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Bikepacking: A Primer

Bikepacking: A Primer

Check out my guest post on DC UL Backpacking’s blog. In my post, I cover how to equip yourself for your first bikepacking trip, with an aim for comfort and safety. DC UL Backpacking specializes in high-mileage, lightweight backpacking trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Our goal is to cultivate a community of independent outdoors men and women who want nothing more than to have a fulfilling backcountry experience. DC UL Backpacking Find out more about DC UL Backpacking…

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Utah Part II: Bryce and Arches

Utah Part II: Bryce and Arches

This is the second post in a series about spectacular places in Utah based on my recent trip in March, 2019. In the first post, I talked about Zion National Park. This post will focus on two other highlights of the trip: Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks. After leaving Zion, we drove north toward Bryce on highway 89, covering a distance of about 75 miles. Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon is known for its large concentration of hoodoos,…

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Bikes and Beers: Frederick

Bikes and Beers: Frederick

Last Saturday, April 27, 2019, I completed my second Bikes and Beers supported bike ride in the beautiful rolling hills of Frederick, Maryland (actually, the ride itself is pretty flat). I like these organized group rides because the organizers do a good job of getting enthusiastic cyclists out on the road while also encouraging proper cycling etiquette. People from all walks of life come to these rides, from the kitted-up cyclist with a $10,000 bike, to someone like me, to…

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Utah Part I: Zion

Utah Part I: Zion

I visited Southern Utah recently. My route started in Las Vegas and took me through Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks. This is my first post in a series about some very beautiful places in Utah. This post will focus on Zion National Park and surrounding areas. I’ve seen Utah three times before, but I am always wanting to go back. When I hear the word “vacation,” I immediately picture myself scrambling on the slickrock and…

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Glamping in the Golden Years

Glamping in the Golden Years

When I was a kid, my parents never took me camping. It simply wasn’t on our radar as a recreational activity. But my brother was in the Cub Scouts, and his troop did some things that resembled camping, and I thought it looked like fun and that I would like to do it. I joined the Girl Scouts in elementary school, and by “join” I mean I showed up to one meeting. I thought we were going to talk about…

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The Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage

I’ve devoted a lot of space on this blog to travel reports or hiking. But the “pedals” part of Pedals and Pathways is sometimes missing. I ride a bike too, although I am never sure what to call myself: a cyclist? No, I don’t wear those color-coordinated kits and I’m not actually very fast. A biker? That seems more like a motorcyclist. More often than not, I’ve been a rail trail rider.  I dig a good rail trail, and it…

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Trip Report: Seattle and Vancouver

Trip Report: Seattle and Vancouver

There are a few places I would go time and time again. Zion and the Grand Canyon. The Adirondacks. And Seattle. My partner’s job frequently sends him to Seattle for conferences and I like to go along when I can. A few weeks ago, we had the chance to go back. He was in the conference most of the day, so I got out and about. My preferred mode of travel is by foot, so I spent a lot of…

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Welcome 2018

Welcome 2018

I come back to this quiet space to find a lot of spam comments about Cialis and Viagra. Well, I don’t need those. Not right now. I did want to write down some thoughts about last year, and some ideas for this one. I find New Year’s Resolutions just as cheesy as the next person, but it helps to have some inspiration. A goal, an incentive, something to challenge myself or look forward to. Or maybe both. In 2017, I…

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Keystone Trails Association Trail Challenge

Keystone Trails Association Trail Challenge

Before too much time goes by, I want to tell you about my experience at this wonderful and well-organized event. Held on September 9, 2017 and also known as the KTA Trail Challenge or the Susquehanna Super Hike, this event offers challengers a 25K or a 50K along the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River in South Central Pennsylvania. Participants can trail run or just plain hike depending on what kind of a challenge is desired. The event is organized…

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My Adventure on the John Muir Trail

My Adventure on the John Muir Trail

In July 2014, I hiked the northern half of the John Muir Trail. I started at Mono Creek and walked north to Happy Isles. The distance was roughly 100 miles. But as always in life, there’s a chain of events that got me there. In November of 2012, I left a six-year marriage. Once I was alone, I started to pursue things I had always wanted to do or thought I might enjoy. I had gone backpacking with friends in…

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