Posted by: yuk22319 | June 30, 2010

Family Adventures

If your like me and have a adventures spirit you might find it hard to come up with things to do when you have a family. Before I was married and had a family it was a common to get up early drive 1/2 way across the state to go for a six hour Mt bike ride in the hills of eastern Tennessee. I was a licensed skydiver and would go as often as I could.  Weekend whitewater rafting on the Ocoee river, and road trips just because you could were all part of the routine. But when I met the girl of my dream and got married we found out that God wanted us to have kids right away. We got pregnant three months after getting married. When our daughter was born we were living in KY and I distinctly remember the first time we tried to go hiking with her. She was about six weeks old and we woke up one morning and got the urge to be spontaneous.  It took us about four hours to get on the road. Things like feedings, packing all the baby stuff, naps, feedings and getting gas took a little longer than we expected. We finally got on the road and headed to the Red River Gorge. We put on the baby carrier and hit the trail. It was actually a very nice hike. This started the redefining  of the word adventure for us.  I remember another time with our daughter when she was about six months old when we were hiking in the red river gorge and we were working our way down the only tricky part of the trail when she decided she was hungry. She started crying at the top of  her lungs with her voice echoing off the canyon walls making it even louder. When we finally got to a spot where we could feed her we met up with another family who were frantically searching through their packs looking for some cheerios for us. We said thanks but we had it covered.

I remember the day we finally got a bike trailer to tow her around town in. We had some great rides as a family going to the park. Riding on the back roads of KY. This year we moved up to our 5 1/2 year old daughter on the tag-a-long bike behind mommy and our 2 1/2year old son in the trailer behind me.  When I am work the trailer actually fits behind the tag-a-long bike and we get the bike train going. Mommy’s bike followed by the tag-a-long with the trailer attached. Its as long as our Nissan Pathfinder.

We also do a lot of Geocaching. If you don’t know what that is go to http://www.geocaching.com. Its a way of using multi million dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods. We will talk more about that later.

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