Embracing Everything Emma

Enjoying Life One Baby Step at a Time…

On the Trail May 28, 2013

Emma, prior to leaving

Emma, prior to leaving

This past Saturday we were invited to go ride the Virginia Creeper Trail with some great friends. We had been planning on doing this for quite awhile and this gave us the perfect excuse. I couldn’t wait and I began packing up our stuff first thing Friday morning. Today I want to share with you some tips for going bike riding as well as our adventure.

Family Time (after lunch)

Family Time (after lunch)

For starters, I knew there were things that we needed. This is what we packed and definitely stuff I will pack again:

  • A blanket for Emma in case in got cold or she needed padding for the ride
  • A pair of shorts for Emma in case it got hot
  • A jacket for Emma in case in got cold
  • Sunglasses for all (we ALL used our shades)
  • Water and extra for any injuries (we came back with 2 bottles so we did good!)
  • Snacks. These were mainly for Emma but JR and I took advantage of a few things along the way.
  • Extra pacis, binky, snacks, and all diaper supplies for Emma (we did disposable FYI)
  • Chapstick, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer to use as needed
  • CASH. You never know when you’ll need money for a quick snack or anything else. We went ahead and each brought our wallets. Just in case.
  • Camera, in the form of our phones. Not much, if any, cell service but GREAT pictures were taken!
  • A bag. We brought a bag for all of this stuff. Seriously. Who could carry all this WITHOUT a bag?
Emma, and JR trying to console her

Emma, and JR trying to console her

Jordan & Aaron fixing my tire (2nd time)

Jordan & Aaron fixing my tire (2nd time)

Someone tuckered out

Someone tuckered out

These were the main things we brought and definitely what we would bring again. As far as our trip goes, it started out with a busted tire at the bottom  for me while we were blowing it up with air. After a mile down the trail, Emma decided she hated to carrier and my front tire decided to blow, too. We were luckily with an amazing group of people who had a back up tire tube and air pump so we were covered. The rest of the ride, until lunch, involved a lot of scenic sights, fun riding, and a crying baby. Yes, Emma continued to hate the ride. When we stopped for lunch at the Creeper Trail Café, Emma was in heaven. We ran and played and enjoyed the lawn, ate some grilled cheese for lunch (I had a burger and JR had a loaded hotdog), changed our diaper, and played some more. This was for sure her favorite time of the entire day. She even adopted a pet rock that we put in her room for memories. When we made our way back to the bikes you could tell she was over it. Unfortunately, we had about 5 miles to go so the ride wasn’t yet over. Once back in the carrier, she spent another few miles crying and then finally passed out from all the excitement tears. JR and I were able to enjoy the rest of the ride talking and just enjoying nature together. It was a lot of fun! By the time we got back, Emma was ready to get up and she played some with Farris. They had a lot of fun together shooting people with the water hose! The only real negative part to the trip , other than Emma crying, was that my 31 bag ripped open. Yes it did. RIP sweet 31 bag. I am going to bring it to a friend to attempt fixing it. Let’s pray she comes through this!

Our Riding Group

Our Riding Group

So, have you rode the Creeper Trail? Did your kids love or hate it?

**Please note we rode with JC’s Outdoors in Damascus. This post was not sponsored by them, however, I highly recommend using them! Check out their website HERE!**

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