Being a woman and having just gotten back home last night from my own family vacation, you could consider me an expert on the topic at hand. I spent the last five days laying in the sand and sipping frozen drinks by the poolside. Finding a place to eat or something icy to drink was central to our itinerary. Having a week of leisure can seem like a good idea at first, but now that I’m back in the Pocono outdoors, I feel like my vacation could have been spent more productively.
Before vacation I spent every day either renting mountain bikes at my job at Pocono Bike Rental or renovating the house I just moved into. Even though I am home, I feel like I’m still in vacation mode. A pizza is in route to my house and the jigsaw puzzle in front of me is my date for the evening. I am out of motivation and out of energy.
Let’s consider an opposing vacation; 2 months ago I took a 2-week vacation backpacking through Spain. I hiked 200 miles across the Northern countryside. When I came home I found myself working harder with more vigor than I had before. I now choose a bike ride or hike somewhere in the Poconos when I get bored over taking a nap.
A vacation is not symmetrical with laziness. It does not have to be spent wasting away with plans of eating and sleeping. A vacation is simply time away from the normal routine. Why not spend that time exploring the great outdoors? Spain might not be a suitable location for most timeframes or budgets. Luckily, you can get just as good of an adventure here in the Poconos, and for a lot less.
Nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the Poconos offer many different possibilities to get out of your daily rut and into an exhilarating vacation. With numerous state parks – Nescopeck, Hickory Run, and the world famous Lehigh Gorge State Park to name a few – visitors have hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails to choose from free of charge. If you’re looking for an activity a little more out of the norm, try white water rafting in the Poconos. With the Lehigh River’s Class 3 rapids, it’s an exciting trip for anyone seeking some adventure. If you want to cover more ground and take in as many sights as possible, spend a day biking the Lehigh Gorge Trail 26 downhill miles to Jim Thorpe, PA. You get the true taste of the Poconos as your are hidden within the trees while also having the Lehigh River to guide your journey and give you music better than most songs on the radio.
Outdoor adventures should not be sought out solely by men. Being a woman and always looking to challenge myself, I love finding things to do outside. Many of my girlfriends tell me they would rather spend a day at the nail salon or somewhere they could gossip in groups. I know the power of a good conversation just as much as the next girl. That being said, I made some of the greatest friends of my life carrying a 20-pound backpack across the Spanish countryside. Physical activity opens up the mind and heightens your senses. If you’re looking for a way to connect with family or friends during a getaway trip, try doing something physical. You will be amazed how much you bond over your struggles and triumphs. Biking, hiking and one of America’s Fastest Growing Sports, Disc (“Frisbee”) Golf, is also fun for friends and family to enjoy while hiking in the great Poconos outdoors. Pocono Bike Rental is the place to rent everything you need to learn to play Disc Golf!
Many women have struggled at some point to accept their body image. Self-esteem can be fleeting, and when you spend a vacation making unhealthy choices, it can take a toll on your mental and physical wellbeing. That is why I promote an active vacation. Once a college intern, then store clerk and now handling Marketing and Public Relations here at Pocono Bike Rentals, time management is key . Being a part of nature for just a few hours is all your brain needs to rest and relax. One perfect trip close to home is to take your butt to the Lehigh Gorge Trail in White Haven, PA the heart of the Poconos and ride to Buttermilk falls at the very least. The more fearless can ride the entire Lehigh Gorge Trail to Jim Thorpe, PA, the gateway of the Poconos. Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of the quaintest small-town atmospheres you would possibly imagine. With a Main Street named Broadway, you should plan on being there a while, possibly days to be a part of all the action!
Any person of any age can find an enjoyable vacation in the Poconos. At PoconoBikeRental.com, you can surf not only our site but there are links to click to explore many more possibilities for day trips around the Lehigh Gorge, Hickory Run and Nescopeck State Parks. Make a unique vacation this year and spend a few days exploring the Poconos with us! You will not be disappointed, and you will enjoy the time off the clock and away from the couch.
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Written by: Amber Jadus, Public Relations, PoconoBikeRental.com
Edited by: Tom Williams, Publisher, PoconoBikeRental.com
In this video VisitPoconos.com was writing an article on us, so we rented them bikes and provided a VIP Shuttle experience to drop them off at the D&L Black Diamond Trail at the Glenn Summit Trailhead. They rode 36 miles down to the end of the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail at Jim Thorpe where we promptly picked them up at 5pm. They got to witness the spectacular Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail all 26 miles of it and the new 10 mile D&L Black Diamond Trail combined for 36 miles of Pocono Mountains Forest and River Beauty. VisitPoconos.com is the local’s choice for all your Poconos Vacation needs. They have listings for nearly every outdoor activity, lodging, state park, lakeside dining, unique retail shops and water parks.