing in terms of National Mall touring. Hopefully my work-related stuff would conclude earlier rather than later in the afternoon so I could join Julie and Tahia for some sightseeing fun. In any case, I definitely felt like I was coming down with something as my congestion was now stuffing my nose. Fortunately, I was so tired that I was ultimately able to sleep, and I knew that I would get perhaps an hour or more of sleep on this night than I had been getting in the past two weeks, and this was despite my 5:30am wakeup tomorrow (or 2:30am in west coast time!)... [read more]

The Statue of Liberty (10-October 2013 to 11-October 2013, 15-October 2013 to 18-October 2013)
From Albany to Buffalo and More
: But after the initial climb up, I then reached a spot where there was a rope tied across a pair of trees. I was certain this wasn't official as there'd be no way the Forest Service would endorse this. But I sure was glad it was there when I realized that trying to cross the exposed eroded section was way too slippery when I attemped to cross above the rope. All it took was the first step and the slip of that step (without me losing my balance fortunately) to make me realize that the initial approach was too risky... [read more]

Sunrise over fog in Florida, MA (25-September 2013 to 4-October 2013)
Patriot Acts
: During the 80 minutes of driving to this point, I was talking with Julie about the prospect of going all the way out to Bar Harbor and not being able to visit Acadia National Park thanks to the government shutdown. When Julie saw that Acadia National Park did indeed become closed (from her cell phone reception in North Conway), we at first were cursing our luck that we wouldn't get to do this. And yet it was such a long drive to get there, that all of the sudden, we were wondering whether it was even worth it anymore... [read more]

Lake Cumberland (21-October 2012 to 27-October 2012)
Mixing it up in the Blue Grass
: Eventually, the trail started to hug some interesting cliff walls. But it was somewhere at this point that we spotted a deer carcass right next to the hiking trail. The carcass looked like it was a new kill. This freaked Julie out as she treated the dead deer as if it was like spotting a dead human body next to the trail. And not long after accepting that the deer was there and we'd have to go by it, there were a couple of guys in camouflage further up the trail. We suspected that they probably shot the deer, and now Julie was concerned that these folks might be up to no good (i.e. that we might be their next targets). In fact, it could very well be that this deer might have been related to the two deer that we saw cross the road in front of us as we tried to get to the trailhead... [read more]

Brevard (13-October 2012 to 20-October 2012)
God Country
: While we were busy trying to figure out if we had indeed found the trailhead for Yellow Branch Falls, another vehicle pulled up into the lot. It was a lone man, and Julie was eye-ing him because she wasn't sure if he was up to no good or not. So we waited for him to make his move before we got ready with our gear, knowing that this was going to be a longer hike than the short walks throughout yesterday. Once the man made his move towards what appeared to be a shelter, we got out of the car with our gear ready and proceeded towards the same path that the man took. As we approached the shelter, we saw him there sitting... [read more]

Ithaca Falls (15-June 2007 to 18-June 2007)
Picking Waterfalls at the Finger Lakes
: We continued driving through the city towards the signposted High Falls fo the Genesee River. We parked at a pay structure then walked the city streets towards a pedestrian bridge traversing the Genesee River. I felt strange carrying around a tripod and DSLR camera in hiking clothes in the urban jungle, but my mind left this awkwardness when we saw the impressive High Falls... [read more]

Looking over Bridal Veil Falls (13-June 2007 to 14-June 2007)
Niagara Falls Every Which Way
: As the boat pulled away from the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, I suddenly felt something warm hit me in the face. It didn't take long to figure out what had just happened. "OOOHHH CRAP!" I exlaimed to Julie. Obviously, I got hit in the face by bird crap by one of the many birds flying around the American side of the falls. It was gross! [read more]

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