Friday, April 24, 2009

Goin' For a Ride

Jason had the great idea of buying a bike seat for Taylor so we can all go for bikes rides this summer. We recently found an awesome deal on Craigslist for one, and I promptly got it secured to the bike and ready to go. We decided against the one that you pull behind the bike because we thought Taylor would much rather be up high and seeing everything, and we could talk to him easier while we're riding.

I took Taylor to REI to get his first helmet, and he was so excited about it that he ran around the store with it on. He still loves to wear it, thankfully, so the excitement hasn't worn off just yet.

Lovin' his helmet

As of now we've gone out on three rides, and we've been having so much fun. The first ride was short, but a good start. We went from downtown Redmond along the Sammamish River Trail back to Marymoor Park, where we took a playground break so Taylor wasn't sitting in the seat for too long the first time out. He talked a lot, pointing to the things he was seeing on the way, and beckoning me to keep up with him and fast daddy. The second time was more adventurous. We started from the same spot and went on the same trail, but went the other way. We found a playground once we hit Woodinville, then when we got hungry (and it was threatening to rain) we went to the Woodinville Cafe for some brunch (best strawberry crepes!!). On the ride back we passed a bunch of baby geese (so cute), and we almost lost a shoe (thankfully Jason noticed Taylor's bare foot before we had gotten too far from it). Our total mileage was 14 miles. Good start! A fun way to exercise, that's for sure! The third ride was today, and though cool, it was nice and sunny. We rode from the Sammamish State Park and meandered through Issaquah, up toward the highlands, back down by the Village Theater, and down Gilman Blvd back to the car. After a picnic lunch and some trips down the playground slide, we headed home for a nap.

Chilly day for a bike ride

Ready to go!

Baby geese

Watching the river

Helmet hair

"Hurry up mom!"

All in all, we are having a great time getting out as a family, getting exercise, and enjoying the more frequent sunny days. Maybe you'll see us out and about someday. We're the one with the Copilot on the back.