Day Tripping with Rick – Biking the Trail to Pittsburgh


As you may know, we live just south of Pittsburgh in the Youghiogheny River Valley.  Our yard abuts the Yough River Trail which is a rails-to-trails project which allows us to walk and bike along…

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Daytripping with Rick – Sonora Gold Country


California is a great place to visit.  Most people go to the big cities.  Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.  While the southern part of the state is ok (see my post on San…

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Daytripping with Rick – Healdsburg Food Tour


Food, Wine and Family My wife Denise is a Zacharia from birth.  The Zacharia clan has long-reaching tentacles.  Our sister-in-law, Gayle, grew up in Northern California, and still has family there.  One of her cousins…

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Daytripping with Rick – Gilboa Quarry, Ohio


Where???  Gilboa Quarry, that’s where.   I’ve been a certified scuba diver for about 30 years having taken “the plunge” as a student at Florida.  The problem is that while Pittsburgh is the City of…

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Daytripping with Rick – Biking Yosemite Valley


As national parks go, Yosemite is the crown jewel.  And Yosemite Valley is star in the middle of the crown. A narrow inlet into the high Sierras, the place looks majestic and ancient.  But although…

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Daytripping with Rick – Sonoma Valley Winery Tour


I love to vacation with my wife’s family.  Apart from being great people, they are world class when it comes to food and drink.  We always have great meals and drink too much, but hey,…

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Day Tripping with Rick – The Sonoma Coast – The Wide Pacific, Seafood, and the Birds


As part of our week in the Russian River wine country, we made a great day trip to the coast.  A nice easy drive to the coast, then a stop in a small hamlet made…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Northern California Wine Country – The Russian River Valley


So.  If you’re married to a great woman, and she hits a milestone birthday, where do you go to celebrate it?  Well, if you’re smart (I am), then the answer is “Anywhere she wants”.  That’s…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Pittsburgh – Laurel Highlands


  Day Tripping With Rick – Pittsburgh – Laurel Highlands   Today we’ll look at another eastern destination, Pittsburgh.  Now this just happens to be my hometown so indulge me.  The city itself is tiny. …

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Day Tripping with Rick – Sanibel Island by Bike


  Day Tripping With Rick by Bike – Ft. Myers, FL – Sanibel Island   With many of us are mired in the throes of winter, ice, snow and salt are likely to be the…

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