St. Paul, Minnesota

My daughter’s volleyball team finally qualified for Junior Nationals at the very, very last qualifier tournament in May, leaving our team scrambling to get flights, hotel reservations, transportation, etc… for Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have never been to Minnesota and frankly, I really didn’t know what to expect, so I embarrassingly spent a lot of time … More St. Paul, Minnesota

Sunset Bike Ride on the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

When a trail is described as “one of the top bike trails in the nation,””world-renowned,” or the “jewel of Sacramento” I just have to check it out for myself. The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (also called the American River Parkway) located in the Sacramento area is a paved 32-mile trail that parallels the American River … More Sunset Bike Ride on the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe

Location: Tahoe City to Squaw Valley, California Bike ride: Truckee River Bike Trail, popular multi-use path Length: easy 5 mile bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley (10 mile round trip) Parking (if you are starting at Tahoe City): Free parking lot off of Hwy 89 on Cabin Creek Rd, next to the transit center … More Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe

Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring

Location: Yosemite National Park, California (Yosemite Valley) Bike trail length: 8 mile loop through Yosemite Valley from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to Mirror Lake and back. (The Yosemite NPS site says there are over 12 miles of bike trails in Yosemite) Time: 1-3 hours depending on the number of stops Season: Spring My absolute, all-time favorite … More Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring