It has been a decade or so since I’ve been in the hometown for Pioneer Day. It is a celebration of Mormon Pioneers arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Since my own family arrived in 1847 in future SLC, I enjoy this holiday. This year we got to ride on a horse drawn wagon. We had a lot of fun. At one point, the gorgeous Haflinger horse on the right took a spill and almost hit the ground. Scary when you are being pulled by 2 live creatures. My own pioneer heritage involves death enroute to Utah in 1847 by getting run over by a wagon wheel of my ancestor’s 4 year old. We didn’t want any real excitement like that. So while I had planned on being at the parade as a spectator, I became a participant and rode with my children as our host only had one grandchild aboard. I didn’t want my kids acting off, horses getting spooked, and an accident. So I was a chaperone. It was fun. My first parade since ’92. Same town, different float. #cedarcityutah
It is with great joy that last summer we finally became a family off bike riders. The task of teaching a child to ride a bike fell on me. Just like with other endeavors, it became easier with each subsequent child. It was pretty painful, frustrating and exhausting to teach my firstborn, but the next children were dramatically less difficult to teach how to ride a bike. I’m unsure if my teaching skills improved, if my patience was better, or simply my other kids were naturally more adept. After finally sucessfully learning how to ride a bike at the end of last summer, we put that task away for awhile and then had to sort of relearn again when this summer arrived. The other night, we trekked the bikes to the park and after an hour of quick joyful riding, #3 took her first big spill. There was gory amounts of blood, but when I determined it was from a nosebleed and other than a few bruises on the legs, we were all good. A good bath, a cute new ruined white t-shirt to be thrown away, and we’d be back in business. A few days later, it was Saturday and I wanted to take a family ride on the Portland waterfront. The bloody episode wasn’t quite a distant memory, but we had to “get back on the horse.” It was a very hot day by Portland standards, so we waited until early evening to get going. There was some fear, but we had a great trek and followed it up with parking our bikes in the sand and letting the kids play in the Willamette River. Great DAY!
I found out some of the people I follow on Twitter were coming to Portland. So… I had to find out why. They were coming to World Domination Summit 2014. Apparently, people have been trying to take over the world in PDX for 4 years now. I had no idea. Anyway, the event was sold out and the tickets were a hefty $499 or so dollars anyway so I’ll just dominate my jungle in suburban PDX. However, they were having a yoga event where they were trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records for doing yoga on the Pioneer Courthouse Square. As a yoga practitioner myself and somebody who had been looking for an excuse to go hang out downtown, that was the perfect opportunity. There was initial excitement, but then it turned dull and hot. (hot by PDX standards) My sidekicks were quickly bored and we had to break for brunch. By the time we came back, they were still at it dominating the yoga. This photo was the last congratulatory yoga pose. #Namaste http://http://www.kgw.com/news/local/World-record-yoga-attempt-in-downtown-Portland-266791601.html
We lucked out today with our attempts at cheap summer family fun. We opened up a free local family magazine and it turned out that right at that moment day 1 of Camp Bridgeport was on. So… If we could get out of the doctor’s office in time, we could head out for some fun. http://www.bridgeport-village.com/center_events-club-bridgeport.html Radio Disney has some fun activities around the Portland metro. They give away prizes generously. We won a few things today too like tattoo stickers. Fun time.