I will admit that originally, I had hoped Ryder would lay back, settle in and have his morning nap during the race in the comfy seat of his chariot...but I realize now, that that was not realistic! The race was way too exciting! Ryder practically hung out of the chariot hollering and yelling (I like to think he was cheering, though I am sure he just likes the way his voice jiggles when we go over rough terrain.) His enthusiasm matched mine as we weaved our way through the very crowded pack. Running a race while pushing a chariot is quite an experience. I am thankful we made it through the whole thing without tripping anyone with the stroller's jogging wheel.
Finishing the race as the mommy of a one year old with him will always be a special memory.
Andrea, Ryder and I before the race.
Ryder and I ready for the group warm up!
Marty, Ryder and I drove straight from the restaurant, to our house, picked up Scout (while Ryder finally enjoyed his nap in his car seat,) and continued en route to Canmore. We parked by the river, got the baby hiker baback pack out of the van, slathered on the sunscreen, stuffed Ryder into the backpack, leashed up Scout and headed out on our first official hike of the season. What a beautiful day!!!! After half an hour, I wanted to try carrying Ryder on my back. Whoa! That is HARD work!! I think I could do it on a flat surface, like around a lake or something, but straight up? OMG! I was afraid I was going to go over backwards. Every step was slow motion and after only a couple of minutes my ass, quads and calves were burning. I was determined to make it ten minutes and I barely managed that. I gained a whole new respect for how strong Marty is!! Ryder "talked" and "talked" all the way up, then part way down his "talking" became fussing. Good thing he doesn't have any real words yet, or he'd be yelling, "let me out of this back pack right now!!!" He just wanted to walk and run and explore! At the bottom of the hike, we let Scout and Ryder frolick in the mountain river, brrrr!! We took off Ryder's shoes and socks and let him feel the sand and ice water on his chubby little toes. He carried rocks from boulder to boulder and enjoyed the freedom of NOT being in the backpack. Scout stole sticks from every little kid in the water and shook cold river water on all of us! When we were ready to leave we put Ryder's shoes and socks on and then, while I turned away to grab Scout's leash, he promptly waded right INTO the water with his shoes and socks on, then he...sat down. Yep, just sat down in the freezing water with his shorts and diaper on! Brrrr! We all had a good laugh, perfect ending to our mountain adventure!!
On our way to the mountains. Yep, my neck hurts just looking at him too.
Very serious about things....
Talkin' talkin' talkin'!
I am exhausted!!
This is my heavy, adorable load!
Beautiful, stick loving Scout!
Brrr, mountain rivers are COLD!!!!