Dispatch from the Trail: Asheville, Mulberry Gap, Santos, Oak Mountain, Bentoville, Lake Ouachita

Dispatch from the Trail: Asheville, Mulberry Gap, Santos, Oak Mountain, Bentoville, Lake Ouachita

  Pisgah was one of the main attractions on our radar for this trip. Being so, we were all very excited for this leg of the adventure. From there we spent a week in Mulberry Gap, GA in the Smoky Mountains north of Atlanta. After our wet week there we veered off our original course Read more about Dispatch from the Trail: Asheville, Mulberry Gap, Santos, Oak Mountain, Bentoville, Lake Ouachita[…]

Been There, Done That: Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Done

Been There, Done That: Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Done

As of December 8, 2017 Amazingly, we are already more than 1/3 of the way through our year-long trip.  The first month or so was the slowest; since then, time has been passing in warp speed.  We’ve been so many places, seen so much, and had so many amazing life experiences, that some of it is Read more about Been There, Done That: Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Done[…]

Dispatch from the Trail: The Kingdom Trails, Raystown Lake, & More

Dispatch from the Trail: The Kingdom Trails, Raystown Lake, & More

Posted by Blair After leaving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan we made our way into Ontario Canada. Though there are not large mountains in the area surrounding Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay, there is definitely some elevation change with deep forested areas. From there our journey took us to the famous Kingdom Trails of Read more about Dispatch from the Trail: The Kingdom Trails, Raystown Lake, & More[…]

Visiting East Burke, VT and The Kingdom Trails

Visiting East Burke, VT and The Kingdom Trails

With the last rays of yellow sunshine disappearing over the hills, I gave P a “one lap” warning.  As he finished his last loop around the pump track, I stood up and stretched.  A few cows that had been lounging in the field beside us did the same.  As they stirred, the rattling of their Read more about Visiting East Burke, VT and The Kingdom Trails[…]

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking the Maah Daah Hey, Cuyuna Lakes, Duluth, and Copper Harbor

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking the Maah Daah Hey, Cuyuna Lakes, Duluth, and Copper Harbor

The second leg of our trip has provided some challenges for me. From a lost wallet to a broken phone and some not-so-exciting trail in North Dakota, my first world problems have been a bit discouraging. Fortunately, this trip is about my family and I getting out and adventuring, seeing places we have never been, Read more about Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking the Maah Daah Hey, Cuyuna Lakes, Duluth, and Copper Harbor[…]

Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan

Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan

The midwest (upper midwest, thank goodness) was a part of our trip that I was both looking forward to and rather ambivalent about.  I knew my parents were joining us for this section of our trip (yay!), but also that there would be no REAL mountains for mountain biking.  Fortunately, we found plenty of good Read more about Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan[…]

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills

Blair wrote this post about some of the biking we have done so far.  Stay tuned for his accounts of the Maah Daah Hey trail and the Cuyuna Lakes system next. If there is any kind of underlying theme to the beginning of our trip it is that the trails have been rocky and technical. From Flaming Read more about Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills[…]

Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge

Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge

Our family recently spent a week at Flaming Gorge and we wished we could have stayed for a month.  With rivers, lakes, forest, and trails, there is no shortage of kid-friendly recreational opportunities.  You can spend the morning hiking with the kids in the pine forest, and the afternoon swimming on red rocks. Here are Read more about Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge[…]

Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)

Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)

  If Week 1 was all sunshine and rainbows, Week 2 has been a bit more stormy–literally and figuratively.  We are camped out at Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne, WY.  It’s a lovely spot tucked between a reservoir and granite hills with miles and miles of mountain bike trails. Despite the idyllic setting, the weather has been Read more about Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)[…]