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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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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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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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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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Trip Report: Ricketts Glen

Trip Report: Ricketts Glen

When I first heard about Ricketts Glen State Park, I was incredulous. “22 waterfalls in one place?,” I said. I could hardly believe it. Ricketts Glen sits in north central Pennsylvania, about two hours north of Harrisburg. The entire park boasts nearly 26 miles of hiking trails, but its crown jewel is the 7.2 mile Falls Trail System. In a Y-shaped formation, hikers can see 22 named waterfalls. Hikers can forego the lower part of the Y (an out-and-back segment) for a…

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Wonder Where to Wander? Fall Colors in West Virginia

Wonder Where to Wander? Fall Colors in West Virginia

Since starting Pedals and Pathways, I’ve had two friends suggest that they might benefit from a post from me on a specific subject. Well, I’m honored, for two reasons. One — that anyone is reading, and two — that you’d like my advice. I’ll start with the first query, which had to do with seeing fall colors in West Virginia with a family, using Blackwater Falls as a base. I had the great pleasure of living in West Virginia, on…

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Video: Fall Hiking Attire in Oregon Ridge

Video: Fall Hiking Attire in Oregon Ridge

Go easy on my first video post! Today, I went for a short loop hike in Oregon Ridge Park, a county park in Baltimore County. I did about 6 easy miles through a hardwood forest with 4 small stream crossings, and a few passes through a natural gas pipeline construction zone. What do you wear for fall hikes? I can’t leave home without my Dirty Girl Gaiters and my Buff. Just this year, I started hiking with Altra Lone Peak 2.5…

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