And then I fell in love with cycling.

biking Schoodic

The whole biking thing came about because I was looking for alternatives to running that give me some cardio action and a physical activity I can do outside. I have no desire to exercise on cardio equipment at the gym or work out to a video in my living room. It makes me feel like a gerbil on its wheel.

I didn’t immediately love the bike, although I did see the draw. It’s fast so you can cover a lot more territory than you can running, and you still get the benefit of being outside. But I know it’s not something I can do as regularly as I was running, and it feels a bit precarious when the roads are busy. I was enjoying my bike, but I certainly wasn’t sold on the experience.

Paul and I brought our bikes to Maine, knowing there are tons of biking trails around Acadia National Park and figuring it was the perfect opportunity to use them. We debated taking them out a few days early in our trip, and then the weather turned and before we knew it our trip was almost over.

I was determined not to drag two bikes all the way up here without using them, so yesterday we left the kids with my parents and started hunting for just the perfect trail. We had already spent a few days in Bar Harbor near the famed carriage trails so we decided to go a different direction — to the less traveled Schoodic.

The Schoodic Peninsula, containing the only portion of Acadia National Park on the mainland, boasts granite headlands, rocky beaches, and spruce-fir forests.” It’s more intimate and secluded than the neighboring Bar Harbor and it has a lovely 10-mile loop that you can drive or bike. 

schoodic penninsula

I’ve explored this area many times by car, as well as many others in this area of Maine, and being on a bike is a totally different experience. You feel like you’re truly part of the scenery. You can smell and feel the sea salt air and stop as often as you want to take photos (of course we took full advantage of THAT).

While the most picturesque part of the Schoodic Penninsula is Schoodic Point, where the waves crash up on the rocks, I think I enjoyed exploring the inlets and coves just as much… 

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Join Me in Philadelphia at The Color Run!

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Last fall I ran my first Color Run with a group of friends. The Color Run is dubbed “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” and I have to say it lived up to all that. I’ve run plenty of 5Ks, but I am always running to challenge myself and improve my time. While I’m always exhilarated at the end,… 

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How to Wear Neon + $200 Nordstrom GIVEAWAY

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This week I’m participating in a fun blogger style collab with the fabulous ladies behind Get Your Pretty On, Bon Bon Rose Girls and Walking in Grace & Beauty. We’re sharing how to wear neon and various was we incorporate one of this summer’s hot fashion trends into our summer wardrobes! I love the neon trend… 

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Perfect Potato Salad with Bacon & Egg


Hi, it’s Colleen here today with one of my favorite recipes!  One I have never published anywhere previously, my Perfect Potato Salad with Bacon & Egg! I wanted to call it “The Best Darn Potato Salad in the World” BUT I guess that would be a little over-the-top! Years and years ago, one of my… 

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Fashion Over 40 | Daily Mom Style 07.09.14


When this posts, I’ll be at the beach. Try not to be too jealous! I don’t plan to do any blogging while I’m away (that’s unheard of for me!!) so I’m getting this scheduled and ready to go before I leave. Somehow I still managed to have plenty of outfit photos. It’s such a habit now. All I… 

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How To Make A Cute Ponytail with Medium Length Hair


Welcome to Beauty Buzz, a weekly beauty collaboration and linkup with Mom Trends, Mama in Heels, Sassy Moms in the City and Yours Truly! Every Tuesday we share our beauty secrets, and you can enter to win fabulous beauty products. I’m hosting the linky this week so be sure to enter your beauty-related post below! This week I’m sharing a really quick… 

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Things To Do With Kids in Lake Erie & Northern Ohio


It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Things To Do With Kids post. I had a bit of a dry spell with submissions, but today I’m excited to share with you some great things to do with kids in Lake Erie and Northern Ohio. Longtime faithful blog reader and commenter, Lee Ann, volunteered to share… 

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The Gift of Giving #LifeIsASpecialOccasion


Gifts are my love language. I’ll just say it. Sometimes I feel vain or selfish admitting that, but it’s the way I’m wired. I love getting gifts, and I love giving them as well. When I know a friend is feeling blue, the first thing I think of is getting a gift to hopefully brighten her day. The… 

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Real Food Recipes Roundup Week 14

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Welcome to the Real Food Recipes Roundup, a collaboration between Musings of a Housewife and Sassy Moms in the City! Alison and I are both passionate about feeding our families real food so we’ve partnered up to share our weekly meal plans, and we would love for you to join us! I hope everyone had a lovely Fourth! Friday wasn’t the best here… 

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Coffee Talk #OldSchoolBlogging


I feel like I fulfilled my quota for old school blogging yesterday when I shared my recent (or lifelong, really) struggle to stay trim. But I don’t suppose I ever run out of things to say, so here we are! I hope everyone had a lovely Independence Day. Ours was delightfully uneventful. In fact, I slept… 

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The Battle of the Bulge and Dressing the Body You Have

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I’m going lay it all out here today and be completely honest with you. I’m struggling with my weight right now. I know, no one wants to hear the skinny girl complain about her weight, but I also feel that it’s rather disingenuous to post photo after photo of myself (only the ones that make me look good,… 

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7 Powerful Detox Smoothies #RealFoodRecipes

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Do you detox? It’s one of those things I always roll my eyes at, and then later I think to myself, I really should try that one of these days. I know there are many different ways to detox, various methods, and I’m sure many different opinions on what is a healthy detox and what… 

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How to Style Pastel Jeans #FashionOver40


How to style pastel jeans is definitely a bit of a conundrum. I feel this way about my mint jeans. I don’t know why, I had no trouble styling my red and green ones; the bold colors just seemed to work well with black or gray, and I have plenty of both of those colors in… 

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My Thoughts on the Fed Up Movie


Last night my husband and I took the girls out to dinner (it was my birthday and I didn’t want to cook) and then to the Fed Up movie. Only, me, right!? But it’s only in town for about a week and I really wanted to see it. We decided to just take the kids and… 

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Fashion Over 40 | Daily Mom Style 07.02.14


I know it’s cliche, but I just can’t believe it’s July. I feel like summer is already flying by, and I don’t like it. I’m super excited for our beach trip next week, though. I was out late last night for my birthday (hello, 42!) so I’m going to try to keep my commentary short and sweet…. 

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