Sunday, July 15, 2012

List #34: 10 THANKS about the Velo Family Ride.

Meeting up at Trout Lake (we picked up four more on the way)

It's Monday list time again, so I thought I'd write about the kid-friendly group ride we went on this weekend. This dovetails with Stasha's topic of the week 10 THANKS, so I joined up with the linky there. For the ride, we met in John Hendry Park (aka Trout Lake) & biked over to the Olympic Village, then back again. The plan is to make these rides a regular thing, so stay tuned for the date of the next one!

Ten things I'm thankful for about Sunday's Velo Family Ride.
Heading west along the 10th Avenue bike route.
  1. The skies clearing (well, the rain stopping) just in time for the ride.
  2. Meeting more Twitter friends in real life for the first time. I'd been talking to @cbruntlett & @mbruntlett (of Velo Family Diaries) for a while on the interwebz. It was great to meet Chris & Melissa in the flesh. 
  3. Enticing Sprout out of the playground where we met up by telling him we were getting on bikes. Seeing him running toward me yelling, "Bike! Bike! Bike! Bike! Bike!" was awesome.
  4. Seeing all the great community driven projects in our neighbourhood along the ride: the St. George Library, people having coffee in Gather Round (the tiny parklet in a traffic circle), the St. George Blueway mural, the Brewery Creek Community Garden in Guelph Park.
  5. Getting smiles & nods from other cyclists as the 13 of us rode by.
  6. One of the kids climbing all the way up to the neck of the giant sparrow sculpture in the Olympic Village Plaza.
  7. Lounging in the not-quite-sun with treats & coffees from Terra Breads in the Olympic Village Plaza.
  8. Getting a chance to chat about the various options for biking with kids (most of which were in use on the ride): trail-a-bike, bakfiets, trailer, front-mounted seat & riding independently, with or without training wheels.
  9. Being given three cabbage plants thinned from Jin-Sook's Brewery Creek garden plot on our way home.
  10. Last, but not least, thanks to Melissa & Chris for organizing it! 

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Why Monday lists? Reading the lovely Chloe's blog, Tea Swamp Park, I found an idea I had to 'steal': a list of all her Halloween costumes, with quite a few photos. She got the idea from Hula Seventy's List Project. I've decided to do the weekly lists for a year that Hula Seventy is doing. 

Tea Swamp Park & Hula Seventy are not the only ones doing lists, however. Check out NorthWestMommy's list & 'assignment' for next week.








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12 comments:

  1. Sounds like it was a wonderful day!

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  2. How fun to meet Twitter friends IRL. I haven't had the chance to do that yet but someday.....

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    1. It's fun matching avatars to faces & voices. I've been lucky enough to have had the chance to meet quite a few of them in the last month.

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  3. Sounds awesome! What a fun way to enjoy your community!

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  4. This is great. Probably the neatest way I have ever heard twitter friends meet up IRL. Love the picture!

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  5. Wow. That sounds like quite the expedition and a fun day. Getting kids out in the fresh air and moving.

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  6. This event sounds fabulous! What a great place you live in. And meeting IRL is always surreal and neat.

    Ellen

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  7. I have to echo the above sentiments. What a great reason to meet up!

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  8. That's so cool to meet friends in RL that way. I'm a bit jealous!

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