Do all parents beam with pride to see their oldest on a new bike? When I first told Big E I had a great surprise for him in the garage our conversation went something like this:
Big E – “Is it a sports thing?”
Me – “Yeah, I think you’ll love it!”
Big E – “A SPORTS THING? I wanted an angry birds toy surprise!” (yelling, crying and complaining ensue)
You can imagine how excited I was to bring it up again. Luckily a few days had passed and when Big E saw me putting the training wheels on his new bike his attitude suddenly became more amenable to trying this new sports thing.
For his inaugural ride we went to our favorite family biking place – the Provo River Trail from Vivian Park to Bridal Veil Falls. The kids play while I unload bikes at Vivian Park, then the flat, paved trail follows the Provo river to the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls.
The entire outing there and back takes a two hours or so, longer when your son is discovering the joy of back pedaling brakes for the first time. Even so, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
On this waterfall discovery adventure we fed fish, climbed rocks, and enjoyed a gatorade from the recently installed summertime snack bar. A special thank you goes out to the snack bar attendent, who overheard me telling Big E that I only had enough money for one gatorade, not gatorade AND fish food. The attendent offered Big E a plastic bag and told him he could pick up trash in exchange for a quarter’s worth of fish food, which Big E was more than happy to do.
Bridal Veil Falls is an impressive waterfall that the kids and I drive by several times each week. Rain, snow or shine it’s cascading levels are impressive, more so when you can stand beneath them and feel the spray on your face. It’s a great place for families to visit on a hot summer day with easy access for strollers, bikes or walkers.
After a long afternoon of riding, climbing, and feeding fish Big E decided he had enough of bike riding. The excursion ended with a rescue call to Mountain Dad, the two kids in the carrier and the new bike shoved in the back. Even so, it was a good time had by all.