If people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.
The New York City Department of Transportation is taking the current biking boom seriously! They're sponsoring two fun-sounding events in early August.
Art Ride: Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Public Arts Festival at Fort Tilden
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Tarpmaster and I went for a bike ride along the Brooklyn shore to Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst, near Coney Island. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not too hot. The kids didn't come with us as they had other activities with friends.
It was another beautiful weekend so we headed back to Jacob Riis Park for the day on Saturday, and once again had a lovely time. We brought our Kelty sunshade instead of just a tarp and it worked much better, although we had to move the panniers to a different bike to accommodate it.
For our second consecutive Sunday of family biking, we decided to check out the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which we'd only visited briefly in the winter, when it was cold and extremely windy. In June it was the opposite—warm with a welcome cool breeze. Our plan was to bike there, explore, and get lunch from Smorgasburg. Our route, once again planned on the Ride the City site, took us around Prospect Park and down Vanderbilt Avenue.
We decided to do a family bike trip out to the beach at Jacob Riis Park on Sunday, and had a great time despite a couple of snafus in the form of flat tires.
The boys and I went for a nice little bike ride Sunday afternoon. We started a bit late, so we had to return after dark, but we enjoyed a glorious sunset view that made it worthwhile. Of course we were well equipped with lights and reflective vests for biking after sundown.
I've had the idea of this blog for a long time, but of course now that I'm trying to take it seriously, I have all sorts of hesitations about not really going camping more often and so on and so forth. But realistically, with all our other events and obligations, most families can't manage an entire weekend expedition more than a few times a year. Getting kids (and ourselves) out and active regularly means taking small excursions where and when we can, especially when we're city dwellers.