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Blazing a trail is easy

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Blazing a trail is easy

Photo of Junction and Breakwater Trail courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

If you want to venture away from the beach and boardwalk for a walk, run, or bike ride, you won’t have to go far. There are a few scenic trails within close proximity to town where you can enjoy gorgeous views of wetlands, farmland and local wildlife.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a five-mile pine-studded crushed stone rail-trail that runs from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes and provides a perfect nature retreat. This route is mostly flat and well-traveled by bicyclists, walkers, runners, and families with strollers and dogs. There are three trail heads in Rehoboth Beach: Wolfe Glade parking lot on Wolfe Glade Road, Holland Glade parking lot behind Tanger Outlet Seaside, and Hebron Road just off Route 1 (no parking available here).

The Gordons Pond Trail, open to bicyclists and pedestrians, is a finely crushed gravel pathway that winds through coastal maritime forest, grassy marshes, and sandy dunes. The trail was expanded a few years ago to 3.2 miles and features a half-mile long, elevated boardwalk over dunes and wetlands. Access the trail head from the Gordons Pond parking lot located at the end of Ocean Drive. About 0.75 miles in, you’ll find an observation deck, which overlooks the pond and the ocean, and provides a perfect spot for taking a breather and bird watching.

Get back on the trail and you'll eventually end up at Cape Henlopen State Park where you can continue on a three-mile paved bike loop or take a two-mile detour on the Walking Dunes Trail through the park’s beautiful natural landscape. There are several other trails within Cape Henlopen State Park. Take the time to discover all of them. I promise you won't regret it.

Fellow cyclists, if you're up for a serious ride, make the entire Rehoboth Beach-Lewes loop (which includes both trails, the state park, and some road riding) for a grand total of 17.5 miles. The trails are well-marked and there are several maps along the route for easy navigation. I've done it many times and it is well worth the effort! If 17.5 straight miles is a bit much, include a lunch break in either Rehoboth Beach or Lewes (depending on where you begin). Or if you want to clock in more miles, buzz through either town and just enjoy the scenes of daily activity in town. Leisurely or hardcore, you will definitely enjoy your ride. Delaware is one of the most bike-friendly states in the nation - get out there and see why first-hand!

Break out your sneakers for two active events this weekend

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Break out your sneakers for two active events this weekend

After the steady soaking our area received last week and into the weekend, we're pretty sure that everyone is more than ready to break out the kicks and enjoy some long overdue outdoor activity. This weekend there are a few events on tap that should inspire runners and walkers alike to participate.

10th Annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk

Be a “buddy” and make a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by participating in the 10th Annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 10. This rain or shine event begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 9:00 a.m. Registration is free and begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be a special appearance after the walk by “The Signing Time Lady” Rachel Coleman, who stars in signing videos designed to teach American Sign Language to children of all abilities, including those in the Down syndrome community.

Festivities begin on Friday, October 9 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the Buddy Up Party. The party will be held at the Dewey Beach Lions Club Community Center located at 115 McKinley Street and the bay. There will be free food, soft drinks, entertainment, and a silent auction. All Lions Club bartenders will be donating their tips to the effort, so participants are encouraged to tip well! Registration will be available at the party; anyone who pre-registers is guaranteed an event t-shirt. Visit the website for more information. 

2nd Annual Greene Turtle Rehoboth Avenue 5k

The 2nd Annual Greene Turtle Rehoboth Avenue 5k will be held on Sunday, October 11. Registration and packet pick up opens at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. The course is a USATF certified “out and back” route that starts at the Greene Turtle located at 52 Rehoboth Avenue and takes runners through scenic residential neighborhoods with finish on the boardwalk. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate. Teams must have at least five members (including at least one female to score).

Participants will enjoy a celebratory post-race party including a breakfast buffet, beverages, and giveaways. Awards will be given for top male/female finishers, overall male/female masters, top three male/female in each age group, and top three male/female walkers. The ‘Greene Turtle Cup’ will be awarded to the team with the most members and the ‘Rehoboth Beach Main Street Cup’ will be awarded to the team that raises the most money.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Route 1 Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Rehoboth Beach Main Street 2016 Fireworks Fund. Visit the website for more information or to register.

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