Honda Fit and CRV Mountain Bike Capacity

The interior of my 2009 Honda Fit hauls my mountain bike which eliminates my need for a bike rack and/or hitch. I haven’t tried it but I believe it will hold two mountain bikes at once. My Niner SIR 9 and Giant Boulder both fit comfortably by putting down the back seat, removing the bike’s front wheel, and wedging the rear wheel next to the driver’s seat. Continue reading “Honda Fit and CRV Mountain Bike Capacity”

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Map Trails using a Google Android Phone and My Tracks Application

I use the My Tracks application on my Google Android phone to record GPS coordinates for hiking and mountain biking trails. I use it instead of other similar apps because it allows me to easily upload recorded GPS coordinates to a Google Map and then share that map on this blog. What’s more, I have access to all of the data collected by My Tracks whereas other applications require that you store all of your data on their web site. Continue reading “Map Trails using a Google Android Phone and My Tracks Application”

Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival in Christiansburg, Virginia

The Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival is located near Christiansburg, Virginia. It is reached by taking exit 114 of off I-81 and heading south on VA-8 for 2.2 miles. The festival is taking place until November 8th and is open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Parking is abundant and free. Restrooms were provided in the form of port-o-potties. Go to http://www.sinklandfarms.com/pumpkinfestival.html for more information.

Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival Activities

Although it was cold, we had fun walking around the Sinkland Farms property and exploring its activities. The farm operates a corn maze for adults but we only patronized the toddler maze; where our kids had fun jumping off of and climbing on bales of hay.

The pony ride was $5 and more fun for us as parents than it was for our 2 1/2 year old; whose excitement was waning as the cold weather’s bite penetrated our winter clothes. Other activities include face painting, live music, and an animal barn.

Hay rides are only $2/person but we chose to walk to the pumpkin patch instead. There were plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to choose from.

One of the highlights of the visit was the festival’s pumpkin launcher which can launch pumpkins hundreds of yards. The following video shows the festival’s pumpkin launcher in action. You have to look closely to see that the pumpkin starts beneath the launcher.

The following is our pumpkin carved to our daughter’s specifications: two triangle eyes, a round nose,  eyebrows, and three teeth.

In sum, the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival is a fun, autumn outdoor outing for families and is a good alternative to hiking on a cold day. A similar and equally fun fall activity is blueberry picking. Happy Halloween from everyone at Two Knobby Tires!

Blueberry Picking in Blacksburg, Virginia

Last Sunday, we went blueberry picking at Windrush Farm. Windrush Farm is located 15 miles north of Blacksburg, Virginia and is reached by heading 11 miles north on US-460W, turning left on Spruce Run Road (VA-605), and driving 3.2 miles to a left turn onto Windrush Lane. Continue reading “Blueberry Picking in Blacksburg, Virginia”

City Park Railway – [Closed Indefinitely] – Train Ride for Kids in Fort Collins, CO

Yesterday, we walked to the City Park Railway. The City Park Railway was located across the street from the City Park pool in northwest Fort Collins. The train is currently closed indefinitely. Continue reading “City Park Railway – [Closed Indefinitely] – Train Ride for Kids in Fort Collins, CO”

Conference Bike – Team Building on a Bicycle?

We came upon a bike we had never seen before while riding home from a family bike ride last week. It was a circle-shaped, seven person bike with a person in the back steering. The man in the yellow shirt said it was a “conference bike”. Continue reading “Conference Bike – Team Building on a Bicycle?”

Guide to Hiking with Kids, Babies, Toddlers

Last Saturday March 7th at 9am at the outdoor classroom at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, I gave my first guided hike as a Larimer County Volunteer Naturalist. My talk emphasized the importance of children interacting with nature and, specifically, with regard to nature deficit disorder. Continue reading “Guide to Hiking with Kids, Babies, Toddlers”