|My Keen Hiking Boots took me HERE.|
Keen Canada has a new initiative right now called "Follow Your Feet - Make a Difference." The idea is that if you follow your feet, live out your passions, and chase your dreams, you can make a difference in the lives of others. By choosing to do what makes you happy, you will seek to influence others in the same way to spread the happiness.
|Blissfully Happy - Who Wants to Follow Me?|
I love paddling, climbing, hiking and camping but it's a new sport that's actually taken the lead for me over the past year. I bought my first bike two summers ago after not riding since high school. It was a cheap $100 Kijiji special, weighed a ton, and didn't exactly perform well on hills. But, I loved that bike and have only just sold it this spring for a real mountain bike that will hopefully take me where I want to go this summer.
|Riding with my son in Kelowna last summer|
I bought my first adult bike and decided to give the sport a try after realizing my son had an all consuming passion for riding! I could tell it was his ultimate summer passion for outdoor sports and I wanted to be able to enjoy it with him. Now we’d both choose biking as our favourite activity. (with stand up paddleboarding a very close second for me.)
|Biking in Radium Hotsprings last September|
I followed my feet and ultimately my son's feet to find a new passion. Since then, I've gone on to motivate and raise up a new generation of junior bikers in my city. I've formed a Junior Biker Gang and I plan group rides at least once or twice a month from spring through fall. It's based out of the Calgary Outdoor Playgroups community that I founded two years ago now and all of the riders are between the ages of 2 and 6. Last year the large majority of kids were on balance bikes but I expect them to be ripping around on their pedal bikes this year.
|Members of my Junior Biker Gang in Kananaskis last Spring|
I wrote a series on my blog last spring called Kids on Wheels and in this series I covered everything from forming your own Junior Biker Gang to choosing a good bike, making bike riding fun for kids, and an introduction to bike hiking (a new sport I "created" by bringing balance bikes on hiking trails.)
|Bike Hiking in Kananaskis last Spring|
For more information on Keen Canada's new initiative and to read stories from other Keen Ambassadors, click here on Follow Your Feet - Make a Difference.
For more information on my Junior Biker Gang or Calgary Outdoor Playgroups, visit the tab at the top of my blog or find us on Facebook.
|First Group Ride this Year in Confederation Park|