This bike trip was, like, awesome.Byline: John Rezell The Register-Guard
OK, so it was cloudy cloudy (clou´de)
1. murky; turbid; not transparent.
2. marked by indistinct streaks. and pretty cold that Saturday morning, even some raindrops here and there, but you know what? I can't really say we even noticed other than someone mentioning the rain.
It really didn't matter, anyways an·y·ways
In any case.
Adv. 1. anyways - used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; "Anyhow, he is dead now"; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I , because we packed a bunch of mountain bikes in the trailer hooked to the back of a City Rec bus, and we piled in and headed up to Oakridge.
Oh, Tom, our bus driver, had this great joke: What do you call a pig with three eyes? Piiig!!! Get it?
So, anyways, up by Oakridge, wow, the leaves on the maple trees were changing. This one hillside was all a bunch of yellow trees - the whole hillside, and it was really neat.
Tom says that he heard maple leaves are naturally yellow, and that they turn red when the tree poisons the leaves so they fall off and die. Really.
Anyway, we got to Salmon Creek Park, and it really isn't much of a park, but we weren't there to play at the park. No, we were there for something much better than that.
It was colder than it was down in Eugene, but we took the bikes out of the trailer, and filled up our water bottles and met a couple of guys from the Disciples of Dirt mountain bike club who live up there, and then, man, we were off.
We all got on our bikes, and headed out on the Salmon Creek trail. Yep, mountain biking mountain biking Sports medicine A sport in which participants use specialized bicycles to navigate rough, steep trails covered with unforgiving rocks Injury risk Concussions, fractures, death. See Extreme sport, Novelty seeking behavior. . Riding bikes on trails.
A lot of us have ridden our bikes on the dirt and stuff, but most of us never rode our bikes out on a trail.
But I guess you could have probably figured that out just by looking at us, 'cause the guys who were taking us out there, like, man, they had special shoes and special coats and special pants and cool bikes.
Us, man, we were in our blue jeans blue jeans also blue·jeans
Clothes, especially pants, made of blue denim.
blue jeans npl → tejanos mpl; vaqueros mpl
and leather jackets (Zool.) A California carangoid fish (Oligoplites saurus).
A trigger fish (Balistes Carolinensis).
See also: Leather Leather and tennis shoes tennis shoes npl → zapatillas fpl de tenis
tennis shoes npl → (chaussures fpl de) tennis mpl
tennis shoes tennis . I mean, if you looked at us, it was kinda Adv. 1. kinda - to some (great or small) extent; "it was rather cold"; "the party was rather nice"; "the knife is rather dull"; "I rather regret that I cannot attend"; "He's rather good at playing the cello"; "he is kind of shy"
kind of, sort of, rather obvious what was going down. But it was still pretty cool.
We rode a little along the creek and then, whoa, we went screaming down this hill that was all gravel, and at the bottom you had to make a quick turn, and you fly over this wooden bridge over the creek. It was nuts, man, really. Soooo coool.
Then we kept riding and riding and riding through the woods. We had to stop and carry our bikes over this huge tree that fell across the trail, and when we stopped once right by the creek, there were these parts of a dead deer right there.
When the first guys rode up, there were crows eating it. The head, man, the deer head was right down by the creek. And when we flipped it over with a stick, there was no brain in the skull. None!
Man, that was really cool. Then we rode to this campground, right by some waterfalls This is a list of worldwide waterfalls. Africa
Then we walked down right by the waterfalls. Really cool. We rode back, and got a tour of the fish hatchery hatchery
a commercial establishment dedicated to the hatching of bird eggs to provide day old chicks and poults to the poultry industry.
the contents of unfertilized eggs. Used in petfood manufacture. up there, seeing full-grown trout and these huge sturgeon sturgeon, primitive fish of the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Unlike evolutionarily advanced fishes, it has a fine-grained hide, with very reduced scalation, a mostly cartilaginous skeleton, upturned tail fins, and a mouth set well back on the that we got to throw food to, watching them flip around and chow down.
Then we saw these trays just filled with salmon eggs, each tray from one female, something like 4,000 eggs from each one. Then one guy said, well, that's about it, and I was like, man, I wish it wasn't over yet.
We packed the bikes back up, and on the drive back to Eugene we had to fill out a survey 'cause this was the first Trips for Kids in Eugene. I checked out all the papers, and everyone said the same thing.
John Rezell, aka, Raz, can be reached at EugeneMeRaz@mac.com. Learn more about Trips for Kids and see the group's slideshow and video at: www.catoregon.org/trips4kids.htm