Better by Bicycle


We celebrated bicycles this past Toddler Tuesday inspired by the 2014 Cross Vermont Bicycle Tour; because bicycling is a great way to explore the natural world.  You are moving at just the right pace to stop and smell the roses, yet cover good distance in a day. You can hear all nature’s sounds, see more details in the scenery, pick up all the scents around you, and you get exercise too.

Here are highlights of the Cross Vermont trip that inspired our last Toddler Tuesday class on bicycles.

Once again Flat Stanley was in on the adventure:


At times the ride was over smooth dirt:

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Sometimes it was single track through the forest:

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Sometimes paved and smooth



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Past big skies and large farms

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Sometimes wooden planked bridges over rivers

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Sometimes the trail split and we momentarily lost our way:


or the trail disappeared through tall grassy, flower filled fields (single track was an understatement)




But when the going gets tough, you stop for ice cream!


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And the great reward was camping on pristine lakes every night



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lake carmi sunset


Go on and get out there with your bike, and if you are up for an adventure, take this trail:





About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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