ATV fun; side blog…!

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ custom_padding=”6px|0px|54px|0px”][et_pb_row custom_padding=”27px|0px|3px|0px” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.105″]Marcus is here! Hip hip hooray!

Marcus, aka “the boy”, is our 26yr old son who is currrently living in the UK with his girlfriend Charly.
They arrived a week ago and we’ve just been enjoying our time together, relaxing, catching up and doing some fun things.

One of the things he used to love when he lived here was a day out, thrashing around Croom ATV park on our four-wheelers. So yesterday we loaded up the trailer and headed out. It was a good excuse to try out the new (to us) Polaris Sportsman we part ex’d the old ATVs for last month!
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Croom ATV Park is a 40 min. drive north of Tampa on the I-75 and easily accessed off of exit 301.

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Leaving ahead of us gave them about an hour to unload, head out into the trails and burn off some testerone doing all the crazy man-type stuff that just wasn’t going to happen when the girls got up there and were ready to ride! Not that the girls are sissys and can’t take the riding but it was Charlys’ first time ATVing and we didn’t want to scare her off forever!
We arrived just as they were riding back into the parking area from their first ride out ~ big cheesy grins all over their faces!
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After a quick snack on some fried chicken, the boys were ready to head out again so Beth and Charly got kitted up and ready to roll.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12e4-1.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ max_width=”71%” module_alignment=”right”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12e3-3.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12e7.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ max_width=”88%” module_alignment=”left”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.105″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.105″]Oh, I nearly forgot! While the girls were dressing, Iain took the smaller ATV to run around the training area and relived his infamous Tennessee trail bike incident, by getting stuck in the mud! Croom is basically a sandy park and we’ve had NO rain in Florida for weeks, but he managed to find possibly the only spot in the immediate vicinity, to get his sweet self stuck. He had to rely on one of his kids to get him out of the mess he’d gotten himself into (again!)

Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?!
[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12d4.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV Park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ max_width=”80%” module_alignment=”center”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.105″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_video src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/hZ8o2iWQy2oy09z3OumYA.mov” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ max_width=”89%”][/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”11px|0px|12px|0px” _builder_version=”3.0.106″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.106″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″]After some posing and clowning aorund, it was time for everyone to load up and set out.
I tried to get a pic of all three together, but Iain was so excited he shot off before I had the chance!!
So now it was my favorite bit…just me, relaxing in the sun and reading my book. With maybe a little dozing fitted in too 😉
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For those of you who know the Boy and his driving history, you can see why I would hesitate to be on the back of any moving vehicle with him!
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For those of you who know the Boy and his driving history, you can understand why I would hesitate to be on the back of any moving vehicle with him!
[/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″]Marcus did some crazy riding ~just enjoying being back out there!
Yes, I know…he really should be wearing a helmet and  some body protection.
[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12c4.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ max_width=”92%” module_alignment=”center”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.0.106″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”http://bikeshikesandwaterfalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/fullsizeoutput_12b0.jpeg” alt=”Quad biking at Croom ATV park” title_text=”Quad biking at Croom ATV park” _builder_version=”3.0.106″][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.106″]However…she didn’t look so impressed when they pulled back in later ~having found every single small spot of mud out there 🙂
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Croom is situated over 2,600 acres and boasts 40miles of sandy trails. There are several parking areas, from where you can head out to enjoy the trails which wind through forest of Longleaf Pine and Cypress.
We always settle at a space with a large covered picnic area as we always bring along lunch; yes, even after the fried chicken snack they were hungry!
Once I was done being a good mother and had fed and watered the troops, I decided that they’d disturbed my peace for long enough and it was time for them all scoot off again!
Here’s some more pics from the rest of our day 🙂

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All in all, it was great to be back out with the family again and the bonus was that everyone got home intact with no injuries, bumps or bruises ~ hurrah!

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