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bicycles and fireworks

Best way ever to celebrate Independence Day … family, friends, and Xtracycles packed for a picnic, concert and fireworks along the river.  😀

Happy July fourth!

Coolidge Park & the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, Chattanooga ... at dusk

let the fireworks begin!

#330daysofbiking Days 88 & 89: independence day cycling

Coolidge Park celebration - July 3

Happy Independence Day :D.  (You knew there would be a lot of photos for this one, didn’t you…?)

On Saturday (Day 88), we decided to head into Chattanooga for the big bash in Coolidge park.  Packed picnic paraphernalia up in the Xtracycles, and Mason and I rode the Riverwalk into downtown.  A couple of the boys had gone into the city earlier in the day, and Ross was going to be coming from work later in the afternoon with Mark, so it ended up being just Mason and I doing the riding.  And hauling all of the “stuff”. 😉 We had a great ride along the river, amazingly uncrowded for a Saturday.

Day 88 - picnic paraphernalia in the Xtracycles, along the Riverwalk

We all met up at Coolidge Park for a great picnic, concert and fireworks.  Our friend Sarah was playing with the Chattanooga Symphony in the park, which was a real treat for us, and her husband Jeff came over and joined us on the lawn while she was playing.  Good times, good food and conversation, plenty of silliness … and just great to be all together on a wonderful summer evening in the park.

the boys, the bikes, the picnic

fireworks and the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge

fireworks and the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge

Day 89: Sunday was a relaxing day at home.  A little swimming, a little biking, dinner out with boys and girlfriends, fireworks all over the nearby farms and neighborhoods (yes, it’s legal in TN).  Mark and I had a nice ride together in the early evening, passing church picnics and people having BBQ’s.  Came home to sit out on the back porch, watching fireworks, listening to music.  The boys had a game of Koob going out on the lawn. Good times. 😀 Coolidge Park was a lot of fun, but today it was just nice to be away from the crowds, hanging out with the boys and friends.  Perfect summer.

tonight's ride - away from the crowds

fireworks in the field - happy Independence Day 😀

#30daysofbiking – Day 2: bicycle dinner party/picnic

I consider it my catering van...

Big Dummy: a better kind of "catering van" ...

Day 2 of #30daysofbiking … Another glorious weather day, beautiful balmy evening.  Sons Mason and Ross are home for the long Easter weekend (while sons Dillon & Grant are off recording with The Band).  Decided to plan a lovely dinner picnic, transported by bicycle to a great little picnic spot along the local greenway.  Didn’t know if it was going to come together until nearly the last minute, due to Mark and Ross driving home from Johnson City … fortunately, it all worked out.

Undoubtedly due to the beautiful weather and school holiday, the greenway was packed with people – walkers, bikers, skaters, scooters.  Everybody out enjoying the beautiful evening.  It’s so wonderful to have a community gathering place – a place where we can all get outside for a while, out of our cars, and just take a walk, socialize.  Take a ride or have a picnic.  Or any combination of these things.

Our dinner next to the creek was lovely.  Our ride was fine.  Another great day of #30daysofbiking. 😀

Pass the salad, please.

Springtime dinner by bicycle: divine

Springtime dinner by bicycle: divine!

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