Biking has become a huge part of our life. Rick has always been a big mountain biker. Rick grew up mountain biking with his Dad and continues biking with his Dad, including an annual trip to the Grand Canyon. Mal loves road biking and bikes 1,000 miles each year, including a bike race every year. The kids get to experience both from an early age starting out in our bike trailer. Big Sister just finished her second bike race with Mal! Our bikes go everywhere that we go.
Hiking is one of our favorite things to do. Our first date was even a hike to a waterfall which won major brownie points for Rick. Our hiking has evolved over the years as we have added to our family and we have found many kid-friendly hikes that we all enjoy. We adjusted when Mal was diagnosed with Orthostatic Tachycardia (read more about that here) and now Mal mountain bikes the trail alongside the rest of the family while they hike the trail to keep her heart rate in better balance. We love snowshoeing when we get the chance!
We have several campfires and camping trips each year. Sometimes we just go up the canyon and enjoy a warm campfire to make our dinner and have some S'mores. Other times we pack up for an overnighter somewhere. Every summer we have a campout for our family reunion and each fall we have a campout with Grandpa and Grandma.
We love exploring new parks and seeing new places. We take along the hammock, frisbee and soccer ball. Big Sister loves to climb trees with Dad's help or rollerblading. Little Sister loves the hammock and Brother has fun on his bike or scooter. We love to go for walks and have picnics or feed the ducks. And of course we love sledding in the winter!