Helen’s longest dayPosted: April 17, 2011
I took my 7 year old daughter, Helen, to go ride at St. Joe State Park in Missouri. It was her first time there. She has only ever rode on grass or clay. I knew riding in the lead tailings (sand) would be a new, and possibly difficult situation for her.
Sure enough, the first time we hit soft, deep, dry sand, she fell down. She would go maybe 10 yards and eat it, over and over again. Wow, was she frustrated. We had a huddle. Eyes up. Feet down. Don’t try to steer unless the gas is on. Go! And she went, and it was all ok. We rode all over the tailings and the flat trails, and she had a good time. She even learned to navigate the deep soft sand. By lunch, she was happy again, and feeling good about herself.
We snacked, and went back out to explore some more. Helen tied out the North end of trail 100, climbing some steep stuff, and then coming back down. That was probably her biggest adventure on the steep stuff. Then we meandered through the sand back to the parking lot. Sadly, we meandered a bit too long, and through a bit too much soft sand. By the time we reached the car, her arms were sore, and she had had enough. We need to spend about thirty minutes less on the sand next time. Duly noted.
But she did a great job! If there’s anything harder to ride on than soft sand, I don’t want to ride on it, and she wasn’t falling at all by the end of the day. I’m proud of that girl of mine.