In August I set out to road trip Utah and visit some of the big national parks out there. Utah has 5 beautiful and vastly different national parks. And I’m here to tell you what we did and what I’d do differently next time!
I’m sitting in my car in the parking lot of a Charlottesville coffee shop. I’m fueling up after a stretch of road back up the East coast of the US. But before I make my way back to Philadelphia, I am going to spend a couple of nights solo camping at Shenandoah National Park.
“Aren’t you supposed to do that with people? You know, the buddy system?"“Well I can’t keep waiting to do it with somebody - otherwise I’ll never do it!"
This is not a post that will describe an intense day of backcountry skiing. Elk Mountain is a little backcountry.Although that might be #lifegoals - does anybody want to take me under their wing and teach me?
This is also not a post where you will read about an amazingly positive day on the mountain with no tears and no falling. Because, oh boy, did I fall. Sidenote: HOW do people just go skiing for whole days and not fall once? Will I ever get there? What does that feel like?
This will however, be a post where I (spoiler alert) FINALLY SKIED A BLACK DIAMOND.
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.
If you are looking for tips as far as camping at Assateague State Park, keep an eye out in this post for italics! I will have Assateague Tips spread throughout. So when I started this blog, I was overwhelmed with ideas for camping trips. Man, were they going to be awesome! I had a tent, so that's half the battle right there, right? I was all, "I LOVE CAMPING."
Without ever actually going camping. Ever. Not even sleep-away camp. Once I slept in a tent in my friend's backyard. But I didn't have to put it up. I just ran around and played man hunt until it was time to go to sleep. What if I had all of these ideas and adventures in my head, but I hated camping? It's totally plausible.