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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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Trip Report: Dry Tortugas

Trip Report: Dry Tortugas

I started out writing about my experience in the Dry Tortugas and then when I re-read it, it was boring. The Dry Tortugas are anything but boring, so I’m trying again. What you need to know: the Dry Tortugas are a small set of islands, or keys, 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, which is the last key connected by the Florida Overseas Highway. The Dry Tortugas are a national park. Inside the park is Fort Jefferson. To get…

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Trip Report: Grayson Highlands

Trip Report: Grayson Highlands

I had to wait for Memorial Day weekend to make this trip happen, seeing as it’s a good six-plus hours from Baltimore, at nearly the most southwestern point of Virginia. I had been wanting to go here for quite a while, after hearing about the wild ponies and seeing photographs of the high-elevation mountain balds. I did this hike with DC UL Backpacking, a Meetup group I first went out with in 2013. I wanted to do more backpacking, but…

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Review: Bikes and Beers Frederick

Review: Bikes and Beers Frederick

My site name does say “pedals,” doesn’t it? I suppose I should write about some of the pedalling activity I do. Believe it or not, I do like to pedal. I’ve always considered myself a hard-core rail trail rider. I would like to ride a rail trail, or at least a multi-use bike trail, in every state. Is it possible? I’ve always felt that rail trail riding is safer, meditative, easier, and sometimes, depending on the location, more beautiful. My…

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