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A Ride Through the Forest

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Just wanted to share with you today's ride through the Stewart Forest Preserve. Over the past couple of weeks, the forest vegetation has become very thick and very, very green. Although the beauty is awesome with different wild flowers taking turns showing off their blossoms, it makes my ride a bit more challenging because of the shadows created on the trails by the foliage of the trees. I am a little more cautious than usual but still enjoy the adventure.

Happy trails!

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VEENAS1 5/21/2012 8:31PM

    Beautiful pictures. You do inspire with your love of the outdoors.

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BRIGHTPENNY 5/21/2012 1:30PM

    You are an inspiration.. thanks for taking me along with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 5/21/2012 9:40AM

    Our flowers have just started popping out, I can't wait! Your ride looks lovely with all the green!

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DMF2012 5/21/2012 6:27AM

    Thanks for sharing - looks like a beautiful place to ride

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NEILITHICMAN 5/20/2012 10:52PM

    Looks like nice weather too.

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W5VEOTX 5/20/2012 6:26PM

    So neat and great photos! Thanks.

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SNOWSNAKE 5/20/2012 1:26PM

    Very nice! I am jealous~ ***SNOW*** emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/20/2012 10:45AM

    Wow, that is fantastic! You obviously ride with someone else to get pictures of you!

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SPEEDYDOG 5/20/2012 10:05AM

    That is so pretty! Nice ride and great photos. Mountain biking is a hoot!

Thanks for sharing.



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BILL60 5/20/2012 8:51AM

    Looks like fun.

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/20/2012 8:13AM

    What a great trail to ride on . Enjoy it .

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LAURELSPARK 5/20/2012 12:34AM

    I enjoyed your bike ride!

We rode on the Katy Trail this AM. The best part was the strawberry popcicle that I had midway throught the ride.

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Come, follow me....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

….as we ride through the Stewart Forest Preserve. Because the area experienced quite a bit of rainfall yesterday, our ride will take us through muddy areas and streams. Ride steady and try to pedal continuously right through these areas without stopping. While going downhill, elevate yourself above your saddle and keep your feet parallel on your pedals to avoid hitting rocks and uneven areas. While going uphill, I find it helpful to avoid standing while pedaling. Instead sit firmly in your saddle and use your abs to power through. Enjoy the ride and Nature’s finest wildflowers and butterflies!

(Astro Bridge at Beaver Pond)

(Lily pond with yellow blossoms about to open)

(Very large tree ---lots of chopping wood for campfire)

(Riding down steep hill)


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GOULDSGRANITE 5/26/2012 10:33AM

    Thank you for taking us on such a gorgeous ride!

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/19/2012 3:31PM

    Beautiful!! (And the scenery is nice too!)

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ANDYLIN90 5/12/2012 1:25AM

    Loved this! Thanks for the ride through such a beautiful area.

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K-PO110 5/11/2012 11:03AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! I'm so hungry to get out there now!

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KAYOTIC 5/11/2012 10:19AM

    Looks like fun! emoticon

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CROWLEY123 5/10/2012 9:09PM

    Absolutely fabulous! You lucky girl! Thanks for sharing.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/10/2012 8:50PM

    Soo PREEETTYY!!!!

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The Maiden Voyage

Monday, May 07, 2012

The cool 50+ degrees and cloudy skies did not stop us from embarking on our new adventure. A local park has a lovely lake that is perfect for beginners like us. It took me a while to finally figure out what my outdoor enthusiast son was trying to teach me over the phone last evening about how to paddle. But after I left the shoreline and “paddled” for about 15 minutes in circles, the light bulb finally came on and I truly enjoyed about an hour and a half of paddling. My husband was doing well, too, but at a much slower pace. Unlike me who wanted to get a cardio work-out completed as well as enjoy the scenery, he paddled at his own pace preventing the overuse of his previously injured rotator cuff. Wish I could have taken pictures of our views, but I feared the phone/camera getting wet. This picture was taken after I came ashore. Can you tell which yak is mine? Did you play today?

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OPTIMIST1948 5/9/2012 11:59AM

    Hmm, what a nice way to think about it "Did you play today?"
Not really, but I'm about to make a huge mess making salads....

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NEILITHICMAN 5/8/2012 5:40PM

    Once again, I'm totally jealous. I used to kayak all the time when I was at school and had ready access to the school's kayaks. We even did the dart river once. But although I live in an area which is ideal for kayaking adventures we just can't afford one at tme moment. I've promised myself I'll get one if I reach my goal weight by December.

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VAL_LYNNE 5/8/2012 3:16PM

    emoticonI was wondering how you adventure went. Glad you had a good time and all went well.

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LESLIELENORE 5/8/2012 2:18PM

    I'm so glad you both enjoyed yourselves! Getting out on the water is so much fun. I love the exercise, but I also enjoy watching the wildlife and the water.

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SNOWSNAKE 5/8/2012 1:40PM

    Woo Hoo, as we like to "spark-speak"! I feel your joy across the miles! It has been an adventure just getting to this maiden voyage. HOw did your hubby's shoulder feel (is what im wondering) that evening?? ***SNOW***

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MAUIMA 5/8/2012 12:02PM

    Soooooooooooo exciting!!!! Glad you two were able to take the pun intended! Glad hubby enjoyed it too! :) Very very nice!

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/8/2012 9:48AM

    Yours must be the pretty blue one! Beautiful! The scenery is great, you must have had a wonderful time!

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KAYOTIC 5/8/2012 9:41AM

    Good for you! Sounds like a great maiden voyage for both of you!

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PURPLELVR7 5/8/2012 7:52AM

    sounds like a lot of fun, glad you enjoyed it

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CROWLEY123 5/8/2012 7:50AM

    Sounds like a good first go! Good for you! Can I guess blue? Mine is too! emoticon

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/7/2012 10:35PM

    The kayaking looks cool. I have been wanting to try it. Good luck on your new venture! emoticon

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Here I go again....

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Another new adventure awaits me, this time on the water. I’m finally reaching another goal on my list. That is, to learn to kayak. After much research, my husband and I decided on 2 kayaks that meet our beginner needs and pocketbook. With life vest, water shoes, oar and kayak, I’m ready!

From old rail trails to mountain trails, and now ponds, rivers and streams, there’s nothing stopping this ol’ gal. See you on the water!

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2KRAYZEE 5/7/2012 3:57PM

    I love floating the river too! But I float in an inner tube, lol. I can tell that you and your hubby have great adventures and a love for life. This is awesome and very inspiring! You Go Girl!!!!

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ANDYLIN90 5/7/2012 4:33AM

    I love your go for it attitude...very motivational to me. I've tried kayaking on a lake in Michigan and I like it, but I need more practice and determination to really make it a work-out for me. I'm basically taking a few strokes and then gliding and definitely not working hard enough to get my pulse up.

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KITS4CHANGE 5/6/2012 9:43PM

    I'm so happy for you! You and your hubby will have a blast! We sure do with ours!

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NEILITHICMAN 5/6/2012 9:24PM

    Awesome, I'm so jealous. I've decided that if I manage to reach my goal weight by December I'm going to shout myself a kayak.

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GAYLLYNNE 5/6/2012 7:46PM

    Have a great time!! Looks like fun!

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DEE1221 5/6/2012 4:53PM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Keep us posted.

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LESLIELENORE 5/6/2012 10:17AM

    Best wishes for your new adventures! I love kayaking.

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SPEEDYDOG 5/6/2012 9:02AM

    You are really adventurous! Outstanding!



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SUSANS706 5/6/2012 8:53AM

    Sounds like fun! Whenever they interview people who have reached their 90's or 100's, they always say the key to a long life is to keep moving. That's exactly what you are doing. Keep us posted on your new adventure!

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MISSRUTH 5/6/2012 7:52AM

    Go YOU!!

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WOODHEAT 5/6/2012 7:33AM

    Welcome to my life! Many people as they travel out of their younger years start to act old - sitting in front of the tv and getting more sedate by the day. Then there are those of us like you and me who see this time of our lives as an adventure with more freedom than we ever had back when we were "growing up". Lifes to short to sit on the couch! Let's live everyday with things that live wire our senses!

Enjoy the yaks! Enjoy life!
Life is good!

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BILL60 5/6/2012 7:26AM

    Sounds like a bunch of fun. Kayaking is on my bucket list.

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EDITOR 5/6/2012 3:30AM

    Good for you conquering new adventures!

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CORNERKICK 5/5/2012 10:43PM

  Have fun!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/5/2012 10:22PM

    Sounds like fun!!! I'm sure you will enjoy yourselves!

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VAL_LYNNE 5/5/2012 10:02PM

    emoticonGood luck to your new adventure.

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CHOCLAHOLIC 5/5/2012 9:43PM

    Nice yaks! Lots of fun in the sun ahead this summer! Enjoy!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/5/2012 8:44PM

    Wow, how fun! I'll bet you can't wait to use them!

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DBELLE39 5/5/2012 8:43PM

    Way to go on reaching your newest goal. Have a blast celebrating with your new "toys"! You rock!

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CROWLEY123 5/5/2012 8:15PM

    Congratulations and may all your days on the water be perfect ones!

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Never Quit Pledge

Friday, April 27, 2012

I am making the following pledge that was posted on a SparkFriend's blog. I'm committed and wanted to share it with you to encourage you to never quit.

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To Stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend,
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER!

Signed, LUVS2BIKE101

from Nola( NPA4LOSS)

from Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

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CROWLEY123 4/28/2012 5:14PM

    I saw this one also - and hope to write my own pledge today! Thanks for sharing it.

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TCHNCRFT 4/28/2012 10:54AM

    You're absolutely right - we have to see this as a journey. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, day after day. Thanks for sharing!

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LAURELSPARK 4/27/2012 8:46PM

    What a great pledge!

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KITT52 4/27/2012 6:50PM

    I agree, this is fantastic and I will pledge it too

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