I haven't blogged because we really haven't been doing anything other than hanging out! I had a really nice Mother's Day with my kids. They treated me to a nice dinner and we played games afterwards. Ashleigh made me a very nice painting with the words "Be so happy that the people around you become happy too". She also made me a CD with a bunch of country songs. Homemade presents are the best!!
|Mother's Day 2012|
|Ashleigh using a tube of caulk as her microphone!|
We've also been helping Brandon and Amanda with more new house stuff. Here's the work bench that Dan and Brandon built.....
Amanda and I stained and painted a bookcase for their study.
|Ready to fire up!!|
There is a new biking/walking trail that we wanted to try out. The Neuse River trail is part of the Capital Area Greenway. There are several segments of the trail but the only one that is currently open is Upper Neuse Trail. It is about 6.5 miles starting at the Falls Lake Dam and ending at the WRAL Soccer Complex. The budget for this section of the trail was a whopping $3.9m. However, once the entire trail is completed, it is supposed to be about 28 miles long at a total cost of $30m. Wow!!
Dan and I pedaled the trail once by ourselves and biked 6.25 miles and turned around. This was before that we knew that it was only 6.5 miles long! Oops! Should have read the signs!!
We made plans to go again with my son and daughter. DIL Amanda had to work. But, Ashleigh was unable to make it as she has been having a heckuva time with allergies and didn't think that being in the woods would help. So Dan, Brandon, and I set out for a leisurely pedal.
|Unloading the bikes from the truck|
|Stopping along the way to add more air!|
|Itty bitty foot bridge to the river|
|Mushroom carved from a tree trunk|
|Hmmmm...this is one funny looking bike! He was just blowing debris from the path!|
|Wooden chair carved out of a tree stump!|
|Standing tall! This was near the soccer fields!|
We stopped and ate a picnic lunch along the way. I think that we were all very hungry. From our picnic table, we saw a guy on a bike stop and look at something in the pathway. Hmmm...we needed to investigate.
|One of those slim-no-shoulders things!!|
This is the kind of wildlife I can do without! But this is the type of wildlife I like...
There were three deer right at the end of our ride. All in all we pedaled about 15 miles or so. It was a gorgeous day to be outside. Afterwards, Brandon "treated" us to cones at Dairy Queen. He had a coupon to get four free single dip cones. And you know how much I like "free"!!
|There were only 3 people; coupon was for 4 free cones. What to do? Brandon had 2!|