Camping/MTN Biking at Devil’s Den

A few weeks ago we drove about 2 hours away to Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas to camp and hangout at their annual mountain bike festival. I had wanted to go last year, but we didn’t get too, so this year we made the reservations so there was no turning back. Fortunately, we also went with some friends (who also happen to be our neighbors). Each of our kids had someone to hangout with and it was great because they all seem to get along well.

The festival itself wasn’t too exciting. There weren’t a lot of booths set up, but it was fun to ride with a group of MTN bikers (even if I was one of the slower ones).

Lilly went on her first trail that weekend. At first she thought it was awesome, then she started to freak herself out, but in the end she pushed through it and ended with a smile on her face, which is all I could ask for.

Everyone had a blast, except for the undeniably COLD conditions we slept it, that was pure torture at its finest. It was actually painful. Cold camping is the opposite of fun.

Some photos to document our trip….


One Mile a Day

Around here, being active is what it’s all about.

We encourage each other to run, bike, swim, etc…. daily.

We go as a family with our 6 and 7 year old and run a mile, or ride the trails, or swim laps (actually, I don’t swim laps — not for me!)

We have been pretty regular on working out, but the last few weeks I’ve been thinking sometimes it’s just too hard to get in a long workout, or I just don’t feel like it, so I came up with a one mile mentality. One Mile. Each day. Minimum.

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Of course you can do more than one mile, that’s awesome, good for you, but for those days where you don’t feel well, or the day is jammed packed already… one mile is doable. It’s not much, but just enough.

It’s a great start for those who have trouble working out, or being motivated.

I wanted to challenge each of you to a mile a day. One mile. Walk, run, bike, whatever, just get up and move. Each day for one mile. You can do it.

You won’t regret it, and once you get the ball rolling, you will start to feel amazing and hopefully you will never stop. Maybe increasing your distance down the road. But don’t focus on that now, just focus on 1 mile. It could be a life changer.

1 mile a day. 7 miles a week. 30 miles a month. Imagine the awesomeness of accomplishing that.

Also, it is so much more fun to workout when you have an app like MapMyRun or RunKeeper to keep track of workouts. You feel good looking back on workouts, speed, calories burnt, etc. You can have friends and keep track of each other. Another neat feature are the challenges. You can win cool prizes for completing these.

My kids were 4 and 5 for this 3 mile walk in Houston. Kids need someone to show them the way to living an active and healthy lifestyle. Be their role model. Families that workout together, stick together :)


Biking is awesome, you should try it

I just wanted to share with everyone my love of biking.

I picked up this hobby about 2 years ago while living near Houston, TX…. League City actually. A ton of people bike there: BMX, mountain, road… everything.

So I went and bought myself a mountain bike and road bike from Sun Ski Sports (both on sale, an added bonus!)

And so the love began. I have always enjoyed biking, but now am more serious about it, I mean I wear an $80 bike helmet, gloves, you know, the whole shebang!

I just want to encourage who ever is reading this to try out biking, or at least another outdoor hobby you have always wanted to get into. It’s never too late to start.

The mornings when I get up and ride I feel so much more alive and an overall better sense of happiness.

It’s amazing what nature can do for you, and riding next to groundhogs, deer, snakes, etc is really something else.

So, hop on a bike and start pedaling! Even better —  find a bike buddy!