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Top Things to See at the MET: The MET Museum Highlights Tour

The MET Museum houses more than 2 million works of art. It’s the largest museum in America and one of the largest in the world. To say it’s overwhelming is an understatement. So if you’re going to visit, you need a game plan. Basically, you’re going to do a loop counter-clockwise on the ground floor, then go up the main stairs and loop clockwise around the top floor. That’ll allow you to hit all the sections with the best flow. If you want to see the video tour, watch it here. Otherwise, read on. So you enter the Great Hall and go to your right. This is Egypt. Go to the end of the hallway until you get to the Temple of Dendur. That little body of water is meant to represent the Nile. You’ll notice throughout the MET, they’ve tried to recreate the way things would have looked if…

Museum of Ice Cream Details

There’s a lot of hype about the Museum of Ice Cream. I’ll tell you all about it and let you judge for yourself. First off, you have to have a ticket to get in – there is no standby line. All 30,000 tickets sold out in a few days, and then they extended it for another two weeks in September and they sold out in a matter of minutes. Tickets are timestamped. You show up around your time and they put you in a group of 10 people. You move through the museum with this same group of 10 people. This was a brilliant idea because it never got crowded and it keeps the flow moving steadily. The museum is broken into 7 rooms. You stay with your group and move in order. Once you go into one room you can’t go back to the previous room. Since I didn’t…

Up Late on the High Line

We were super excited about tonight. The High Line, which we’ve been on plenty of times before, invited the City to come out and play after dark, in an event they called Up Late on the High Line. Along with the ability to roam the park after normal closing hours, they invited artists to create various light and sound installations to entertain us. Sounds like an amazing event, right? You can see why we were excited to go. And so was everyone else. We waddled along and saw a few cool things (check out the video below for the full experience), but around 10:45 it was already too packed and they were asking people to leave. We made it to about the Standard: So we turned back and took a few long exposures on 14th Street just to kill some time… And then we wandered along 14th Street to Black…

Secret Nature Sanctuary in Central Park

Today I checked another box off my bucket list. I explored the extremely rarely open (as in a few hours per year) Hallett Nature Sanctuary. The Hallett Nature Sanctuary as seen from across the Pond. So the history here is that in 1934, Robert Moses, the Parks Commissioner at the time, closed these 4 acres of Central Park to the public for use as a bird sanctuary. And it stayed closed to the public for 79 years. It’s like the Forbidden City, but in Central Park. Forbidden for us at least. The birds love it. Here’s a robin’s nest. It’s still a bird-watcher’s heaven. Over the next several decades, Parks Department officials used the sanctuary as an experiment: what would happen to the parks if we didn’t take care of them at all (just let them grow wild)? A few invasive species got in, along with some invasive insects, so…

Las Vegas Neon Boneyard Review and Pictures

After work today, we went out to the Neon Graveyard. It’s been on our bucket list and it was the only touristy thing we wanted to accomplish on this trip. I also found out it’s actually called the Neon Boneyard. Our experience was not great. Which is very disappointing. This place has so much potential! Here’s how it plays out. They treat it like a museum. The tickets actually call it the “Neon Museum.” But you’re not allowed to wander or explore like a normal museum. You’re required to go with a tour guide… …and you’re not allowed to stray from the group or even lag behind to take pictures. Right. Like I’m going to allow a ton of people to be every one of my pictures. Needless to say, I lagged behind as much as I could. I wasn’t alone though. Isa stayed back with me too. :)…

Minerva Mountain Trail in Ketchikan Alaska

It was a beautiful day in Ketchikan, so we couldn’t waste it inside. The weather said it’d rain later in the afternoon, so we wanted to get an early jump on the day. I met up with Ali around 9am and we headed up to Carlanna Lake Trail. The beginning part of the Carlanna Lake Trail is wide and gradual. It’s probably only about a 5-minute walk from the parking lot to the lake, at which point you’re graced with this incredible view. The lake is always calm, the reflection on point, and that lone tree is just begging to be photographed (check out my instagram of that tree from an earlier hike up here). Walking alongside the lake is equally as relaxing. The trail meanders through the woods and peeks out two or three times to docks with benches so you can relax on the lake. Just beyond…

Float Plane to Misty Fjords Alaska

Today we took our annual end-of-the-season excursion. In the past, we’ve taken helicopters to glaciers and chartered a boat to Tracy’s Arm. This time we did something that’s been on my bucket list for a long time. We took a float plane to Misty Fjords (to be honest, riding in a float plane was on my bucket list, Misty Fjords was not, but it should have been). 9/24 Update: If pics aren’t good enough, the video is at the end of this post. We flew with Taquan Air. Our group was split in two planes since there were 9 of us and one plane couldn’t quite fit all of us. The flight took about 40 minutes from Ketchikan, around a few cool sights, and then landing in a calm inlet. Here’s our route in case you’re curious. (I was, which is why I put that thing together.) I sat up…

Elfin Cove and Juneau Alaska Easy Hiking Trails

Isa came up to visit and we played (and worked) a lot! We did three hikes: Brotherhood Trail, the Flume Trail, and Mt Roberts (to the tram). Isa also took a side trip to Elfin Cove to visit her dad who was fishing there with some clients at the time. Here’s a recap of her visit: Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Brotherhood Trail) I’ve wanted to see this view for a long time and never knew where it was until this season. It’s super easy to get to if you have a car, which we don’t, but not hard on the bus either. From downtown (Federal Building), the Route 4 Mendenhall bus took about 35 minutes. Just go out past Safeway and stop as soon as you cross the river. There’s a little parking lot there and this view of the fireweed and Mendenhall Glacier is literally from the parking lot. The…

Exploring San Francisco on Foot

After a crazy fast trip to Utah so I could train the new interns, Isa and I decided to do an even faster trip to San Francisco. We arrived late Friday night after a very frustrating delay from Delta (who claimed it was too hot to take off from SLC because it was over 90 degrees). We finally arrived at our AirBnb in Walnut Creek a little after midnight and went straight to bed. We slept in a little because Utah was exhausting and then we jumped on Bart (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to head into the City. We didn’t really have a plan, so there was a lot of wandering and just finding things as we went. By the end of the day, we had covered 10.84 miles! We took Bart to the Civic Center stop, which looked cool on the map – almost like Lincoln Center with its…

Mt Roberts, Gastineau, and Gold Ridge Trail Guide

Two down, three to go. (Of the five peaks in Juneau) Tanner and I (and Panda, who had to bail early to go to work) hiked Mt. Roberts today. It was much longer and more difficult than we had anticipated. But much more worth it than I thought it’d be. Douglas Island (left) and Downtown Juneau with Mt Roberts Tram station (center) and Father Brown’s Cross (far right) We started hiking around 9:30am. Well, I left my apartment around 9am (at sea level) and hiked up to the interns’ apartment on 7th (already at 200ft although it feels like way more than just 200ft). We took the 6th Street entrance because it takes so much longer to go around to Basin Road. No longer maintained, but not technically off limits. There are a few landslides and downed trees that you have to traverse and the trail itself is a little…