Thursday, July 02, 2009

Because We're Such Party Hardies Around Here

Yesterday was Canada's big birthday bash. It was sorta nice having a day off smack dab in the middle of the week. A little sleeping in, reading with a coffee in hand and then a huge bike ride with hubby. We avoided all the hoopla and celebration stuff at the lake. Ah yes, the celebration stuff which is another way of saying "Come and spend all your money on all the overpriced junk and food in the booths set up at the lake & get claustrophobic with all the crowds". Instead, with the kids gone with friends, we opted for a leisurely ride through some of the older sections of town with all the lovely two story homes of old, and then around some more trails to newer sections. We compared what we like in curb appeal, what gardens we liked, what streets appealed to us. We rode around the track where they train law enforcement at the local college, quite by accident. We thought it was a cool trail leading elsewhere but we laughed when all we did was go in a big circle with different "stops" along the way. Stops like chin up bars, walls to scale over, tires to run through ala football training camp. No we didn't try the stops out. We'll leave that for another day. Not!

In all we were gone and riding a good 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Good thing I have a good seat on my bike with a nice thick gel cover. I want to kiss the people who invented gel covers. A mighty fine invention indeed.
(riverbottom from last Sunday)

No pics of yesterday's ride however. Last time, hubby was so gracious and patient as I stopped constantly as different things caught my eye that I thought I'd go easy on him and not even tempt myself by taking my camera along. We just rode and rode and rode with nary a stop to drink water. Of course, that didn't stop me from several times noticing something and saying I wished I would have brought the camera along.

The bike ride times this year have been really good for me and hubby. It's our way of clicking out, being together with no pressures but how fast to go and what street to turn down. It's just fun being together touring around the city. It's funny how getting out in God's creation, feeling the sun on your back and a slight breeze in your face just washes all worrisome thoughts away and allows you to be in the moment. Who can stew about the negative when you are looking at beautiful green coulees, a blue river running through it and myriads of colors of wild flowers? When we see all the lovliness of the world God created and see the order in it, it is so much easier to trust that He will also take care of us and release it to Him. And we wonder what we're worrying about in the first place.

And on that note, I can't resist just one more picture from the riverbottom.

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Boy Susanne when you and hubby party you really party!! The Riverbottom looks so peaceful.

Tammy said...

Sounds wonderful...just the kind of thing my hubby and I would do to celebrate (if we were Canadian, that is!)
As it was, my oldest turned 10 yesterday too! :)

Laura said...

Oh Susanne how awesome that the two of you can do this together. It sounds so nice and relaxing and fun. My hubby and I don't actually do anything together on our own (without kids) so we really need to make the effort once and awhile.

nikkipolani said...

Congrats on not only on Canada Day, but a dry and sunny one at that!

Linda said...

I am missing our bike rides! It has been so ridiculously hot we haven't even dared to try riding. I have enjoyed riding with you though! I agree - it is a wonderful way to just relax and enjoy.

ellen b. said...

Beautiful pictures Susanne. It is nice to get out into creation and just enjoy! Glad you got the time to do it!! Blessings...

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

This sounds like a wonderful time. We enjoyed hiking the trail on vacation together, too. There's something about getting under that big old sky that changes your perspective!

Barbara H. said...

Sounds like a fun time! I like low-key celebrations, too. Glad you had a happy Canada Day!