While hiking around on Mt. Diablo I saw this group of teenagers ride up to the trail head. They were with an adult instructor and they were learning the finer points of trail riding. I was impressed because it is no easy feat to get to these trails by bicycle- the road is long and very steep so you have to work just to get there.
They could not have picked a better day. Now that the rains have passed everything is green and clean and smells wonderful. What a marvelous way to spend the hours after school! This will have a far greater impact on their futures than the silly homework they will have to do when they are finished. They will have spent time pushing their physical limits, learning how to respect the trail and each other, learning how to take growing confidence and translate it into action and cooperation with others. What a great day!
As they rode off I was envious of their youthful joints as well as their dirt bound adventures!