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    2 Boys and A Girl

    I know what you were hoping for, but in fact just the opposite

    This was somewhat short notice as Tye has been hitting me up to go camping. Time and time again he impresses me with his over active spirit so I decided to test the waters with a caming/fishing/biking thing. Also, this was a good time for me to let him loose a little without moms watchful eye Plan was to scout NM376 in the Jemez Mtns for a suitable spot to camp. Prerequisites had to include good fishing for the boy, nice waterin' hole for the pup, and some scenic trail for Dad. I think this counts!

    Here is a shot of the old train tunnels the lead into the canyon



    First we pitched camp and settled down to some lunch



    Eh...well, at least one of us set up while the other was a little preoccupied



    However, Tye was very interested in getting the fire ready for this evenings marshmallow feast



    By midday on Monday, it was apparent that today we would fish. I had wanted to squeeze in a short ride due mainly to all of the trails, jeep and otherwise, spread out all around our campsite...but there would be time for that later. Today we fished!



    Even the dog was getting into it. She was trying to ambush the catch from the grass. I found her even looking for them in the water, ready to pounce at first site.





    He looks pretty tired in this picture and deservedly so. It had been a long day



    Tossing things in the fire will cure just about anything that ails you though.



    A view from the captains chair



    Did I mention marshmallows?



    The next day we agreed would be reserved for biking. We ended up taking off into the meadow from our campsite linking various walking paths and a little road. Pretty cool for it being right off of the campsite.





    Further up the meadow there was what seemed to be a lilly patch that I though was cool



    ...and we meandered our way through some pretty primitive terrain.





    The kid has got some moves for being 4 1/2 years old



    There were some obstacles. We had to cross the creek a few times during the journey...darn fishermen can't make up there mind which side to fish from. Here Tye is thinking that he will carry his own bike.



    ...and a couple of steps later he has changed his mind



    It turned out to be a relatively short ride as the insects, primarily these little fly like creatures, were having their way with us. So we headed deeper into the canyon to scout some other areas.



    There is a war going on between the Pines and the Aspens



    and the walls of the cliffs are pot marked with these little covey's





    There were some other really cool "freerideable" features that I noticed along the way



    I encountered some amazing scenery and before I knew it, I was out on Hwy 4...Perfect! I decide that a detour to East Fork was in order. So off we went. It is nice when a plan works out better than expected. When we got there of course Tye wanted to fish, but it was dads day to bike...we did both

    Life is good





    I know I am going to catch some flack for the next two, but I am prepared with a strong argument. I have never let him ride without a helmet, but we were already so far from the truck before I/he realized it wasn't on. I was freaking a little a first but he was being careful



    Perfect ending to a perfect trip...Thanks Tye, I will never forget it.



    Oh...obligatory Soda Dam shot

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    That was tooooo coooool Looks like fun and remindes me of my own son Great post, thanks for sharing it with everyone!

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    Great post Brian. Looks like you guys had a blast. The soda damn is cool. Stopped there with Autumn and Ella last year.
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    Sweet that he's riding East Fork at only 4. Probably better than me.

    When you're getting him the xtra small Turner? Looks like he needs it already.
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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotmilky

    When you're getting him the xtra small Turner? Looks like he needs it already.
    If they made one, I would buy it.

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    Yea, maybe some would give you flak about helmetless Tye, but did we ever wear helmets when we were kids?? I'd be the proverbial hypocrite to call that out.

    Great pics, good to see you out with your boy and his dog!

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    Wow what a great thread and awesome piccs!

    scenery, dogs kids bikes, what else can ya ask for outta life!

    Like the blue RFX by the way, thanx for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouse jockey
    Yea, maybe some would give you flak about helmetless Tye, but did we ever wear helmets when we were kids?? I'd be the proverbial hypocrite to call that out.
    we also lived in houses with lead paint, voted for nixon, schooled in a sea of asbestous insulation and ate red dye #4 or whatever they called it.

    great stoke man. beautiful digs ya got there. they do make 13" xs turners ya know. get to it!
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    nice bryan! very nice! nice to see tye ripping that trail! great thread man!
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    Fantastic thread!
    Those are trips for the memories - good job!

    One quick question though, where do you camp that allows fires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    Perfect ending to a perfect trip...Thanks Tye, I will never forget it.
    I'm sure he wont either.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Jemez/SF Nat'l Forest has stage 1 restrictions. NO FIREWORKS

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    This Just in...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    Jemez/SF Nat'l Forest has stage 1 restrictions. NO FIREWORKS
    Actually, based upon the info on teh internets, the Santa Fe has *no* restrictions. But fireworks are always prohibited on national forest lands, even the "safe and sane" type.

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    great photos Bry

    This is what its all about.


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    Good on you Bryan!

    Yeah, kids kick ass.

    I'm slowly breeding an XC champion (she doesn't know it, so keep it on the down-low).

    I've got two daughters, one of which has huge genetic gifts as an endurance athlete.

    I turned her loose this year. Merely junior high track, but she won the district championship in the mile and 800m, on her first try at any organized sport.

    Next season we're going to use her mtb as "training" for track.

    I wish there were more support for youth cycling here in NM, but I'll do what I can.

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    I have no doubt that she will exceed all of your expectations. She definitely has more than fighting chance given the bloodline. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    I have no doubt that she will exceed all of your expectations. She definitely has more than fighting chance given the bloodline. Thanks!
    Thanks.

    I noticed that you called recently. I don't know why I missed it.

    I'm riding a rigid 29er these days, but am up for riding anywhere.

    Evenings besides Tues & Thurs are always open...

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    Great job!

    Classic father son passion for life post. Just don't show the helmetless pic to mom and you should be OK. Thanks for the hit.

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    What a coinkydink (sp)

    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder
    Thanks.

    I noticed that you called recently. I don't know why I missed it.

    I'm riding a rigid 29er these days, but am up for riding anywhere.

    Evenings besides Tues & Thurs are always open...
    Tues and Thurs are the days the Bandoleros ride! If you don't mind associatin' with a bunch of misfits you are welcome to join us. I understand if the publicity is too much for you though

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    General thanks...

    Thanks everyone for all the comments. You folks are a big part of my experience so I was really excited to share this with the you. We really got it good here. Moreover, I hoped to motivate the dads out there to take time for the little people.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    we also lived in houses with lead paint, voted for nixon, schooled in a sea of asbestous insulation and ate red dye #4 or whatever they called it.
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    It was great reading about your trip with your boy. I have boy/girl twins that turned 4 in February and while my son is really into his bike, he is not that interested in taking off the training wheels. I have talked him into it a time or two, but he always wants them back on almost immediately. Any advice you could give on getting him up on two would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twindad
    Any advice you could give on getting him up on two would be appreciated.
    The tipping point for my son was when the little girl across the street (who just happens to be a year younger) began riding w/out her training wheels.

    At that point I couldn't get them off fast enough!!

    I think she's for hire if you're interested.
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    I let him decide. We went on regular trips where the training wheels were more of a nuisance and we practiced daily in a nice tuff of grass. I never pushed it and always had a spare bike for these sessions. I made sure that his primary bike had training wheels that he could ride on our outings.

    One more thing is that I always made sure that the training sessions ended on a positive note. It is not as hard to get them practicing if there is a fond memory or two, usually followed by some ice cream...yummmy!

    I hope this helps.

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