Bring on the Adventure {Bellingham REI}

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In yesterday’s post I alluded to another little surprise we had hiding up our sleeves…The life-changing Big Mac Adventure was not the final destination of the day. Our real purpose for loading the kids up was to head to REI for new bikes. As a large family we have relied on used bikes and hand-me-down bikes…something I love. 

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Boaz and Tucker circa 2008

I am absolutely thrifty by nature and we don’t consider a brand new shiny bike a necessity or birthright. But a few of the kids needed bikes and we wanted hearty bikes that could be used the trails because we live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…Also, did I mention we live in a valley…on a hill? When we go for a walk or bike ride it literally is uphill both ways….it’s a matter of choosing your poison, because the walk or ride home will be uphill.

As soon as we arrived the kids made new friends. They do get out of the house once in a while I promise….and isn’t the school supposed to be socializing them anyway? 

As part of our plan to get outdoors with the kids even more this summer, we've upgraded bikes for several of the kids.

As part of our plan to get outdoors with the kids even more this summer, we've upgraded bikes for several of the kids.

This guy didn’t get a new bike. His balance bike is still serving him well.

As part of our plan to get outdoors with the kids even more this summer, we've upgraded bikes for several of the kids.

REI was having some great sales…but the places was swamped and it took For. Ev. Er. to get the bikes selected and purchased. 

So things got a little crazy…

During this time of patiently waiting I had about seventeen different sales people ask if we needed help with anything. Um, nope. Chuck was busy buying half their stock of bicycles and the kids were respectful of the tent we were hanging out in…It was all good.

As part of our plan to get outdoors with the kids even more this summer, we've upgraded bikes for several of the kids.

Jubilee’s face just after she told me she was never going to smile again…

She hasn’t kept her word. Just so you know.

Three weeks, fifteen thousand hours and a million dollars after entering the store, bikes were bought, bills were paid and we headed home.

Apollo hits the trail on his balance bike.

Here’s to a summer full of adventure!

The kids still have two weeks of school yet…then it is SUMMER VACATION! 

Are your kids out or do they still have a few more days or weeks?

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  1. Dorothy Stankavage

    Tomorrow is our last day of school, they get out 2 hours early. Then 10 week off. We go back the 3rd week of august next year. The thinking is that the first semester with end of course tests or state sol tests will be over before winter break. Our high school has 4 classes a day each semester, so they finish a years worth of work by the end of a semester. SO they classes are 80 minutes long.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Our kids have early release on the last day as well. I love not starting school until September!

  2. Wow 2 more weeks. That’s brutal. We always get our bikes are REI. We try to wait for the fall and use a 20% off coupon and the tiny dividend we get. Parker gets his bike tuned up there in the spring. Mind you we also hand down bikes and try to find used. Parkers bike should last a long time. Eli got a new one since he started riding at 3. He skipped over the balance bike and rode a very pink bike for a year until we bought him one. That will be passed to Silas at least. I hate shopping. I’m thankful Brad is home so much to go to those places. That’s awesome they got new bikes. My kids ride daily so for us it being ” smart with money ” to buy good quality bikes that will last. Sometimes We can score an ok bike on Craig’s List. If not REI it is.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, our hope is that these bikes last several years. We will keep them tuned an maintained….then we will either pass them down or sell them.

  3. What are your favorite easy trails? I wouldn’t even know where to start looking.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      My road, for one. LOL. I don’t know really. Probably North Lake Whatcom.

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