Lauren and I went on a 33 mile ride Friday, to complete her cycling badge for American Heritage Girls. Not only was it a long ride, but we had 1813.18' elevation gain with a few steep climbs and some 8-10% grades. Trailing Blackberries
Praying to the Lord We stay together Side by side on the wagon train
Trail mix is another versatile food to pack with you when hiking. It comes pre-made in grocery stores, in brightly colored packages, with little bits of melty chocolate or yogurt covered somethings. It's kind of spendy, too! Even though nuts and dried fruit aren't exactly cheap, I can mix up my own blend for... maybe … Continue reading Mix It Up!
The Eugene, Oregon Scale Model of the Solar System was created by a father and son to show relative sizes and distances between the planets and the Sun. The planets are steel balls set upon pyramids with information panels positioned along Eugene's Willamette river Riverbank bike path. The scale is 1:1 billion and dimensions are taken from the … Continue reading Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles
Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza My new bike set-up Sidalcea oregana (Oregon Checker Mallow) Aquilegia Formosa (Red Columbine )
This local bike shop, simply named, is just over a mile from my house. They've done quite a few repairs on our bikes recently. They fixed a broken chain, secured a Piccolo rack mount, and quite a few other things. A couple of weeks ago my oldest daughter rode away toward a rehearsal for a dance recital. When she … Continue reading Local Bike Shop: Simply named “The Bike Shop”
Last week, coming home from a music lesson, we had the chance to ride across the Gateway I-5 bike bridge for the first time. The bridge spans I-5, connecting Eugene and Springfield at Gateway Mall. It's quite an impressive structure, offers a nice view, and made for some neat pics as the sun was starting to go down.
I've been wanting to go on a Kidical Mass ride for about a year. My kids' have had activities with time conflicts each time. Last Saturday, it turned out that my oldest daughter got a ride to her function with a friend and the rest of us weren't going. It happened to be the day of … Continue reading Kidical Mass Fancy Pants (Tweed) Ride
This is likely to become a series of posts about wildflowers. I'm very interested in our native plants, wildflowers and edible plants in particular. These aren't all necessarily indigenous. I'll be looking for other varieties, and hopefully I have a camera handy when I find them! Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum) This native plant towers above my daughter's head … Continue reading Spring Wildflowers Along the Willamette River