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Park Place Diner (Denver, PA)

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA)

Park Place Diner (Denver, Pa)

While traveling through PA, I decided to stop at the Park Place Diner in Denver, PA.

The Park Place Diner is right off the Pa Turnpike if you’re driving through. I was looking for something easy and right off the road.Park Place Diner Denver PA

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA) Atmosphere: A
The Park Place Diner is everything you picture in a diner. It’s big, cobblestone, and has plenty of windows.

The inside has rows of booths, tables, as well as a full-length bar. You walk by the dessert case, and it was enough to have me committed.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Coffee: A
The waitress brewed a fresh pot of coffee. The coffee mug was a logo mug, and the coffee was just plain good, if not one of the best I’ve recently.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA) Food: A

The Park Place Diner menu has everything a diner would have. There is breakfast all day, plenty of lunch and dinner specials.

A few of the Park Place Diner menu items that caught my eye:

  • french toast
  • prime rib
  • baked ham
  • fried chicken

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. I ultimately decided I wanted some greens and ordered the Greek salad was salmon. The salad was huge and also came with both anchovies and grape leaves. Having a Greek salad without grape leaves seems naked. In all the salad was excellent and I have no complaints.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA) Dessert: A
I ordered a raspberry mousse cup to go, and it was delicious. The outer shell was a chocolate shell which made it even better. After cake, I like mousse and frosting type of desserts.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and my food came out quickly. It felt like I blinked, and it was there.

 Cost: $
For my salad and dessert, it was $22.

Summary/Overall Thoughts of the Park Place Diner (Denver, PA):
I enjoyed the Park Place Diner, and I’ll be back again.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: A
Service: A
Cost: $15-20
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite salad toppings?
What is your favorite dessert?

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Movie Madness 13.1 Recap (That turned into 14 miles)

Movie Madness 13.1 Recap (That turned into 14 miles)

The Movie Madness 13.1 was my 54th half marathon and the first one I ever got lost.

My plans the week before changed multiples times. Instead of doing a long run on the same roads I’ve been running on, I decided to take a short road trip to Harrisburg, NJ. I’ve driven through Harrisburg a few times, but I’ve never spent much time there. It’s a cool city and also the state capital of Pa.

Anyway, the half marathon was $60 when I registered two days before. I didn’t expect roads to be closed or the race be anything more than a no frills race. My goal was to get a strong long run. I wasn’t tapered, nor was I  in a mindset to run my hardest ever. In fact, there was only race day pickup, and you could register the day of!

I arrived at the start around 7:15 am, picked up my number and just relaxed.

The race started 2 minutes early, and we were off at 7:58. Immediately I found myself as third person and first female. I was running with two men and a lead cyclist. I thought I could maybe keep up the other two men but wasn’t sure.

The first mile goes around the stadium. I just felt like I was relaxed and right, where I wanted to be. We hit the first mile in 7:08, and it felt comfortable.

The next mile went over a grated pedestrian bridge. It made it hard to get a groove and wasn’t closed to people just walking. We crossed a major road, which thankfully there were police directing traffic. We made a 180 turn where there was a water stop (no electrolytes).

By now, one male leader was out ahead, followed by another, and then me. We went over a long bridge, and I hit mile 2 in 6:52, which felt comfortable, but I ran alone for the rest of the time.

Around mile 2.5, we got to the end of the bridge, and a volunteer motioned me to go left (and I did). I began running through a neighborhood street which had no race signs, and I couldn’t see much ahead. After about a half mile of seeing no one else, I asked someone doing their lawn if they had seen any other runners and they said no. So I decided to run back to the bridge. With my confusion and stop, I hit the third mile in 7:22.

When I got back to the bridge, a different volunteer was there, and the rest of the runners had gone through the small tunnel and back across the bridge. I looked and could see the other runners I was running with. When I started running over the bridge, I was running with more people and thought: well, at least I can’t get lost now. My watch hit 4 miles in 7:08 and I just kept chugging along.

The next few miles went through the park, and I was in a daze. I was essentially running a long, hard, run by myself but motivated by the race setting. The next few miles, I ran between 7:04-7:08 pace, which is where I wanted to be.  I was running alone and passing people.  As I reached (my) mile 7, I saw the leaders coming back. I counted they must be about 5 minutes in front of me.

As I approached the turnaround, I tried to count the women ahead of me.  There were two more. We turned around, and I headed back towards the start. At the turnaround, I realized it must be about 6.55 miles, and it was going to be “an out and back.” I was determined to retrace my steps and not get lost again.

Around mile, 9, I grabbed water from a volunteer. I passed the two women and found myself back as first woman overall. By this time, it was getting hot, humid, and I could tell I hadn’t fueled well. I needed Gatorade or something with electrolytes. Since I calculated I would be running four more miles, I knew it would be a long 4 miles.

We went back over the bridge, and it felt like the longest mile. I was running alone, and on the bridge, there was no shade or cloud cover. I ran a 7:03 going over and then 7:19 back.

As I came back over the bridge and onto the path, three geese nearly flew into me. Some construction workers were laughing and then yelled: “you don’t think that’s funny”? I wanted to yell something back but ultimately bit my tongue. No, I don’t think almost getting hit by incoming geese is funny.

I grabbed water around mile 12 and did the final u-turn to get back to the stadium. I knew I still had about 2 miles to go. We recrossed the pedestrian bridge. With the elevation change and u-turn, I ran 7:19 and hit mile 13 right at the stadium. There was an easy way to get back to the start and run 13.1. I could just run the opposite direction, but I figured it would be frowned upon. I began making the long mile around the stadium.

I was still running alone. I saw a few people cheering, which motivated me. I ran a 7:04 and crossed the finish line in 1:39.56 as my watched beeped exactly 14 miles.

Thoughts:

I could be mad that I ended up getting lost but my goal was to run 15 miles for the day with 13 at a hard effort. I wasn’t in race mode. I ran the race as hard as I had for the day. By about 10 miles, I was underfueled with electrolytes, running alone, and not out to PR. I’m happy with my effort, and it was nice to get a long run in elsewhere.

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Questions for you:

Have you ever gotten lost in a race?

Have you ever been to Harrisburg? 

 

Exploring Tyler State Park (Newtown, PA)

Exploring Tyler State Park (Newtown, PA)

Tyler State Park (Newtown, PA)

Recently I found myself just north of Philadelphia in Bucks County. Since I was already up there, I thought it would be fun to check out a new park and see what I saw. I spent about 2 hours at Tyler State Park and walked between 4-5 miles. Some of Tyler State Park is a paved trail, some is grassy, muddy, and rugged terrain. It truly has a bit of everything.

At the 1,711 acres of Tyler State Park, there are plenty of runnable paths and it would be a good spot to run if you’re in the area again. In addition ot the nature trails, there are picnic areas, and swimming area in Neshaminy Creek.

At Tyler State Park, many of the trails are paved which can be used for biking too.  During my time at Tyler State Park, I saw bikers, walkers, hikers, and even horseback riders. In fact, when I stopped to let a horse pass, it licked me.

I enjoyed all of the different surfaces at Tyler State Park.  I wanted to test out my Hoka Speedgoat Midis on new surfaces so opted to wear them. They were great for all-terrain including pavement, dirt, grass, and muddy water (my feet stayed dry when I sunk into a few inches of mud).

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

At Tyler State Park, it starts off walking across a dam.  It’s all paved and people were fishing as well.

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

While there isn’t a lot of drastic elevation change at Tyler State Park, there is some.

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

At Tyler State Park, we walked through huge fields as well. I thought perhaps it could be used as a cross country course too. Maybe it has been.

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

Even found some “creatures” at Tyler State Park

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

I also thought it would be funny to try and fit into this tree that had fallen and was hallowed out. Why, I don’t know.

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

There is even a beautiful covered bridge in the middle of Tyler State Park as well.

Hiking Tyler State Park Newton PA

In all, Tyler State Park was a quiet, fun, hike. If you are in the area and looking for something relaxing to do, I recommend it.  There is so much to do even if you don’t choose hiking. I would love to go at the swimming area.

You can see all hikes here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite low key park?

Have you ever been horseback riding?

I did when I was much younger.

Lancers Diner (Horsham, PA)

Lancers Diner (Horsham, PA)

Recently I found myself just north of Philadelphia in Horsham, PA. There were a few diners, and since it was around lunch, I thought I would check one out.

When I arrived at the Lancers Diner (Horsham, PA), it was packed! It’s one of the few diners I’ve waited for seating.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA

Atmosphere: B
The Lancers Diner is huge, with a large parking lot as well. There is plenty of seating. After waiting for about 20 minutes, I sat in a nice booth by the window.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA

Waiting around, it felt very cramped in the Lancers Diner, but once I sat down, there was plenty of space.

Coffee: A
The coffee at the Lancers Diner was brewed hot, and the waitress brought plenty of refills. Plus bonus, it was locally brewed Lacas coffee.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA coffee

Food: B
The menu at the Lancers Diner is actually on the smaller side! There is a salad bar and the regular diner options like omelets, sandwiches, and dinner options, but there is nothing out of the ordinary.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA omelet

There wasn’t anything on the Lancers Diner menu that spoke to me, so I ordered the smoked salmon omelet. It came with hash browns and toast. The omelet itself was good and had plenty of salmon and onions. The hash browns were fine. Was it the best diner meal ever? No, but it was good. If I came back to the Lancers Diner, I would order it again.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA omelet

Service: A
It took about 20 minutes to sit down at the Lancers Diner, but the food came out in maybe 5. Our beverages were filled often. The waitress was friendly and funny, which are both bonuses.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to the Lancers Diner?
I liked the Lancers Diner, and I would go back if I’m ever in Montgomery County or Bucks County. It’s a well-kept diner and great for a quick bite to eat.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $10-15
Overall: B

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
How do you like hash browns?
What is the longest you have ever waited to sit down at a diner or restaurant?

Hiking Parker Loop at High Point State Park

Hiking Parker Loop at High Point State Park

Parker Loop at High Point State Park

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I woke up early and drove up to Northwest NJ for an all-day hike at Parker Loop at High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. We ultimately hiked 13.4 miles, and it took us about 6 hours.

We’ve wanted to get to the Parker Loop at High Point State Park for a while. Parker Loop at High Point State Park is just over 2 hours away and the highest point of elevation in NJ. The Parker Loop at High Point State Park was about 15 miles long, but there were a lot of spots, you could quickly go off trail, or get lost. If we did it again, we would follow the blue path which ultimately takes you about 15 miles but is much easier to follow.

The trail at Parker Loop at High Point State Park is moderate. It was only difficult for a couple of climbs and also due to the length. It had everything from climbing, to scrambles, to stream crossings, and walking along dried up water beds.

There are no major parking lots on Parker Loop at High Point State Park and we ended up parking on the side of the road. Parker Loop at High Point State Park started off easy and flat. We wandered through the trail for a couple of miles before hitting a stream.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

I’ve never crossed a stream before, so it was terrifying. What if I fell in? My husband just went across like no big deal.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

After the major stream crossing at Parker Loop at High Point State Park, we followed the trail for several more miles. There are spots that it’s easy to get lost because the trail isn’t the best marked. We added a few sections and had to double back a few times at Parker Loop at High Point State Park. Ultimately, we would have followed the blue path which does about the same thing but is easier to follow.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

We got to a beautiful campground and lake around mile 6 of Parker Loop at High Point State Park. You can rent cabins and hang out there; it looks like a beautiful and peaceful spot to relax.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

As we kept going along Parker Loop at High Point State Park, we noticed how many large trees were down. New Jersey has had a lot of storms recently, so I have to wonder if it’s from that, but we noticed dozens, maybe even 100.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

Around mile 9 of Parker Loop at High Point State Park, comes the longest and steepest climb which takes you to the top. The view is one of my favorites, and if you look, you can see PA, NY, and NJ. (The Northern NJ tri-state).

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

Finally, we headed back to the parking area of Parker Loop at High Point State Park. Since we had gotten lost a few times and doubled back, we had no idea how long the trail would be for us. We ultimately did 13.4 miles.  It was a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to doing a few more all day hikes before it gets too hot.

Hiking Parker Loop Trail High Point State Park NJ

You Can See More Hikes Here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever gotten lost?

During one of our first hikes, we got completely lost at Bear Mountain and ended up taking an Uber back. Thank goodness there was one. We learned a lot from that, and how to be much safer hikers.

What is the longest hike you’ve done? Have you ever been to Parker Loop at High Point State Park?

 

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