Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bike Party and Canoe Trip

Bikes! Bikes! Bikes!

Getting around town using our own power is part of our curriculum here at the schoolhouse. So, last Sunday we met up at Mueller Park to get some riding practice. We started out by decorating our bikes with wheel cards and colored straws to put on our spokes. Then, we headed out for bike adventures. Bike adventures are where one person picks a destination in the park and we all ride there together. While we are all at different comfort levels on a bike, we stuck together and didn't let anyone get too far behind or ahead. Everyone was super encouraging and felt a little more experienced when the day was over. With more practice, we hope to make a field trip somewhere close, where we can bike and truly get a feel of all the beauty around us that we might have missed before.

Caitlin giving Rio a ride.
Nathan and Sy inspecting Sy's bike.
Amelia riding her decorated bike.
Laura and Amelia taking a short ride together.
Canoe Trip to the Island
Trip to Secret Island

Canoes built sturdy and strong
holding us afloat the water
Grey clouds hover attempting 
to release their heaviness

Putting pressure on the paddle to 
push the water behind us
Feeling the humid breeze against our skin 
leaving the surface sticky and wet

Finding treasures the earth has left us
various birds flapping their wondrous wings
creatures living, breathing in nature
lucky to have such beauty before our eyes

This invention has given us the gift of gliding over glass

At last! Reaching the secret island we walk again
stomping the dry earth beneath our feet
running to feel our muscles taking us to our next adventure.

Special thanks to Andrew Danziger of Hatch Workshop in East Austin for paddling with us and bringing his handcrafted canoe!
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