The goal was 6 miles, give or take, with a nice layover halfway at Skinner Butte Park for a picnic and some play time. Calvin has only been riding sans training wheels for about a month and the longest Emme has ever gone on a bike was 4 miles, so I was a little bit leary starting out but tried to remain confident in their abilities. After some last minute scrambling for the right crown to wear (Leona) and the best book to bring along (Emme), we were loaded up and ready to go.
|Sweatshirts & blankets at 11am in August?! Crazy, I know.|
We stopped to look at the river
and ride/run around the EWEB fountain.
Before, inevitably going through it too.
After a couple more "hills" that Calvin conquered like a champ we made our destination... just in time too, because Calvin thought for sure he was going to starve to death before we ever set foot in the park.
Lunch was quickly inhaled so that the playing could begin.
It was only a matter of time before Jonny discovered and immersed himself fully in the water
and then the REAL fun began... did someone say mud puddles?!
Yes, even I got in on a little of the fun.
I think the thing that made this particular day "the best day ever, in August" was the surprise stop at Prince Puckler's when we were almost home.
When all was said and done, we biked/ran 6.29miles in 55:56 which averages out to about 8:54 pace. I was really impressed with my kiddos and although Calvin swears he will never, ever, ever do it again (despite it being the best day in August ever), I think I might look into more great adventures like this. I sure liked the way they slept last night. ☺