So, yesterday, I mentioned that Isaac and I got Christmas presents that were bruise-causing. Awhile back, Isaac mentioned that he wanted to try skateboarding. A friend of mine is big into skateboarding so I consulted with him to find good starter skateboards and pads for Isaac and me. My friend skates with his sons and has a lot of fun. I figured that as Isaac and I age and we have our times where we don’t see eye-to-eye, we’ll need something to do to burn off some energy.
So, Isaac and I got set up with new equipment and headed to Cookskin Park’s skate area. It was 75 or so degrees and really beautiful so there were a number of people there to watch the noobs try not to break bones.
Everything started off pretty well. I got a somewhat effective set of sea-legs and was able to handle most of the ramps (read: I could skate down them without falling….no tricks of course). Isaac had a smarter approach. I asked him if he wanted to try a ramp. He said, “Dad, you know I am not a risk taker!” He tooled around on the flat surfaces learning to coast and balance…bright kid. Abigail surprised me though and grabbed her scooter and followed me on all of the ramps. Anyhow, I was starting to feel like quite the skater so I started talking with one of the teens there and he suggested a
different way of getting on the board to ride down the ramps. I had made 30 or so runs with no problem. Atop the highest ramp I had skated, I decided to try the new method.
Skating Lesson 1: Never take skating advice from a teenager.
Skating Lesson 2: Never ever try a new trick on the highest ramp around.
Skating Lesson 3: Always wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards…absolutely no one else in the park had any safety equipment. Mind you, this safety equipment is partly for show as you will still get an awesome bruise…but you’ll look good when you hit the deck from 5 feet in the air!
Abigail was the only girl at the park which I thought would intimidate her. She was also the youngest. My fearless daughter was awesome though. She cruised around like an old pro! I think that scares me…a lot!
We surely had a lot of fun and I even earned this trophy! It’s actually much larger than it looks but I don’t think you could handle if I showed any more leg! It’s already turning a wonderful shade of yellow on the edges…sort of like a bag of Skittles exploded and tattooed my leg!