Parent, spouse, badass woman, cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, books, diy & proud nerd. I write about adventures of my semi-outdoorsy family of four, when not in the woods we are enjoying Pittsburgh, taking in a movie, or playing board & video games. Bits of my 18yr marriage to a talented artist & my POV of working for an independent publishing outlet in the bike industry. 🚲🏕☕️📚🤓
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The hubby and I had the accidental chance to indulge in a
kid free retreat to Cleveland, OH this weekend, and play around at Ray’s IndoorMountain Bike Park. Cleveland reminds me a lot Pittsburgh, lots
of little fun things to do they are just sprinkled about the city.
I have been to Ray’s once before, last year for the Women’s
Weekend. I did a blog about it; you can check it out here. If you have an indoor mountain bike park near you go scope it out. I only know of a few: The Lumberyard -
Portland, OR; Ray’s – Milwaukee
& Cleveland, WI; and CranX – Syracuse, NY. Hopefully I can add The WheelMill – Pittsburgh, PA to this soon. Did I miss any...?
While there I was able to play on the 2013 Trek Evo Lush and
ride the cross-country course. I wouldn’t shy away if from playing on one of
Trek Evo Lush - Full Suspension Women's Specific bike.
A couple of key highlights for me when I head up to
Cleveland are the West Side Market and Great Lakes Brewery. The Market dates
back to 1840. You can find aisles of cheeses, fresh meats, hand stuffed olives,
homemade Russian pastries, every kinds of bread you can think of, authentic
Mexican food, and a whole other building filled with fruits and veggie’s. We
took a 2-hour lunch break from riding and hit the Market for lunch and snacks.
Dinner for two.
Great Lakes Brewery is the must for dinner and a beer. The food is good, the beer is even better.
I'm going to be 40 in like 3 days! I'm supposed to panic right?!
It feels like most people have a sense of dread or despair for milestone birthdays like these. I don't feel that way. But I wouldn't say I'm excited either. Full disclosure I get really excited about finding a grey hair, "I'm Mom-the-Wise now!"
Birthday's are a day that I get to have all the say in activities and food choices, that's really enough for me. Mom's generally don't get that. We are often the ones who bend our wants to make the kids or spouse happy. But we are guaranteed two days a year where we can say, "everybody back off, we are eating pizza with pineapples and anything with dark chocolate!". Nom. Nom. Nom.
Comfortable bottoms for an active woman can be a challenge to find. I'm not talking about stretchy yoga type pants, I'm looking at jeans. I am not a fan of having to change clothes to be able to run around the park with the kids or hop on the bike to run to the store. The search for a pair of women's jeans that could accommodate these simple activities and not break the bank, has been a challenge.
The Kara Jean has fit that bill. I purchased these last fall and have been living in them for weeks at a time. I wear a size 10 and these have a little give after wearing them for a few days, but an 8 was way too small for me. The pants are low-rise and the materials is a nice soft and stretchy woven denim. They are machine washable and I have had no issue with them shrinking. The fit is flattering and these pants can be dressed up for work, date night or just chasing the kids around the park.
The Kara Jean retails at $85 and is available in different colors depending on the seas…
A good pair of outdoor shoes is one item I always invest in. I've gone the cheap route with big box store brand of hiking or running shoes and they start falling apart within a few months of steady use. The last two years I have purchased Keen boots for my son and they have been great. Last year we purchased the older version of the Hikeport Waterproof Mid Boot, it has a bungee closure that works really well. He liked them, he wore them, they lasted and I cleaned them really well then was able to pass them along to a friends kid.
This year we went with Keen's new twist on the Hikeport style with Velcro closure and more of a tennis shoe look. The Big Kids Hikeport Strap Midproof Mid boots are really awesome. First, the style they look super cool. I want a pair! Kids get all the cool stuff... Second, the boots come with Keen's traditional features waterproof, odor control, lightweight and a non-marking sole. Lastly, they are super comfortable. They are comfortable enough fo…