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NJ and PA Bike Trails 2018
Throughout the summer and early fall we spent almost every
weekend riding our mountain bikes totaling 850 miles on various
trails in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We were pleasantly surprised
by the number of trails that existed right in our own "backyard"
spanning the gamut from the lesser known (and one of our personal
favorites) Ironton Rail Trail to the more popular Delaware & Raritan
Canal and Delaware & Lehigh Canal Trails.
Cape Code 2017
Despite it's popularity and close proximity, we had
never been to Cape Code before. So this year, instead of our
usual mega hiking vacation, we opted for a leisurely exploration
of the Cape and tacked on another visit to Acadia National
Park as well.
Oregon has always been on our list of places that we
wanted to visit. With the overcrowding of the national parks
and the fact that we have already been to most of the major
ones, this year seemed like an oppourtune time. Mt. Hood was
the focus, but we also decided to sneak in a visit to Mt. St.
Helens given it's close proximity.
Arizona and Utah 2014
It was 20 years ago since our last trip to Arizona
and Utah so we headed back to see some new places that we
hadn't seen before, like Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument, and revisit some old places where we didn't get
to see everything the first time around, like the north rim
of Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.
Highlands National Park 2013
Our vacation to western Canada in Banff was so
enjoyable last year that we decided to try eastern
Canada this year. By spending a week visiting Cape Breton
Highlands National Park on the northern tip of Nova Scotia,
we traded the rugged majestic mountains for the serene
coastline. Not surprisingly, it reminded us of Acadia
National Park in Maine.
National Park and Banff 2012
When Li and I last visited Banff in 2002,
we enjoyed it so much that we decided to go back again
this year. It was great having my Dad with us on this
trip, and the hikes and scenery were just as spectacular
the second time around. In addition to experiencing more
of the Canadian Rockies, we also spent a few days at
Glacier National Park.
Our winter weekend getaway to Vegas with my Dad
in February included extravagant shows (we witnessed the
magic of David Copperfield and the aquatic acrobatics of
Cirque du Soleil "O"), a visit to Red Rock Canyon, and a
tour of Hoover Dam.
Having already visited most of the
major national parks in the United States, this summer
Li and I headed to Europe for a 10 day circuit hike in
the alpine Mont Blanc region. The cooperative weather,
magnificent scenery, energetic hiking companions, and
fabulous tour guides combined to make this adventure
quite possibly our best vacation yet, and certainly one
that we are not likely to forget any time soon.
Pacific Northwest 2008
This year's vacation took us to the
wet (even during the so called dry season of late
August/early September) but still gorgeous pacific
northwest. The highlights included hikes at Mt. Rainier
National Park, where we enjoyed awe-inspiring views of
this majestic mountain from every angle, as well as
hikes in North Cascades National Park, known for its
rugged peaks and expansive panoramic views.
Coast to Coast Adventures 2007
In 2007, Maureen got the itch to do
one of her long distance treks - this time it was a
two month 4200+ mile bike ride from
Marysville, WA to Gloucester, MA with Cycle America. Li
had no such itch, but as always gave her his full
support, which included
seeing her off at the beginning, visiting her midway,
and picking her up at the end. In so doing, Li's 2007
adventures involved hiking and sight seeing in national
parks and monuments near Seattle, WA (North Cascades,
Olympic, and Mount St Helens) and Rapid City, SD
(Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands), as
well as a brief stop in Mystic Seaport, CT. Then, within
a couple of weeks after returning to NJ, we managed to
squeeze in a visit to Gettysburg, PA.
Colorado Rockies 2006
Our main destination for this trip
was Rocky Mountain National Park, but we couldn't visit
Colorado without tackling a few 14ers. It was our first
time hiking at such high altitudes, and while we managed
to successfully ascend Mt. Elbert and Pikes Peak, our
attempt at Long's Peak failed when we were not able to
negotiate the final pitch of a steep rock slide within
the last quarter mile of the summit. At least we had
good weather (sunny and clear skies) at the beginning of
our trip when did our 14er hikes - after that our luck
ran out and the remaining days were cloudy and rainy.
New Zealand 2005
Our 3 week trip began on North Island
with a visit to the thermal areas, and spectacular
scenery on our first day hike at Tongariro Crossing. The
tour continued on South Island with day hikes in the
glacier region of Mount Cook, followed by 5 days in the
rain forest on the Milford Track. Our journey wrapped up
in Queenstown with day hikes at Routeburn Flats and the
Ben Lomond Trail.
Fall Foliage 2004
We spent a couple of weekends
searching for leaf color in New York's Catskill
Mountains and in State College, PA - home to my alma
mater Penn State.
Colorado Plateau National Parks 2004
My Dad calls this trip our "western
hiking adventure". We began in Moab, Utah and took a
clockwise circuitous route which featured stops
at the following national parks: Arches,
Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon (Dad's favorite), Bryce Canyon,
Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands.
New England 2003
We took a trip in the fall to explore
the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Baxter State
Park and Acadia National Park in Maine. Highlights
included hikes up Mt. Washington and Mt. Katahdin where
we had superior Class 1 weather conditions - much different than
the cloud cover that I had experienced during previous
encounters with these same mountains 10 years ago along
my AT through hike in 1993.
Southwest National Parks 2003
The spectacular scenery on our hikes
at Big Bend, Guadalupe, and Carlsbad National Parks
spanned the gamut from underground cave formations,
to wildflowers on the desert floor, all the way up to mountain
Canadian Rockies (Banff & Jasper) 2002
Our trip to Banff and Jasper is proof
that the Canadian National Parks are just as spectacular
as the National Parks in the United States. We had such
great views of the glaciers, and being able to see the
features close-up during our guided hike on Athabasca
Glacier was a real treat.
Southwestern California National Parks 2000
Our hikes in Yosemite, Sequoia, and
Kings Canyon National Parks captivated our attention
with beautiful waterfalls, intimidating rock walls,
humungous redwoods, and 360 degree vistas.