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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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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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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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Readers’ Advisory: The Grand Canyon

Readers’ Advisory: The Grand Canyon

I’m a librarian in real life. While that does not necessarily mean that I like to shush people and read a lot of books, it does mean that I might like to recommend some books to you. My favorites change by the day, with a few unchanging authors in the top slots. I tend to really like books that relate to some aspect of the human experience. I also like to read about places I’m interested in, am going to, or have been. Travel…

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