Sunday, May 16, 2010

Riverdale River Parkway

We took advantage of the nice weather and went for a walk on the Riverdale Parkway. There are some fun new attractions that I didn't know about- a Frisbee golf course and a dirt bike course. I love seeing people out taking advantage of the free entertainment & enjoying the outdoors.

You can't tell from the picture but I have on roller blades that I've had since high school. I feel so free when I'm rollerblading. The only problem, and it's a BIG problem, I can't stop. The only way for me to come to a complete stop without falling down is going up a steep hill. MB begged for me to carry him so I gave it a try. We did just fine until we went down a hill at a very fast pace. Luckily the path started inclining so we were able to slow down but that was the last of his ride. ZoZo was so content & happy the entire time- except for taking off her hat and throwing it on the ground.

MB is determined & stubborn. He refused to ride in the stroller with Zo so he either walked or rode on HeRoos's shoulders. The paved trail ended so they walked on the dirt trail and MB kept pulling HeRoos' hair like he was holding the reins on a horse, trying to steer HeRoos to the very end. I got worried about them so I took off my roller blades and Zo and I set off to find them.

We caught up with them and MB led the way to the railroad tracks, of course. MB loves trains and is totally fascinated by them.

When I was in college, I spent 2 summers working for a program called AmeriCorps to earn scholarship money. A team of 10 of us worked our buns off doing environmental work all over northern Utah. One of the projects was making this nature trail that breaks off from the main trail. We made bird & bat boxes, benches, a sundial, and designed the signs along the trail. It was a lot of hard work but fun to see my own children (13 years later) enjoying the fruits of my labors.

Someday, I'll take them to Antelope Island on a trail that we started from scratch. It was hot, exhausting labor. I learned what a pulaski was and how to use it. I haven't been back since because I've had no desire to climb it for the 100th time and there were no trees for shade. At the beginning of our project we would go to the van to eat our lunches and after a few days we started packing them because it took too long to hike back down & then back up with full stomachs. If I can ever locate the pictures, I'll post them.


Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you can see your hard work pay off. You are making me want to do some serious projects with my girl scouts now. Thanks for the motivation!

Jamie said...

How is that I never knew we both did AmeriCorps?

nymanzanita said...

What a fun family day! You look great....skinny minny!

Kristanne said...

We love that trail. My kids love it too. How cool. It is a nice way to get out, close by and enjoy nature.

Vicki said...

wow, how lovely! your legacy (of sorts). My oldest daughter did Americorps (tutoring elementary kids), too. The youngest guarded Least Tern nests on the beach by UC Santa Barbara. These are the experiences we never forget and that we could only do when we had no kids!

Nikki said...

I have no clue where this trail is!! Please email me and let me know!