So, this post has been on my agenda for the past week, but I’m just getting around to it right now. To celebrate the 4th of July, we opted to go for a bike ride in the park, rather than the usual cookout. It was a highly entertaining experience…that’s the best way to describe it. In the moment, I was feeling some kinda way, but after the fact, I have to laugh at the crazy things I manage to do! Up next…I think a camping and kayaking trip may be on deck! In the meantime, here are some lessons from the trail…
Lessons 1: Go early, don’t stay late…it’s too hot for that!
Lesson 2: Don’t forget your gloves…your hands will thank you afterwards.
Lesson 3: Eat a good meal before you hit the trail and take some non-perishable snacks, you never know if you may get lost a time or two (or three or four!!!)! Prepare to be on the trail an extra 2-3 hours just in case.
Lesson 4: I know it’s not the best thing to do, but carry a match or lighter just in case you need to send out a smoke signal!
Lesson 5: Make sure you know where you’re going…if not, make sure the person you’re with knows where they are going! If neither of you have a clue, find a NEW TRAIL…no need to get lost!
Lesson 6: When you’re lost, don’t always listen to people on the trail, they don’t necessarily know where they’re going either…instead listen for cars. At least, you will be able to tell the police where you are should you need to call 911 for a helicopter airlift out of the area!
Lesson 7: For the men, don’t try to jump off of trees or over trees if you don’t know what you’re doing. Master it with your boys, then show me all the neat things you can do…watching you roll down the hill, nearly crack your head open, and begin to hemorrhage (while we’re lost…notice the theme) isn’t cute!
Lesson 8: Take an extra towel and first aid kit with you…there’s always a risk for more than sweat and tears!
Lesson 9: Avoid bike riding on trails…it’s not as fun and cool as it seems!
Lesson 10: If you just have to go since it’s so fun and cool, make sure you take a pretty awesome partner in crime with you. He/she can make or break the experience!