Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cooling Off at the River

We went on a family bike ride on Saturday on the Cenntenial Trail. For those not from Spokane, that's a trail for biking, running, etc that follows the river (most of the time) from Northern Idaho and through Spokane. It's beautiful! We went about 9 miles round trip.

Since I like to take the boys for bike rides during the week while Joe is at work, the trailer hardware was already on my bike, so instead of switching it and then having to switch it back, I just pulled the trailer. Whew, it was quite a workout! We got some funny looks and comments about it, but oh well! Joe offered to switch bikes, but I wanted the exercise! But, boy did it get hot. Andrew doesn't really like the trailer, especially that day because it was hot and nap time. So, he was crying which made Sam miserable. We were heading back to the car, after only going a mile or two, when he finally calmed down, so we kept going. A few minutes later, we realized that they were both asleep! Too cute!

After the bike ride (and the boys' nap) we took them down to put our feet in the river. The water was freezing! Our boys love the water though. Both of them just wanted to dive in, which kind of scared me to death considering how high the river is right now and how fast the current is...but it sure felt good to get our feet wet!

This was probably when I was explaining to Sam for about the millioneth time that we were not going to get in and go swimming and no he couldn't go climb on the rocks by himself.

On our way out Sam found a big stick, what more could he want? I don't quite understand the fascination that boy have with sticks, but I remember that my brothers were the same way!

Andrew wasn't enjoying himself quite as much, by this point he was tired of the heat and just wanted to go home. Plus, the sunblock was running in his eyes so they were all red. Poor kid-o!

On the other side of the parking lot was this little waterfall which Sam insisted that we go see. It was nice and the mist felt really good.

And this was the end of Sam's stick, Sam threw it in the water and they are all watching it float away. Bye-bye stick! I was glad that we were able to avoid the fit that inevitably would have happened when we got to the car and I said that we weren't taking the stick home. This worked out perfectly!

It was a fun morning and I came home appreciating the beautiful area of the world that we live in. I love that we have so many fun outdoor things to do within a short distance. It's great!


Kristin said...

you are becoming quite the active blogger!! i love the new posts! we should go on the trail together some time we just got a bike trailer and there aren't many places to take it around us. The pics are SO cute! Keep em coming!

Heather said...

looks like you had a super fun day. Your boys are so sweet. When we went to that waterfall, Brock managed to find slim, or pond scum or whatever nasty green smily thing he could find. He would pick it up on the end of his stick. Ya--that stick wasn't coming home with us either. Cute pictures!! I am sooo glad you guys are in our ward!

Erin McSpadden said...

that looks like a blast. I have to say you are braver than i pulling the kids behind you. buff chica. i would totally be a whimp and let my hubby do the hard work! love the picts