- Tristan Von Duntz
- Sarah pulls Elise in a bike trailer along the Island Line Trail at sunset
On a recent summer evening, Tristan and I pulled into Airport Park. We loaded Elise into her bike trailer, which was attached to my bike, and headed north on the path. The park was bustling with kids and families playing baseball, having picnics, and playing on a well-equipped playground. As we pedaled north, we met people going in both directions. Some were serious cyclists zooming along at top speed, while others were more casual riders, like a young couple on a date and several fishermen biking with their poles sticking out behind them.
We pedaled through a suburban neighborhood, then a lakeside community, and finally onto the causeway, which is a built-up path that runs on a flat, repurposed railroad bed into the middle of the lake. The path has water on both sides, and we noticed wildflowers tucked in among the rocks lining the trail and big, beautiful trees clinging to small patches of ground. Birds flitted all around us as we rode by.
- Sarah Galbraith
- Elise watches and waves from her dad's lap as boats go by at the end of the causeway.
As we watched the sun dip below one of the tall peaks in the Adirondacks, we oriented Elise in her trailer so that she could see, too. She held on to the ear of her stuffed bunny as she watched her first waterside sunset. I took the moment to feel centered and peaceful and Tristan, the photographer among us, took as many photos as he could squeeze in before the last light disappeared. It was a beautiful family moment.
We headed back and arrived at our car at twilight. We loaded a sleeping Elise into the car and decided to head to The Skinny Pancake on the Burlington Waterfront for a late dinner. We topped off our night with live music, sweet potato fries and crepes while a now-awake Elise banged her hands on the table. It was a trip we'd highly recommend to any cycling family!