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Get Out!: Together Time 

Published February 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:02 p.m.

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click to enlarge Elise snuggled into her bike trailer - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Elise snuggled into her bike trailer
Tristan attached the bike trailer to his fat bike, and we headed out for a 10-mile ride on the dirt roads around our house. As we pedaled away from home, the weight of deadlines, bosses and to-do lists lifted. We forgot about everyday stresses and were taken over by the child-like fun and ease of riding a bike. We took turns racing ahead of each other, dodging pot holes in the dirt roads, and joking around —  being careful not to jostle our sleeping daughter too much. As the sun warmed the roads, small droplets of mud flung onto our faces. It was great fun! 

We rode our bikes down the road to the gardens at nearby Goddard College. We stopped to walk in a labyrinth and check out some intricate stone work, then sat on the stairs under an ornate fountain and took in the afternoon sunshine while Elise slept in her trailer. After we had soaked up the sun, we hopped back on the bikes and climbed the hills to nearby Newtown Dairy Farm in Marshfield. From this spot, we could see the Worcester Range to the west. We stopped along the side of the road to look at the snow on our beloved Hunger and Worcester Mountains.

click to enlarge Stopping to take in the view - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Stopping to take in the view
From there, we pedaled onward and rounded the corner to take in more mountain views, this time looking east into Groton State Forest. We turned around at the local town forest trail head, and headed back home. On our way, we climbed more hills, took in plenty of sunshine and celebrated Elise's solid, fresh-air nap. Most importantly, we took the time to be grateful for an afternoon on our bikes as a family.  

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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