Spring is, believe it or not, is the most difficult time of the year for me to get out and mountain bike and hike. A lot of factors...the inevitable rainy weather, muddy trail conditions (which end up closing the trails at the local county parks), and the end of the school year activities and field trips that all happen in April and May...are in play here and, especially last year, put a damper on the amount of time I'm able to enjoy the outdoors the way that I would like to. I'm almost embarrassed to say that (for all the reasons previously listed) I didn't ride my mountain bike even once in May of 2018. This Spring, thankfully, has proven to be much more "trail" friendly than last.
|Yes...I took a pic of my bike surrounded by wildflowers (Dame's Rockets) at Lake Kain County Park. -- May 18, 2019|
My wife, Robin, and I have continued our commitment to at least one hike a week. Rocky Ridge County Park is our default location to hike if we are pressed for time...but this Spring we've spent time hiking on the Gettysburg National Military Park, near the Bedford Springs Hotel, and at Nixon County Park. Family is always welcome on our hikes...Alex has come on a number of them (most recently at Nixon Park)...but now we are able to include our nieces and nephew who, just recently, moved back to Pennsylvania from Arizona. Their energy is high and their imaginations are boundless...making our time together in the woods something extra special.
|Hiking at the Bedford Springs with my niece, Sophie. -- April 27, 2019|
|Hiking (and pretending to be Thor) at the Bedford Springs with my nephew, Isaac. -- April 27, 2019|
|Hiking at the Bedford Springs with Robin, Jackie, Sophie, and Isaac. -- April 27, 2019|
|Hiking the top of Big Round Top at the Gettysburg National Military Park with Robin. -- May 4, 2019|
|Exploring Union fortifications built by Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at the top of Big Round Top at the Gettysburg National Military Park. -- May 4, 2019|
|Hiking and exploring the rock outcroppings at Nixon County Park with Alex and Robin. -- May 19, 2019|
My mountain bike has made more than a few appearances over the past few months and so have some of my riding partners. Just like for my hikes, Rocky Ridge makes a perfect place for me to ride after school if I'm limited on time (Tim and Chris have met me there for a few rides)...but I've also managed to ride some of my other "not so far away" destinations. Back in April, Jay Zech and I made a trip to Harrisburg so I could introduce him to the super cool single track that makes up the Parkway Trail System. Last week, Chris Keller and I explored the back side of William Kain County Park which includes the two drainage tunnels underneath Interstate 83. I know I'm stating the obvious when I say that I love riding my mountain bike...and it was so refreshing to be able to get out the few times that I could and not have a repeat of last May.
|Riding Trail #8 at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- May 3, 2019|
|Exploring a "not so often explored" section of trail at Rocky Ridge County Park with Tim & Adam. -- May 3, 2019|
|Saturday afternoon ride at Rocky Ridge County Park with Chris, Jay, and our young friend, Josh. -- May 11, 2019|
|About to enter the northern tunnel under Interstate 83 at William Kain County Park...one of the more unique rides in our neck of the woods. -- May 18, 2019|
|Chris Keller and I riding William Kain County Park. -- May 18, 2019|
|Hiking at Rocky Ridge and enjoying a wonderful dose of Vitamin N with my beautiful wife, Robin. -- April 20, 2019|
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- May 30, 2019
David A. Raymond -- May 30, 2019
NMS 8th Grade Recognition Night -- May 23, 2019
Here are the GARMIN maps and data from rides and hikes featured in this post. #OptOutside
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