Oktoberfest

New Orleans, Lessons from the Swamp

New Orleans, Lessons from the Swamp

I'd never been to New Orleans. This classic southern Cajun-vibe city perched on the gulf in a giant swath of wetlands where seawater meets the Mississippi River. I bet you've heard the nickname, The Big Easy, but like most, I didn't know the origin. Historically,...

Give the Gift of Travel

Give the Gift of Travel

If you're like me, you're already scheming and planning for 2024 travel. And, since the holiday season is upon us, let's skip more stuff and give the gift of travel instead. What's on our 2024 wish list? Montana, Park City, Quebec, and of course a return to NW...

Fall MTB Frisco, CO

Fall MTB Frisco, CO

Mountain biking is better…when you are actually in the mountains! The biking we do at home in Michigan, at sea level, on dirt trails with no rocks, on gently rolling hills, I pondered. Is that really mountain biking? Of course, the genre encompasses a wide range of...

CAMBA, Mountain Bike Wisconsin’s Northwoods

CAMBA, Mountain Bike Wisconsin’s Northwoods

It was the neighborly thing to do: pop one state over to Wisconsin's CAMBA mountain bike trail system. You may not be able to say the name (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association), but I guarantee you'll want to return. I cheated and took the cross-lake ferry from...

Wilderness & Winnipeg (Manitoba, CA)

Wilderness & Winnipeg (Manitoba, CA)

Reflecting on a visit to Canada's heartland in the Manitoba province, I am struck by the diversity of experiences: bikes, bison, baseball, and beauty, to name a few. We found adventure in the wilderness and the city of Winnipeg. The vast outdoor spaces were inspiring...

Roam Fest – Nine New Bike Besties

Roam Fest – Nine New Bike Besties

Most mountain bikers are men, 70% according to current demographics. That means my fellow femme shredders make up the other 30% or less. I’d love to see this stat continue to change, and I hope more women will take up this unique and adventurous sport. Change is a few...

Spring Swings and Singletrack (Bella Vista, AR)

Spring Swings and Singletrack (Bella Vista, AR)

Bella Vista in the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks is an outdoor epicenter where golfing and mountain biking are intertwined – golf course fairways intersect with rolling ribbons of singletrack trails. Golfers in khakis and collared shirts traverse fairways in power carts...

The Other Nashville (Mountain Bike Brown County, IN)

The Other Nashville (Mountain Bike Brown County, IN)

February arrives in Michigan with the hope for Spring, but winter typically holds us in its clutches for longer than we would like…especially for biker types. Not in the mood to wait, Josh and I drove five hours south to Nashville, Indiana, in search of Spring...

CycloTherapy NWA (Northwest Ark.)

CycloTherapy NWA (Northwest Ark.)

With mountain bike trail names like these... any guesses where to find them? Back 40, Tunnel Vision, Tweety Bird, Blowing Springs, Little Sugar, Danger Will Robinson, Whiskey Tango, Shock & Awe, Lago Vista, Tavistock Canyon, Snack Attack, Stagger Wing, Ruth’s...

Two-Wheeled Wanderings

Two-Wheeled Wanderings

You like to ride your mountain bike. It's nearing year end so it's time to put a travel wish list together for 2023. Tis' the season for giving so I've compiled a 2022 recap to aid in your planning. Here's five destinations around the country and one right here in the...

Stay and Play, Etowah Valley Golf, NC

Stay and Play, Etowah Valley Golf, NC

The canopy was still showing off in late October; crisp and vibrant reds and oranges melded in with the evergreens for an outstanding Blue Ridge outdoor feature. Our drive from Michigan to western North Carolina and Etowah Valley Golf & Resort was a stunner. I...

Adventures with a Dragon

Adventures with a Dragon

Michigan's Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam Once complete, this ambitious project will feature 47 miles of professionally-built single-track trail around Hardy Dam Lake designed for mountain biking, hiking, or running experiences. Current status, 24 miles and rolling, that’s...

Beachy Backcountry (Sleeping Bear Dunes)

Beachy Backcountry (Sleeping Bear Dunes)

It was the first time in five years that we did not get rained or stormed on, huddled in a tent or hammock! This annual learning-journey tradition continues to churn out memorable moments. Josh and I (Uncle Josh and Aunt Laura) guide our nieces and nephews (ages 7 to...

Girls Go Golfing (Otsego Resort, MI)

Girls Go Golfing (Otsego Resort, MI)

What’s better than a guys’ golf weekend?  A girls’ golf weekend, in Gaylord, at Otsego Resort.  Sometimes, I put away my bike and padded shorts in favor of a collared shirt and matching skort, armed with a bag full of irons, wedges, and woods. You’ll need...

Dunmaglas, Pure Michigan Golf

Dunmaglas, Pure Michigan Golf

Dunmaglas is a Scottish phrase, the battle cry of a clan, in fact. The golf course in Charlevoix, Michigan, is aptly named and gives some indication of expectations. Pro Tip: Don't head into battle unless you are prepared for it. The naturally undulating and forested...

Flagstaff – Arizona Elevated

Flagstaff – Arizona Elevated

Why is Flagstaff a must-visit Arizona destination? At 7,000 feet above sea level, the desert terrain and cactus spikes change to towering 200’ Ponderosa pines, the trademark foliage of the towering San Francisco mountain peaks. Fittingly, Flagstaff’s name is derived...

Pick the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

Pick the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

Georgia is a peach, but there are a couple of other reasons to PICK Ellijay, the northern corner of the state. It's prime apple orchard country and Georgia's mountain bike capital. Here, the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains extend into the Chattahoochee National...

Bella Vista, a Bike-In, Bike-Out Beauty

Bella Vista, a Bike-In, Bike-Out Beauty

Bella Vista, translated from Spanish to English, is simply a beautiful view. There is plenty of beauty, and it’s a beautiful thing to pedal right from your yard into a world-class mountain bike trail system. Drive less, ride more in this mid-south mountain bike mecca....

Midwest Mountain Bike Vacations

Midwest Mountain Bike Vacations

Bike tourism is on the rise as communities understand the benefit of increased trail usage and rollover effects for related businesses, not to mention the inherent health and wellness perks. So yeah, it’s hip to plan entire vacations around destinations that cater to...

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine

“It rains a little bit every day,” Jen explained as we compared packing lists for a group trip to Hawaii to celebrate belated birthdays. She was right, just not a little bit. It was December 3rd - We arrived on moist Maui with news of a blizzard warning at elevation...

Lucky 7s (Belterra Casino & Golf Resort)

Lucky 7s (Belterra Casino & Golf Resort)

The bill slipped inside the machine, the buttons lit up while neon colors and shapes pulsed across the screen. It was literally the first spin of the slot machine that landed on all sevens! Maureen's dollar was instantly transformed into $40, and we high-fived our...

All Trails Lead to Beer (Michigan)

All Trails Lead to Beer (Michigan)

In Michigan, mountain bike trail expansion projects are in progress all over the state. The pandemic has spurred a rapidly expanding sport, and riders are eager to get outdoors and explore. Bikers have a thirst for adventure, so typically, they seek single track…....

Rope Swing and a Crime Scene

Rope Swing and a Crime Scene

Backpacking the Silver Creek Pathway along the Pine River (Luther, Michigan) We always emphasize the annual niece/nephew backpacking trip is a learning journey. It’s a weekend in Michigan to gain some backcountry and independent skills like setting up a tent or...

Start Your Pedals (Knoxville, TN)

Start Your Pedals (Knoxville, TN)

Ladies and gentlemen….start your pedals!  With a signature downhill mountain bike trail named the Devil’s Racetrack, bikers, race fans, and lovers of speed and adrenaline take note. The Racetrack is just one of many sculpted dirt highways in Knoxville’s...