Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Solar System Model

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

Gateway I-5 Bridge

Gateway I-5 Bike Bridge

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.

Spring Wildflowers Along the Willamette River

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

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

Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Bike Picnic under Eugene Skinner's Cherry Tree

Owen Rose Garden is one of my family's favorite picnicking spots.  It's right along the River Bike Path and we pass it on so many trips.  It's just far enough out for us to make it the perfect location for a break on a long ride, or to be the turn-around destination for a shorter … Continue reading Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Trail Riding

girl trail riding on a mountain bike

Today was a beautiful day, giving a full dose of sunshine!  My middle daughter and I rode to her music lesson.  She's a vocalist and learning to play piano.  On the way home, we got the chance to get off the bike path and ride some trails.   Pluto, the last (former) planet in The Eugene, … Continue reading Trail Riding

To Infinity and Beyond the Bike Path

Buzz Lightyear bungeed to a Piccolo

Today, after riding to my youngest daughter's ballet class, my son and I continued on down the River Bike Path to Skinner's Butte Park. Buzz Lightyear came along, transforming the ride into an imagined outer space expedition. Buzz is bungeed to a bicycle! Is this standard issue? Playing at RiverPlay Playground at Skinner's Butte Park. My boy standing next … Continue reading To Infinity and Beyond the Bike Path

My 5 Favorite Free Audio and Video PC Apps for DIY Digital Homeschool

boy with an InnoTab tablet

What happens when kids get a hold of a shiny new DVD or CD?  You're lucky if it will ever play again.  My solution is not to put a hard copy in my kids hands at all. Digital copies don't get scratched.  Scratched disks aren't the only problem with DVDs, though.  A lot of devices are … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Free Audio and Video PC Apps for DIY Digital Homeschool

Bikeschooling

Like many other homeschool families, we find ourselves spending a large portion of our time getting around to various classes and activities.  When we were in our minivan, I was amused by how fitting the term carschooling was.  I used to be concerned with things like how to transport school books without getting them all mashed up, … Continue reading Bikeschooling