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Thursday, December 26, 2019

CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF 2019

My Aunt Debby once told me that my grandfather, George Morosky, loved to take pictures...and that he had a camera with him all of the time.  Grandpap passed away in 1984 when I was only 10 years old. I still have fond memories of him which include morning Hungry Jack pancakes, daily walks, and spitting watermelon seeds into the grass on hot summer evenings...but I don't remember the camera.  Yet, as I began combing through my family pics from the 70s and 80s looking for a good picture of Grandpap George and me I began to see it...Grandpap and his camera at Kennywood...Grandpap and his camera at Christmas Eve gathering...Grandpap with is camera hanging around his neck just about everywhere.


Grandpap George Morosky at Kennywood Park.  My cousin, Josh, is standing next to him and my brother, Jake, is in the foreground on the right. -- Summer 1982

I love pictures, too.  I have no idea if that love was somehow passed on to me by my grandfather...but I think it's super cool that I have one of the same interests that he did.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to document my experiences and adventures with pictures.  I'm sure, at some level, it probably annoys those I hike or bike with when I stop to take my photos.  Regardless...I pause to capture the beauty as often as I can.  In 2019 I found beauty just about everywhere that I went.  The twenty pictures that follow are my favorite of the past year.  No timers and no selfies...just me getting really lucky with my phone.  They are (except for the gratuitous pic of the root beer float) in the order in which I took them...taking me through the seasons and adventures of the past year.  Enjoy.


I took this pic while hiking up Pole Steele trail in Michaux State Forest.  I have no idea who put that rock there...but the heart shape is pretty cool...just like the January air.  -- January 27, 2019

I had the opportunity to take a day off of school in early March and take my bike over to Michaux State Forest.  It was the first time I ever rode there solo...so I did a super cool gravel ride and stayed on the fire roads.  I took this picture of the early Spring clouds rolling in over a recently logged area near Piney Mountain Ridge Road. -- March 22, 2019

Yeah....I got super lucky with this picture of the sun setting in Corolla, North Carolina.  --  June 13, 2019

Alex, Devin, Jackie, and I slogged our way down Jonathan Run Trail and then climbed down to Jonathan Run Falls in Ohiopyle State Park.  So beautiful.  --  June 20, 2019

On our way to a dinner date, Robin and I parked on the top level of the parking garage in York, Pennsylvania.  From the top level, I  took this picture of Central Market and Market Street in downtown York.  -- June 22, 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece...Fallingwater.  We visited this famous home on a rainy, dreary day...but that didn't prevent us from soaking in the beauty of the home.  What was especially awesome about this trip was that we visited the home on the very first day that it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. --  July 7, 2019

An area of Michaux State Forest that I don't get to often...I took this pic of the Long Pine Run Reservoir on a ride with Tim and Matt.  --  July 9, 2019

In July, Robin and I toured a small section of Skyline drive and decided to get out and take a hike.  What we found...Black Rock Summit...was truly breathtaking.  -- July 20, 2019

Another picture from Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  -- July 20, 2019

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is a beautiful building.  Our tour guide recommended taking a picture near the reflecting pond.  Good advice.  -- July 21, 2019

The illuminated fountains at Longwood Gardens with the sun setting in the background.  -- August 10, 2019

Not only did I witness my lowly Pittsburgh Pirates win in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 9th against the Cincinnati Reds...but I got to view PNC Park looking especially alive afterward.  -- September 27, 2019

As I was riding Rusty Chair Trail at Rocky Ridge County Park I HAD to stop and take this photo of the sun peering through the autumn foliage and illuminating the trail ahead of me.  -- November 8, 2019

The city of Baltimore, Maryland as seen at sunset from the Top of the World Observation Level. Robin and I took Jackie, Shalice, and Jennifer that that evening to experience the Festival of Lights.  The city didn't disappoint.  -- November 9, 2019

19 degrees and snow on the ground as the morning sun began to shine on our campsite in Ricketts Glen State Park  -- November 17, 2019

I took a lot of pics of the lush greens that make up the landscape of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Florida...but this one pic, that I took in black and white, is one of my favorites.  -- December 3, 2019

Making our way up to the Hobe Mountain observation deck in Jonathan Dickinson State Park I paused to capture the setting sun.  I love the vibrant colors in this picture.  -- December 3, 2019

The mirror image of the clouds reflecting over the water that makes up MacArthur Beach State Park in Florida makes this picture one of a kind.  -- December 6, 2019

I've been to George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation almost 15 times.  I took this picture of the mansion at Christmas Illuminations.  This inspiring house seems even more so in this picture.  -- December 20, 2019

Yes...the title of the blog is ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM.  You can't go wrong with a root beer float at the Bobcat Creamery.  The pic isn't bad either. -- November 23, 2019


If Grandpap George Morosky was around today I think the two modern things that he would be most fascinated with would be seedless watermelon and digital cameras.  I wonder how many hundreds of rolls of film he went through in his lifetime.  Heck...as of this writing...I have taken exactly 7,934 pictures since January 1, 2019.  Assuming film would cost at least $3 a roll, with 24 pictures on each roll, and maybe $5 to get them developed...those almost 8,000 pictures would have cost me just about $2,650 this year.  Incredible.  My grandfather apparently loved documenting memories and capturing the beauty...and so do I.  That's a pretty cool thing.


That's a one year old me sitting on my Grandpap George's lap and next to my grandmother, Rose Morosky. -- Christmas 1974


Life is a journey...not a destination.




David A. Raymond -- December 26, 2019


Today's post is dedicated to my father, David M. Raymond.  Today is his 69th birthday...and a guy couldn't ask for a better father than my dad.  His wisdom, kindness, and patience cannot be matched.  I can only strive to live my life like him.  I love you, dad.  Happy birthday!  -- July 4, 2019


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Monday, December 31, 2018

BACKTRACKING 2018

There wasn't anything normal about 2018. It's been a year of extreme humidity, single digit temperatures, and more rainy days than I can remember in my lifetime.  Even on the "dry" days riding conditions were challenging,  at best.   Mud and water and more mud seemed to be the recurring theme of the the past year.  With the exception of a ride I took in Mesa, Arizona, I don't recall a single time this year when the trails were dry and dusty.   Regardless, the conditions didn't stop me (or my riding partners) opting outside to turn some pedals.  As a matter of fact, I rode (and cleaned my drive train) quite regularly and quite often.

My Stumpjumper nestled in low hanging clouds and resting on the sign in Michaux State Forest marking the border of Cumberland and Adams Counties. -- July 31, 2018

Throughout the course of 2018, I rode my mountain bike in, at least, sixteen different places...making my normal trips to places like Michaux State Forest, Swatara State Park, and Rocky Ridge County Park and returning to Patapsco Valley State Park and Camp Tuckahoe for the first time in a few years.  I also rode, for the first time, on the trails behind the Bedford Springs Hotel, the Bedford Heritage Trail, the Milton Hershey Medical Center Trail System, and in Shawnee State Park.  This year is the first year that I began to explore other riding options...using my mountain bike for road cycling when winter conditions just weren't cooperating.  Joining me this year were Mark Lentz, Chris Keller, Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, Adam Zeigler, Ben Kelly, Brent Shirk, Mike Alicea, and my son, Alex.  No ride is a bad ride and all rides are fun in their own unique way...but the following ten rides stand out to me as the best of 2018.  I didn't list them in any particular order except that the ride I have in the #1 spot really was my favorite ride of the past year.  I wish a safe and happy New Year to all...and I hope to see all of my riding friends out on the trails again in 2019.  Enjoy!


#10. DESERT BIKE RIDE -- JUNE 10, 2018


On a brief visit to Arizona to see my brother and my nieces and nephew, I slipped out for morning ride (on my brother's 1990s Cannondale) in the Arizona desert.  The early morning temperatures had already reached 95 degrees and, about five miles out, I realized that my water bottle had fallen off of the bike.  Not willing to risk anything, I turned back for my brother's house.  This was, by far, the driest ride of 2018!

Taking a break during my morning ride in Mesa, Arizona. -- June 10, 2018

My brother's old-school Cannondale.  Superstition Mountain is visible in the distance. -- June 10, 2018


#9. WRAPPING UP THE SCHOOL YEAR 

ROAD RIDE WITH ALEX -- JUNE 7, 2018


Alex and I didn't ride far...but any ride with my son is special.  The fact that it was also the last day of the school year made it even more memorable.  This is the only ride on my Roubaix that made my top 10 list this year.

Celebrating the last day of the 2017-18 school year with a road ride with my son, Alex. -- June 7, 2018


#8. WET and MUDDY MICHAUX 

MOUNTAIN BIKING WITH TIM and MATT -- JULY 31, 2018


This late July ride in Michaux State Forest came the morning after a torrential rain (as did most of the rides this year).  The humidity was thick and the clouds were hanging extra low...completely surrounding the forest.  This ride included the best rock garden in Michaux, fun descents, twisty single track, and multiple stream crossings.

Taking a break after Tim, Matt, and I finished riding one of my favorite rock gardens in Michaux State Forest. -- July 31, 2018

The wet weather turned minor streams in treacherous crossings. -- July 31, 2018



#7. HOMECOMING RIDE 

 MOUNTAIN BIKING SHAWNEE STATE PARK -- MARCH 30, 2018


So much of my childhood was spent at Shawnee State Park in Bedford County...but up until this past March, I had never ridden the trails there...making this "homecoming" ride super special.  I'm looking forward to going back and riding the trails in drier conditions.

I began, and ended, my first-ever ride in Shawnee State Park on Field Trail. -- March 30, 2018

This section of "trail" near Route 30 in Shawnee State Park was a massive mud pit. -- March 30, 2018

Field Trail overlooking Shawnee Lake. -- March 30, 2018



#6. YORK CITY PAINTED SIGN RIDE -- MARCH 31,  2018


Mark showed me that not all "road" rides need a road bike.  Helping me channel my inner nerd, Mark took me on a super cool tour of York City to check out all of the old painted signs on the brick structures in the city.  Some were easy to read, like the Pullman's sign below, and some where not...but the ride ranks as one of the best of 2018.

Super cool graffiti and painted sign ruled the day. -- March 31, 2018

In the top right you can see the sign for York's Pullman's Automobiles. -- March 31, 2018


#5. WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION 

MOUNTAIN BIKING THE PARKWAY TRAILS WITH BEN -- DECEMBER 21, 2018


This year, the Winter Solstice happened to fall on the last day of school prior to Christmas break.  Because of my early dismissal from school, I was able to meet Ben Kelly at my house at 1:30 to drive twenty miles up to Harrisburg for a ride on the Parkway Trails.  Even though it was extremely muddy, this ride was my favorite ever on this trail system.  Ben and I rode as much as we could in the 2 hours we had before the sun set on the first day of winter.

Ben and I racing the sunset and enjoying a muddy ride in Harrisburg City. -- December 21, 2018

My Stumpjumper leaning on Harrisburg City graffiti. -- December 21, 2018


#4. BEDFORD SPRINGS -- JANUARY 13 and 14, 2018


My first two rides of 2018 were also the coldest of the year.  While visiting my father in Bedford, Pennsylvania,  I geared up for the single digit temperatures and headed over to the trails behind the Bedford Springs Hotel.  I had hiked these trails as a child...and as an adult...but this was the first time I had ever been there with my mountain bike.  The cold temps kept each ride down to about an hour in length, but the frozen landscape...and the coolness of riding someplace where I hiked in my youth...made these two rides some of the best of the year.

Pausing for a picture next to the frozen limestone spring near the Bedford Springs Hotel. -- January 13, 2018

Posing near Davey Lewis' Cave. -- January 14, 2018

Taking in the frozen landscape while riding the trails near the Bedford Springs Hotel. -- January 14, 2018

#3. FIRST ANNUAL UGLY SWEATER RIDE 

MOUNTAIN BIKING THE HERSHEY MEDICAL TRAIL SYSTEM WITH TIM, MATT, and ADAM -- DECEMBER 2, 2018


Matt came up with the idea of getting together for an "Ugly Sweater" ride...and hopefully it is a tradition we keep going.  Tim, Adam, Matt, and I got into the holiday spirit for what turned out to be the absolute muddiest ride of 2018.  The unrelenting rainfall turned the normally sturdy trails of the Hershey Medical Trail System into a peanut butter-like mess.  Very memorable!

First ever Ugly Sweater Ride.  Left to Right:  Matt, Dave, Tim, & Adam. -- December 2, 2018

Riding the Hershey Medical Trail System with my ugly sweater. -- December 2, 2018

This ride was, hands down, the muddiest ride of 2018. -- December 2, 2018


#2. PATAPSCO VALLEY RIDE WITH BRENT  -- DECEMBER 27, 2018


Brent and I have a tradition of heading out for a ride during the week between Christmas and New Years Day.  This year we made our way down to Patapsco Valley State Park.  I thought I had this place completely mapped out...but in the 2+ years since I was last there...new trails have been built!  Valley View Trail is one of the coolest trails I've ridden in a long time!  I can't wait to get back there and ride it again.

Brent and I riding Valley View Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park. -- December 27, 2018

Taking a break near abandoned houses now located in the heart of Patapsco Valley State Park. -- December 27, 2018


#1. OHIOPYLE STATE PARK -- JUNE 21, 2018


My surreal solo ride in Ohiopyle State Park ranks as my favorite ride of 2018.  Alex dropped me off at the Sugarloaf trail head for the start of a crazy ride that took me around the Sugarloaf Area and then to McCune Trail.  The forest was completely engulfed by low hanging clouds and streams of water from the down pour that soaked the area the night before.  McCune trail, lined with enormous boulders, will be a must ride for me from now on.  I took Baughman Trail (which was, at that point, a flowing river) down the mountain to the town of Ohiopyle.  After pausing for some ice cream, I rode the Great Allegheny Passage to the the trail that acts as a connector between the GAP and Kentuck Knob Campgrounds.  The whole ride was so perfect...making it my favorite of 2018!

Riding McCune Trail in Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 21, 2018


The shear size of the boulders which lined McCune Trail in Ohiopyle State Park is amazing! -- June 21, 2018


My Stumpjumper at the base of the two-mile-long Baughman Trail in Ohiopyle.  The trail was literally turned into a small river from the rain that fell the previous night! -- June 21, 2018


Celebrating my ride in Ohiopyle State Park with an ice cream cone from the Ohiopyle General Store. Photo by Alex Raymond. -- June 21, 2018

Hanging my soaked and muddy gear from our cabin's railing to dry in the June humidity. -- June 21, 2018


Life is a journey...not a destination.




David A. Raymond -- December 31, 2018


The best ice cream stop of the year was after my final mountain bike ride of 2018.  Brent and I stopped at the Ice Cream Cottage in Arbutus, Maryland after riding Patapsco Valley State Park. Not only do they have some of the best ice cream...but the nice lady behind the counter makes amazing roast beef sandwiches! -- December 27, 2018


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