Any Day on the Trail is a Good Day

18 05 2009

No biking this weekend, but got the requisite hike in with the furry child. My best girl, Emily (of Emilog), and her dog Rischie came along for some great company. While it was a little chilly – 60 degrees and breezy – the sun was shining and everything was green. We had a(nother) downpour last night, so there were tons of muddy puddles for the pups to crash through.

Dirty Rischie

Dirty Rischie

We came across a shrub/tree I’d never seen before. I’m thinking it’s in the rhododendron family because of the leaves and flower shape. So beautiful.

mystery_flower

Mystery plant

Walking around the fire ponds near the trail head, my memory was tripped back to fishing with my dad as a kid. The smell of a flowering tree nearby was carried on the breeze, and I immediately recognized it as familiar. The sandy soil and the low berry bushes in the area always trigger my south Jersey senses, too.

We hiked for about an hour and the pups logged at least 3x the distance that Em and I did, chasing each other through the trees. Which explains why Derby now looks like this:

A Tired Derby

A Tired Derby

Any day on the trail is a good day, but next weekend will surely include me on top of two wheels.





Making a Change

11 05 2009

Took a long break from this blog, so much has been missed. I had to transfer it over from Blogger in February because they wouldn’t let me into my account. Google’s service on that end completely blows. So I’m going to give it another try (running theme?) and do my best to update more often.

Happy to report that in the almost 2 years since I began the Bacon Betty blog, I’ve definitely progressed on the bike. Riding in these parts is definitely technical, so I really have no choice but to get better!

I’ve decided to be more flexible (imagine!) and write not only about biking, but also snowboarding, hiking, and whatever else comes up. When I sit down to write, I realize then how full life is, and I like that feeling.

Today I leave you with a shot from one of my rides with the Mr.

Rattlesnake Rock

Rattlesnake Rock