New York and Boston (Photos)

My summer fling with New York City was unfortunately short-lived. It really was love at first sight on that taxi ride to our hotel, and to think I merely had a glimpse on this trip. What can I say, there’s just something about the hustle and bustle that makes you feel excited, adventurous, and inspired.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

– Tom Wolfe

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Enchanted Rock and Peaches

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area features a grand, pink granite dome surrounded by various trails, rocks, and camp sites. Enchanted Rock is part of one of the largest batholiths [underground rock formations unveiled by erosion] in the United States. Vernal pools, located near the summit, catch rain water, and form microhabitats that play an integral role in the preservation of this natural area. This enchanted dome was considered a mystical location by Indian tribes, and they were hesitant of “ghost fires” that flickered towards the top and the sound of the rock creaking. Scientist contribute the “ghost fires” to reflections of the sun along the vernal pools, and geologists state the creaking is due to change in temperature.

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