A few weeks ago we took the family on a city bike ride sponsored by The Rotary and our local airport to raise funds for the USO.
Camp Atterbury is not far from us - thousands of soldiers come through before beginning a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The boys' school and various groups in town do a number of projects to support the USO there.
This 14 mile bike ride was also a scavenger hunt and the funds raised went to furnish a new recreation center at Camp Atterbury.
It was a really foggy morning and excuse all the iPhone photos.
We really rock the helmets, don't we?
The 14 mile bike ride included 15 stops where we got the opportunity to learn about the USO, Camp Atterbury, and the people there. Here we are asking the director of the Indiana USO a couple of our first questions.
The bike ride kicked off with some presentations and the presenting of colors.
And then we were off. We rode all through town on our bike trail system.
One stop was sponsored by our hospital's Healthy Communities initiative.
The boys nailed the questions (they are drilled on this stuff at school) and then we all had to do something active before we could head to the next stop. Here's Brennan hula-hooping.
We stopped at our Farmer's Market to sign a large banner that supports the troops.
Thomas took the opportunity to rest his weary bones in a vacant chair.
The ride/scavenger hunt was a lot of fun.
But even more exciting was the phone call to Thomas letting him know his scavenger hunt form was drawn and he won a free flight around town with two of his friends!
"I've never won anything in my life!"
Nate, Neil, and Thomas got to fly around town with pilot Chris this past Saturday.
This is Thomas's second flight around town this summer and he was really excited about it.
Thomas got to sit shot-gun and took the camera to capture the fun.
What a treat - they really had a fun time and Thomas now gets to add another ride to his Young Eagles log!