I am away cruising with the family for another couple of days, so you get the treat of another Sunshine Chasers feature! I am particularly jazzed about this one because it is from my home state. Yes, fellow Philadelphians, I think Pittsburgh is awesome. I will say it loud and say it proud! Marissa graciously stepped up to the plate to convince you all with an AMAZING Pittsburgh guide. Thanks Marissa!
I had a post from Austin all queued up for this week, sharing my favorite things from my trip. But when I sat down to write it last night (procrastination station, much?), I knew my happiness levels called for a different kind of post. If you’ve been reading, you know it is my New Year’s Resolution to travel 12 times in 2016. One trip for every month of the year! I just returned back from my January trip. It was a weekend away in Northeast Pennsylvania…an official ski weekend at Elk Mountain!
I've been working on a guest post all about Philadelphia lately. And I've realized that I don't really do a fantastic job of highlighting my own dang city! Or at least things in the area. Being a travel blogger is fantastic, but I can't forget that I am very much a part-time traveler. The rest of that time, I need to remember where I live.
Philadelphia has a couple of "City to Shore" rides, where you ride your bike essentially from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore. As it so happens, I am riding a 100 mile route in October as part of the MS City to Shore ride. But there are other ways to bike to the shore. Like hop on your bike and get those wheels turnin'!
Philadelphians often speak of the Delaware River. It's a Philadelphia border, of course they know what it is! But adventures? I am not talking about tall ships or rubber ducks here, Philadelphia. Do you know how long the Delaware River actually is? Wikipedia tells me it is 301 miles long. That’s a lot of miles left unexplored if you only stick to Philadelphia’s portion of the Delaware. I don't blame you, I didn't really start getting out there until last week. But I do have two activities for you to try if you want to branch out river puns!
In the nature of finally getting out there and doing what makes me happy, I've got a hike for you as well as a bike. How exciting, no?
All winter, I was hemming and hawing and whining and crying about how I just wanted to go on an outdoor adventure. And how “Philadelphia sucks. There’s nowhere to go around here.” But I’ve been trying regardless, and while I STILL have yet to talk about bikepacking…I have been trying a couple of day hikes that leave me feeling pretty good.
I am digging my bicycle right now. Like, a lot. It is such a good feeling to be out on the roads with the sun warming your skin. I can bike by myself and be perfectly content, but biking with friends is pretty fantastic too. I can talk about leaving Philadelphia all I want, but one thing I LOVE about the city is how easy it is to find people to ride bikes with. As long as you put yourself out there, I think you can find somebody you like to ride with. Sounds great, right?
Now add drinking beer and eating lunch to the mix and you have an even better time. I know, a lot of other places in the United States seemingly have more accessible options for outdoorsing and beering. But Philly can hold its own when it comes to biking and beer!