Warren Dunes: The Longest Mile

You should know before you read this post that, despite my physical condition and how exhausted I found myself on the bunny slope Cordwalk-Boardwalk hike, I had scheduled myself for even more elevation. The pictures on AllTrails looked real pretty, even if it meant a hike on my trekking nemesis - sand dunes. Predictably, it … Continue reading Warren Dunes: The Longest Mile

Kohler-Andrae State Park: Hiking-Wiking on the Cordwalk-Boardwalk

The day before, I had hiked the Ledges Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (read here), stuffed myself at Doug's Dinner Bucket Restaurant (read here), and driven from the Cleveland area to Kenosha, Wisconsin. There, I had gotten a good night's sleep and had a relaxing morning before driving 85 miles north to Kohler-Andrae State … Continue reading Kohler-Andrae State Park: Hiking-Wiking on the Cordwalk-Boardwalk

Doug’s Dinner Bucket: Breakfast for Dinner … or Vice Versa?

As regular readers know, I'm always on the lookout for post-hike eats - and if those eats come in an out-of-the-way, underrated hole-in-the-wall, so much the better. You can imagine my excitement when I passed a potential greasy hiker's spoon mere moments before entering Cuyahoga National Park to hike The Ledges Trail (read here). I … Continue reading Doug’s Dinner Bucket: Breakfast for Dinner … or Vice Versa?

Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Ledges: Livin’ on the Ledge

  I drive to Wisconsin a lot. August of 2021 was no exception. I was headed out to Baileys Harbor on the Door Peninsula to strike my summer show, a we're-not-quite-out-of-the-pandemic-yet, one-man version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. I was in the middle of one of my many futile, "I'm finally going to get back to hiking" … Continue reading Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Ledges: Livin’ on the Ledge

Catoctin Mountian Park / Cunningham Falls: Why is Everyone a Jerk?

After a trip to southern Virginia for an overnight backpacking trip, we were looking for something a little closer to home. Catoctin Mountain National Park in  western Maryland seemed to fit that bill. We found the route, which included several overlooks and a waterfall, on Hiking Upward, a great resource for the Mid-Atlantic region. It is … Continue reading Catoctin Mountian Park / Cunningham Falls: Why is Everyone a Jerk?

Green Mountain: False Starts and Hot Neighbors

Green Mountain sits just beyond the Flatirons from southwest Boulder and across Gregory Canyon from Flagstaff Mountain, which I had climbed a few days earlier. This was "Black Friday" and while I was pleased that so many folks chose to #optoutside, it made parking at the Gregory Canyon Trailhead challenging. There is only space for … Continue reading Green Mountain: False Starts and Hot Neighbors

Little Gunpowder Trail: Fields of Crystalline Arches

The Little Gunpowder Trail is one of my go-to trails. Just outside the Baltimore beltway, it runs roughly twelve miles along the Little Gunpowder Falls from Pleasantville Road in Fallston, Maryland to Kingsville Park in ... well, Kingsville. On February 11, the mid-Atlantic was covered with a blanket of new-fallen snow. Perfect. I got to … Continue reading Little Gunpowder Trail: Fields of Crystalline Arches

Sunset Rocks: Midpoints and Missteps

That's the AT Museum in the background Lisa and I had planned to lead a group hike up Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. When, at the last minute, participants cancelled, we found ourselves with a beautiful day and no hike to fill it. Looking for something a little closer to home than the … Continue reading Sunset Rocks: Midpoints and Missteps