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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 2016
    • 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.

  • Cape Breton 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.

  • Glacier 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.

  • Las Vegas 2012
    • 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.

  • Mont Blanc 2009
    • 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 top vistas.

  • 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.


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