Original article by Brand Ambassador Brittany Tran: Adventure Scout
Learning Is Not Always Easy … and sometimes you scrape your knees.
We are pretty spoiled when it comes to weather in California but Spring here is just magic. Cool breeze, bright beaming sunlight, and a whole lot of greenery (Thank you, El Niño). We’ve recently located a trail, great for families, on our way back from a hike in the San Bernardino National Forest region. We were trotting on home when we all glanced out of the window and saw one of those great breezes that moves the grass in unison. We knew we had to stop. Allen spun around and turned right into Caspers Wilderness Park.
There are many campsites with picnic tables, a pit for food, trash bins, everything perfectly polished – I really have to give it to California state parks, spotless! We chose a spot towards the end, near a cute little red windmill and under a big, droopy tree.
Steering her in the right direction
Our visit to Caspers was a special one. We rode, we laughed, we ate sandwiches… and we got bold. As parents, we don’t shy away from fear. As with most things in life, it’s a lot scarier in our heads than the reality we live in. We decided that it was a good idea for her to push herself to ride up a hill and stroll down. We took precaution and inspected the hill as low angled. So, we tugged her along to push her through her own fears up the big bad hill.
She shouted these exact words on her way up:
“Mommy, I’m scared,”
“It’s too hard,”
“My legs aren’t strong enough,”
“I don’t want to go to the playground,”
Needless to say, we made it over the hill. I was right behind her and could tell she was nervous the entire way up.
And through all of the doubt, she made it on top. But at the top of every hill, lies a downward, faster, scarier way down. Something in me urged her ride alone and downhill she went. She rode fast and before I could catch up, she was speeding down the driveway towards the bushes. I was so nervous and within seconds, she had already rolled off her bike onto the floor. Thankfully saved by her helmet. And with a couple of scratches and a few tears, we decided to pull over to the other side of the road to take a break. We were both so nervous and the sun was glaring. After about 5 minutes, Scout stopped crying and looked at me and apologized.
“Mommy, I’m sorry I fell.”
My heart dropped. Here’s a three-year-old, apologizing to me for falling off of her bike. I just held her then we both laughed. She described what happened, how it happened and under just 20 minutes, we forgot it even happened.
“Mommy, I’m brave.”
Oh, yes you are!
Thankful to Schwinn for our bicycles and safety helmets.
Brittany’s Bike: Schwinn Allston 1
Check out the original article and more photos over at Brittany and Scout’s blog Adventure Scout
Our Tiny Unit, as we often refer to ourselves consists of Papa (Allen), Mama (Brittany), and our little girl, Adventure Scout. Like any unit or team, we love to do things together whether it’s an adventure in the mountains, scrambling in the desert, or riding our bikes at the beach! Just like any 3 yr old, she’s always trying to grow up faster and has been pleading with us to ride around the neighborhood without our help. You see, bicycling to our family is part exercise, part adventure discovering new pockets of our neighborhood. Giving her the ability to travel, and explore on her own would truly empower her.
Papa Allen loves to explore the mountains, deserts, and forests in search for new heights. He’s always looking new challenges to surmount in his climbing initiatives. While he’s not on an adventure, he enjoys a long road trip and viewing the glories of nature.
Mama Scout loves to travel the world. Her passport book is thicker than most families having lived all over the US, Asia, and Australia. She has plans this summer to visit Europe and Latin America. She’s never one to back down from an adventure, and is always seeking paths untraveled.
Adventure Scout is no different than her parents. Her imagination creates a new adventure daily in her house as if each nook and cranny are a new, unexplored world. She especially loves road trips and patiently endures long drives, since she knows whatever that long road takes her, it’ll be worthy of a new adventure.
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