Monday, July 07, 2008

How Dirty is Dirty?

Yesterday we went on a bike ride along the shores of Eklutna Lake. It was a bit damp with some showers for about the first two miles of the trail, but then it dried up. The sky was overcast, but there was no wind. We had a gorgeous reflection of the mountains on the turquoise lake.

We rode with another family, friends of Zoey's from Mighty Bikes. Besides having a fabulous daughter named Hannah who is Zoey's age, they have a nine year old daughter who can ride! She was great. Her name is Zoe, too. I didn't bring my camera on the ride, it was too bulky, so no pictures along the way.

Vivi rode on her sticked together bike and won the Dirtiest Biker Ever contest. Doesn't she look fantastic? A lovely patina of glacial silt can do wonders for the skin.

Tom is my hero for riding nineteen miles to the airstrip and back with a trail-a-bike and Vivi. We all rode the nineteen miles, just the rest of us did not have the add bonus bike and biker.

Believe it or not, all the clothes have come out sparkling! I was exceedingly doubtful when I started the washer, but have been pleasantly surprised.

This just in...our comrade-in-arms Gerry passed along these last three shots. We ALL enjoyed the ride.

I love how Vivi looks transcendent here. Despite all the mud she really enjoyed her ride. Thanks for the photos, Gerry and Kathy.


KGMom said...

Oh Trixie--too too cute. I love the mud splatters and the line up her back. Priceless!

Susan Gets Native said...

Holy moly. Did she get DRAGGED for 19 miles or what?
: )
She gets my vote for "Cutest Muddy Kid EVAH"!
I am so proud that your whites didn't come out dingy. You domestic goddess, you.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, nothing like good, clean fun!

Dave said...

That would make a good Tide commercial.

Lynne said...

Dave beat me to it- It WOULD make a great Tide commercial! What a fun trip!!

The Broken Man said...

Wow, she is sooo cute. And peple ask me why I want our baby to be a girl....!

The Broken Man

Gouldiae said...

G'day Trixie,
Just wonderful. Brought back memories of a life long gone when the Gouldiae family used to trail ride down here in Oz. Actually, the way petrol, (er, gas), prices are going here, we might have to dust off the 'grids', (bikes), again.

RuthieJ said...

Poor little squirt--all covered in mud! Doesn't look it bothered her at all. Thanks for those great LOL pics Trixie.

Sharon said...

Great pictures -- and what a great outing. You are an inspiration, and I promise to post pics of some summer outing here in Montana on my blog.

Also, thank you for the birthday wishes. How thoughtful! One more unexpected blessing.

KatDoc said...

Thank God for mothers who allow, nay ENCOURAGE, their daughters to get dirty. Dirt will wash off skin and clothes, but fun times like that stick in the memory forever.

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!


claire said...

ha, this great :D miss you guys!

Julie Zickefoose said...

No amount of mud can dim the radiance that is Vivi. She's like the Teletubbies sun-baby.

Mary said...

Priceless! She could have the lead in a laundry detergent commercial.

Kristy said...

Oh my gosh! What a blast! When we were little, we loved getting if the level of filth was a direct measure of how much fun you were having. What a great memory for all of you. Maybe you can drag out those pictures to remind her who she really is if she ever gets to be a prissy teenager! :)

Meggie said...

Looks like a great time. Good old fashion exercise at its best!

Mel said...

Vivi looks cute even with all that mud (poor washer, though... if it could speak... lol)

Susan Gets Native said...

Honey, where are you?
Worried minds want to know.

nina said...

Is there a reason fenders aren't on mountain bikes??
Is it too dangerous to get caught on something?

That precious smiling face should have a Nike caption--just do it!

Lynne said...

Checking in on you Trixie.

Everything OK up there in the way, way north?

I miss you.

LauraHinNJ said...

Gosh she's dirty! Bet it was fun, tho.

Marianne said...

Where ARE you???? I miss you. xo Marianne

Mary said...

Where are you. Are you on an overseas holiday or something?

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