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A Scenic Bike Ride on a Wisconsin Fall Day

Monday, October 24, 2011

I was recently inspired to share a blog loaded with beautiful photos by another Spark friend, WILDFIREKRISTIN. Earlier in October, my family went for a bike ride through the beautiful UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin. We loaded up the bikes on the bike rack, and headed out. Not only did we ride bikes for nearly 6 miles, but I got a lot of beautiful photos of fall color to share with you!

My daughter Kayla pauses for a minute while I snap a photo!

Isn't this beautiful??? I wish the color could last longer than it does.

My husband stops for a photo.

Some areas were more green than others. Here my younger daughter is in the foreground and my husband in the background.

I just love the yellow leaves!

My family, the love of my life: My 12 year old daughter Kayla on the left, then my 7 year old son Jaden, my husband Matt and then my 10 year old daughter Courtney on the far right.

Jaden isn't able to keep up with us just yet, so he still rides on the bicycle extension that hooks to my bike. He loves it!!!

My beautiful boy!

A beautiful canopy of leaves over the road.

Kayla didn't want her picture taken but finally I convinced her.

Sorry there are no pictures of me... I tend to be the photographer of the family, and many years back when I had put on a lot of weight I forbid my husband to take pictures of me. Now I've given back permission to him, but sometimes he forgets or I don't think to hand the camera to him and ask him to take a picture. I know what everyone here will say... Yes I need to capture these years while my kids are young, they need to have their mother in pictures with them. This is something I am working on, and it's one of my reasons to keep sparkin' and losing weight so I feel like I look better!

Anyways we had a wonderful bike ride, and even though my kids complained about it, I told my husband we need to continue being active as a family together. The beautiful scenery has been there all these years, and yet I have never gone through the Arboretum until this day. In the future I would like to see us do things together such as hiking through some of the scenic state parks in our area, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter, and more bike rides!

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    I so agree with you, I too wish the trees would stay looking like that longer. But NO we must have freezing cold winds and nasty white stuff on the ground or tons of fridged cold winds and ice cold rain. Ughh WI.
    I know the feeling of not being in the pictures but, always taking the pictures. And trust me the kids will still remember you where there for you where the one taking the pictures.

    I could of looked at these pictures all day.
    3126 days ago
    What a great way to spend time with your family and what a beautiful location! I just love fall too!
    3140 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! Beautiful family! My husband has been flying to Wisconsin for work for the last year. He says it's really lovely there.
    3141 days ago
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    Awesome! I would love to do this with my fam! Love the pics. I also am behind the camera - that is ok with me!
    3142 days ago
    Looks like a wonderful day out with the family!
    3143 days ago
    Definitely snowshoeing! We're blessed with ample snow in the MN/WI areas and I can't wait to break out my 'shoes in the Cities here.
    3143 days ago
    What a great way to get your kids involved and something fun too! Soon enough the kids will be begging you to take them on rides. Ahhhhhhhh I could just smell the lovely fall day and I, like you, wish the fall colors would stick around just a little bit longer.


    3143 days ago
    Beautiful ride!
    3143 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8333900
    Really pretty, and an awesome family day!! This blog is a perfect commercial for doing FUN things with your family to stay healthy and active!!
    3143 days ago
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