So Punxsutawney Phil was wrong. We all wanted to believe that he was correct when he predicted that we were in for an early spring. Turns out the winter held on with all its might. The good news is the warmer weather of spring seems to be closing in.
I am not one for being inside the house. I am not really the mom who is craft savvy nor do I find baking enjoyable. So the winter is long and hard on me. I get the stir crazies! It’s me and the kids and four walls. I check the weather forecast with my fingers crossed that perhaps there will be a 60 degree day predicted with lots of sunshine. To my dismay, I haven’t had much luck. I long to go outside and feel the sunshine, smell the fresh air, run amuck in the open space and regain some of my sanity.
My kids seem to behave a lot better when we are able to get outside. Children and the outdoors go together like peanut butter and fluff. Being outdoors and in nature is crucial to our overall wellness. In the book, “The Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv he describes how children of this generation are suffering from what he calls nature-deficit disorder. He explains all the ramifications of children being disconnected from nature and outside play. If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it.
One of the ways my family enjoys the outdoors is to spend a day on a bike path. You don’t have to just ride one way and ride back. The bike paths connect us to many places to discover and beautiful sights to see. Rhode Island’s bike paths lead to parks, playgrounds, beaches, nature trails, downtown areas and carousels. The possibilities are many and the fun is mostly free.
You can find a bike path near you and more information about more paths in RI by visiting the Department of Transportation’s website.
Click the links below to read about two of my favorite bike path adventures. I hope it inspires you to pick a path and a destination to create adventures and memories for your family. Be your own tour guide and pack lunch and start pedaling.