Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Bike racers on their respective Ski 2 Sea relay teams, Peter and Tim rode well.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Today is our local "Bike to Work and School Day" event, with local celebration stations set up around town.
We homeschoolers were actually biking FROM school, but hey, that counts too, doesn't it?
The boys enjoyed the treats at each stop, and the sticker collecting.
Peter dropped his chain along our route, and thankfully there was a bike repair station just a few blocks away (with free coffee!). The bike mechanic corrected the chain situation, and then Peter asked him to look at the brakes.
Well.... that led to a rather detailed bike repair job which included a ride to the local bike HUB to pick up a new brake cable. The scene there (with live music, free pancake feed and plenty of tattoos and piercings) rounded out our educational experience for the morning.
We were interviewed by a local reporter, and witnessed some very interesting riding styles.
A good time was had by all.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Joseph planned the menu and served as the head cook, and was able to use his new camp stove and cook set for the first time. Zachary instructed him in the fine art of lighting the camp stove, noting that, "a brief soccer ball sized flame is normal," during the ignition process.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Packed to go
Joseph, Tim, Zac and I are hitting the trail this morning with Collin and his parents on a Scout outing. It's a 4 mile hike in to our campsite, through amazing old growth forests and along the shores of beautiful Baker Lake.
Joseph's first pack weigh-in showed his pack was a bit too heavy, at 26lbs. Shedding some weight (to Zac's pack) brought it down to 23lbs.
Zac's pack, now weighs 33lbs, so he decided to go ahead and pack in a standard camp chair... not very back-country-ish, but, "comfort trumps all," says Zac. (I think it shall become my early Mother's Day present!)
My pack is a bit heavier than the light load I carried last summer on our 50-miler. With my shoulder on the mend, I'm ready to pull my own weight! I have also make adjustments in the insole of my hiking boots to (hopefully) avoid the ridiculous blisters I suffered with on that trek.
Pray for our safe travels!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Joseph and Peter were the recipients of a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge as birthday presents from Gma Billie and Gpa Cliff.