Sunday, July 14, 2013

Alex's Mountain Bike Route / Movie Night



Movie Clip:  The Thirteenth Warrior

This was Alex's first movie on our newly established movie night.

On Saturdays...
Alex does all of his studies...
we then leave for our Mountain Bike long ride.

We then stop at a cafe on the way back to enjoy a meal...
go home to take a nice hot shower...
and then... it is movie night.

I pick out movies which demonstrate particular 
lessons, principles, or morals in which I wish Alex to learn well
(our empathy movie night will be another night).

Alex rarely watches movies...
however, there are so many good lessons to learn from so many of them.

And, so...
movie night.

First...
some pictures of our newly established mountain biking route.


We picked a new spot at Stampede Reservoir to try.

If you noticed...
Alex wasn't wearing his bike helmet in these first few pictures.
Neither of us had noticed until we went up the trail a little bit.




We turned around and got his helmet...
and we went back to our first Stampede Reservoir route.


We decided to try the first route as we hadn't fully explored it the first time.



We took another fork...


and ended up looking at a path which led down to the reservoir.


We took another path in the other direction...
which eventually intersected our old route.

In the above picture...
Alex learned that not all rocks in the road are stable.
One of the rocks he had ridden over merely flipped over...
and he ended up having to pick up his bike...
and continue on.

This time...
we followed it till it ended at a gravel road which was used for four wheelers
(which rarely go along this road).


It was a fairly long incline...
so we stopped for some water.



 We ended up at another trail intersection...
Emigrant's Trail...
which goes from Stampede Reservoir to Lake Tahoe.

We merely used it to go back to Stampede Reservoir.




We then took another downhill trail...
which connected to a dirt road...
and which eventually led us back to the minivan...
while giving us a nice view of the reservoir.


We are packed up and ready to go eat at our Saturday cafe.

We had spent a good hour and a half biking...
and had established a good circular route to use in the future
for our Saturday long rides.

After having researched more...
I decided against using Donner Lake because the bike trails use
the automobile roads on some portions of the ride...
or they are still too advanced for Alex.


This is a picture of Boca Reservoir on our way back.

It is now full.
The place where we had earlier fished is now underwater.


We are now just a couple of minutes from the highway...
and but 15 minutes from our dinner.


Alex picked the grilled salmon.


We then shared a Hot Fudge Sundae.  


This was a true Hot Fudge Sundae...
not chocolate sauce...
real hot fudge.

It was so good after our bike ride.


We then went home (15 minutes away)...
showered...
and then settled in to watch the first movie of our Saturday...
Mountain Bike Long Ride / Eat Out / Movie night.

I had chosen this one because it is a movie 
of good against evil.

It demonstrated...
 perseverance...
courage...
honor...
friendship...
of the willingness to risk all
for a higher good.

I would sometimes pause the movie to ask
Alex his thoughts or observations at certain key points in the movie.

Our next three movies are going to be:

Rocky I...
Rocky II...
and Rocky III.

 And in Que are:
The First Knight...
King Arthur...
among others...
and we will probably start in on some
great Samurai movies...
along with the Zatoichi series.

Until school starts...
I think I will make Sundays...
our Empathy movie night
(Japanese and Korean Drama night...
just one segment at a time).

Tomorrow...
I will conclude Alex's advanced weight training articles
with the toughest weight day...

Weighted Incline Sit-Ups...
Squats...
Deadlifts...
Pull-Ups.

I will then write a separate article on his swimming earlier in the day
(he will go off the diving board for the first time)...
and of our Empathy movie night.




2 comments:

  1. Looks like you will be getting a good workout biking regularly with Alex. That looks like a good course.

    I'm sure you will enjoy your movie nights. It's a nice family activity. We have been doing them for over a couple years now, and have run thin of movies for young kids, and Kai still is probably too young for movies like Rocky. Alex, though, is old enough to appreciate a lot of great films.

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  2. It is a really great course. Alex really enjoys the views and exercising. He also knows that he is getting experience for Mammoth Mountain.

    Movie night is going well. Oddly, I asked if Alex would like to eat popcorn during the movie. I had never realized it before...Alex doesn't like popcorn so much (although we rarely eat it ourselves).

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