So today, we loaded up the car with bikes, lunch, snacks, towels, and swim suits, and headed out for adventure. We first biked the Banks-Vernonia trail from the Manning trailhead to the frog pond in Stub Stewart - about 13 miles round trip, uphill all the way out. I was so proud of Liesl for making it all on her own, and so happy she has her new bike with gears to help her out. We picnicked and then coasted all the way back to our car.
This bridge is a recent addition to the existing trail system in the Tillamook Forest. On the one hand, I'm happy to see our trails being maintained and improved. But it was something of a shock to all of us to see a big manmade structure in the middle of what we thought of as our family wilderness swimming hole. We quickly turned downstream, away from it.