Scout Rides!!!

After several tries over the last couple months, Scout finally rode his bike without training wheels. He came to me in the garage as I was fixing a flat on my bike and asked if we could practice riding his bike. He has been pretty good at pacing him self, so I wasn’t expecting him to get it. But he did it! He wanted to take a break after a couple runs. We’ll be back at it this weekend.

Joshua Tree – Day 1

It’s spring break for the kids, so we decided to head up to Joshua Tree for a couple nights.

We rented an Airbnb studio for indoor camping. The kids loved.

I went for a bike ride up in sector six the first night there to see what the routes were like. I ran into another mountain biker who offered to show me around. It was some of the most intense off road biking I have done. Twist and turns, steep inclines and lots of narrow paths. I barely made it 5 miles before I was falling over from exhaustion.

The first morning there, I took eddie’s drone out for a test flight the first morning, the wind made it very difficult for the little guy to make it back home. It ended up doing a forced landing in somewhere in the way back and I had to hunt it down. When I rode into the vicinity, a guy in a backyard asked if I lost something. I told him a drone and he pointed me to it. He said he watched it come down.

After recovering Eddie’s drone, we headed up to Joshua tree. We did a walk hike in Hemingway and some climbing at Skull rock. Scout was quite the adventurer. He wanted to forge forward at every turn.

Chesebro Canyon

Wiley and I did our first ride up Chesebro Canyon with her new mountain bike. She is still getting use to the gears and reaching for the breaks, but overall it was a big upgrade from her old bike.

Wiley’s first Mountain Bike

I took the day off from work and spent the day running errands with my dad. In the car after Costco, he asked what he could get Wiley to motivate her to keep doing her activities. I had shown him a video of Wiley riding her bike in Chesebro canyon and her and scout doing Gymnastics. He was impressed with what he saw and I guess it was on his mind. I told him I was thinking of getting Wiley a mountain bike from REI. Her bike didn’t have gears or shocks and almost a year ago Eddie had said her bike was too small for her, so I figured it was about time. We went to the pet shop to pick up a food container and then his doctor’s appoint for an ultra sound. As we were leaving he asked if we should go to REI and get the bike. I told him I wasn’t sure they would have it, but we decided to take a look. Once there we made a b-line for the bikes. I found the perfect 6 gear with shocks and 20″ tires… and it was on clearance. While I was checking out, dad decided to wheel himself around the store. I loaded the bike in the car and went looking for him. He was in the sleeping bag section looking at fanny packs. He said it was difficult to carry his wallet and phone around with him. He found one that worked and we headed out. Wiley’s eyes lit up when she saw the bike. When we got home she immediately wanted to ride it. It was a little Big for her, but she managed.

Some Vocab for You

Hey kiddos,

Every once in a while I’ll come across a word in conversation or on the news that I’m not sure I actually know the proper use of. I google the definition and save it to remind me later. I learn best with repetition, so I keep a running list to go through it every once in a while.

Vocabulary words




1 (of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.”he gave a perfunctory nod”




1 (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter.”an acrimonious dispute about wages”




1 departing from an accepted standard. “That was abarent behavior by Scott Pruit.”




1 reject with disdain or contempt.”he spoke gruffly, as if afraid that his invitation would be spurned”




1 1.
seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution.”subversive literature”




1 bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury.”he was accused of conspiring to suborn witnesses”




1 a person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas.




1 the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. “she sells sea shells by the sea shore”




1 lacking care or attention to duty; negligent.”it would be very remiss of me not to pass on that information”




1 use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself.”“Not that we are aware of,” she equivocated”




1 equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.”the resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt”




unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient.”both tried to behave as if nothing untoward had happened”




1. deprived of or lacking something, especially a nonmaterial asset.”her room was stark and bereft of color”




(especially with reference to a woman) making a pretense of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring.




1 a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.




1 a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.




1 a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.