Touring Glacier National Park On Bikes

A few summers ago, I decided that Glacier National Park would be a great place for a family bicycle tour. Here are some of the things I learned on our trip including do whatever it takes to make certain a massage therapist is touring with you!

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Drifting Through Another Decade


With the passing of my 39th birthday, I’ve become aware that — well, that I’m not getting any younger. These truths don’t make me sad, but they do motivate me. A raft trip with some friends changed my outlook and convinced me to look forward to my 40s.

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Bike Repair Essentials

There are two schools of thought on bike repairs. The first would have you packing tire levers, patch kit (complete with patches, glue, and sandpaper), spare tube(s), wrenches in all applicable shapes and sizes, and your trusty tire pump. There’s nothing wrong with that. I have the knowledge, but I don’t carry the items. Instead, I bring my version of the essential bike repair kit: my husband.

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A Cowboy And A Gentleman


While biking in Oregon, I arrived in Adel… Inside a restaurant, a sausage-and-eggy aroma tinged with Marlboro hung in the air, and four genuine cowboys slumped over a table. I couldn’t tell if they were eating or playing poker — I didn’t want to stare. They, on the other hand, had no such reservations.

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Exposing Our Assets


I must admit, I’m a real skinny-dipping buff. (Pun intended.) There’s nothing quite as decadent and rewarding in the middle of a long, hot, summer hike than taking a plunge in a secluded wilderness watering hole. It’s fun, until some uninvited guests appear out of nowhere!

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10 Short Dayhikes In & Around Mount St. Helens

Now two decades past its cataclysmic blast on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens’ name still evokes images of disaster. Today, Mount St. Helens is a geological marvel and a fascinating place to hike. Trails include both eruption-area treks on the mountain’s north side and more typical forest hikes on the mountain’s south side.

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12 Short Dayhikes In & Around Mt. Rainier National Park

At 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier is the King of the Cascades, the tallest of the great volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range in the Pacific Northwest. But of the 2 million people who visit the mountain every year, only a small fraction venture beyond the parking lots and visitor centers. Here are some great dayhikes to check out.

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10 Short Dayhikes On & Around Mt. Hood

Oregon’s Mt. Hood is a popular four-season recreation destination. Only an hour from Portland, it’s easily accessible for weekend warriors and families. Here are some great dayhikes for hikers of all abilities.

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