What’s Lurking On The Winding Road

Going on a ride through the winding roads? Motorcycle rides through a forest road or a country lane are one of the best things about life. Hearing the rustle of the leaves as you rush by, the sound of your machine echoing among the bark, and the amazing views you wish everyone could see. These are just some of the things you look forward to when putting on your helmet. Unfortunately, it’s not always going to end with sunshine and roses. The winding road has some secrets that you ought to know about so you don’t get caught off guard.

Piles of leaves

Those leaves on the road make your journey look prettier than it would be otherwise. However, they can act as a lining between your tires and the road. It can feel like you’re riding almost on ice when it’s been raining and the road is covered in leaves. So what you can do is try to weave a little, while staying in your lane, to avoid leaves that seem to have grouped together. They might be laying on top of a puddle or perhaps they have just accumulated other due to the tire patterns left by cars. And most of all, slow down and have your fingers waiting on the brakes.

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Nighttime curse

Riding in the evening or a night is particularly sketchy when you don’t know what to watch out for. You have to realize that drivers might not be able to see you even when you have your headlight on. When riding through the winding road, your one headlight won’t be able to send light around corners and thus, drivers may only see you when you have turned the corner. If you ever feel tense about taking a corner, feel free to flash your lights and use your horn to let an oncoming driver you’re coming.

Overtaking dangers

On winding roads, people suddenly turn into expert drivers. They become less patient and they have a dose of energy making them think they can overtake while taking a long turn. This can result in horrible consequences for you as a rider. Winding roads open and then narrow suddenly without warning. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash due to a car cutting you off or nudging you on such a road, then you should fight for your right to be paid. You could have been killed, so a legal team will fight for your compensation money, and make sure you don’t lose revenue due to taking time off work.

Loose rocks

Winding roads often have loose bits of debris in the middle of the road. This is because they’re in the countryside, where the wind blows harder and the rain dislodges soil and rocks. So, always keep one eye on the road ready to swerve and avoid getting into a tailspin.

The winding road is perfect for motorcycle riders. It’s where you can test your skills, enjoy the sights and take time away from your work duties and chores at home. But always be on your guard, so you return home in one piece.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Great Hobbies that Involve the Great Outdoors

If you are looking to escape social media and spend some time outside of your digital world, then there’s never been an easier time for you to escape to nature. There are around 3 billion people on social media in this day and age, and that is around half of the population of the world. Information moves so fast, and now the average attention span is just 8 seconds. If you want to slow things down a bit, then this guide will help you to find out everything you need to know.

Hiking or Walking

Hiking is a brilliant way for you to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the day to day life you have. It is also a fantastic way for you to fight anxiety and even depression too. If you want to help yourself, then it would be wise for you to set goals so that you can measure your distance as well as achieving the markers that you set. This is the best way for you to boost your overall well-being as well as your fitness in general.

Fishing

Fishing is a very ancient activity, but at the end of the day, it really has persisted. We don’t need to hunt for our dinner anymore, but it’s a great way for you to connect with the great outdoors once more. Most people are taught how to fish by a family member, who learnt everything they know from the generation before. Spending time with your family is a great way for you to unwind, but, it’s also a great way for you to learn more about nature in general. If you want to learn how to fish, then there’s never been a better time for you to get started. This is a hobby that is also best when combined with camping.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a very fun activity, and it is a great way for you to make the most out of your tech in general. It even gives you the chance to categorise the world for the future. The great thing about geocaching is that it is done all around the world, and there are millions of things for you to find. If you want your rewards to be a bit more tangible than just the miles you have walked, then make sure that you give this a go.

Flying a Drone

Did you know that flying beginner drones is a great way for you to get outside as well? You can explore the environment around you, and you can also really benefit yourself. You can meet others who may have an interest in drone flying, and at times, it can be a good way for you to get some fantastic photos of your local landscape.

Foraging

You can learn all about the local flora in your area by foraging. You can also expand your local knowledge and enjoy the general bounty of nature, from berries to nuts, fruit and mushrooms. You will find that there’s tons of options out there, and you can carry this over to your cooking hobby too, if you have one.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

2020 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow!

It’s that time of year again! Time to start counting down until you lift the anchor for boating season to begin!!! What better way to start your countdown than at the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® !

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Many people that hear about this event think that it may be only about boats, that is far from the truth! Bring down the entire family and spend a day or two or three exploring all that the boat and sportshow has to offer! Play on the pirate ship, teach your kids some awesome fishing skills, indoor kayaking, and so much more. There will be plenty to keep those little eyes excited! Big engines, fast boats, and even get yourself a selfie with one of those yachts that you’ll own one day.

  • New! Career Day, Friday, Jan. 31, where students and job seekers can get career advice and hear about job openings from marine business professionals.
  • New! The Discover Boating Experience – The Hub for Boaters, featuring hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers to help educate and inspire boaters and dreamers alike. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more.
  • New! The Show Me Stage, where attendees can learn from fishing experts during free daily seminars and watch fishing and casting demonstrations.
  • Back by Popular Demand! Paddle Sports Pool, where attendees can get their feet wet checking out demos and testing a new Hobie or Jackson kayak. Seminars and open paddle times will be posted on-site.
  • The Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon, fully stocked fishing demo tank with seminars from pro anglers – a chance to see firsthand how fish react to various rods and bait.
  • Kids Archery Range, presented by The National Wild Turkey Foundation and St. Louis Longbeards, where kids can learn about outdoor safety and practice their archery and marksmanship skills at an archery range and BB gun range.
  • Upper Limits Rock Wall, where adventurous climbers can try their hand at an indoor climbing wall suited for all experience levels.
  • Pirate Island, where kids can climb aboard a pirate ship, sing pirate sea shanties, and skirmish with swords with Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a “high seas adventure.”
  • Willow Creek Trout Pond, where little ones can practice their angling skills for free and reel in live trout.

So grab the family and come on down and see what all the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® has for your family.

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Dates/Times:

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2-9 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 31, Noon-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Show Location: America’s Center & The Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101

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Top 5 Ways to Teach Kids about Bees

Bees are a valuable part of the ecosystem. Teaching kids about them eliminate their fear of bees and is also a way of conserving and protecting them given their already dwindling population. However, teaching kids is not a walk in the park due to their short attention spans. Here are 5 tips to help you educate kids about bees

1. Show Your Enthusiasm about Bees

Be enthusiastic when talking about bees, and try to share the most intriguing and fascinating facts about them to pique the kid’s interests. Tell them what fascinates you the most about bees and honey; be it the fact that they are the only insects that make food for humans, or that honey doesn’t expire. By being passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, the excitement can rub onto the children and make them eager to learn more about bees.

2. Incorporate Visual Aids When Teaching

Visual aids help kids get a clearer picture of what you are trying to explain. Incorporate photographs, videos, and slides when explaining to them about your subject. For example, you can have pictures of bees festooning, videos of them laying eggs or honey harvesting videos. This way, the kids get a better understanding through observation. While visual aids may help you organize your learning session, be mindful not to use too much of them. They may end up being a distraction rather than enhancing your teaching.

3. Use Tactile Aids

During your teaching session, bring in physical objects for demonstration purposes. These may include bee smokers, beehive model boxes, beekeeping suits, and even honey and honeycombs. Explain to them what they are, and let them touch and even use them after the lesson. Letting the kids interact with these objects during the class may make them lose their concentration. Hence, only allow them access to the objects after you are done teaching.

4. Questions and Games

A great way to engage with the kids and keep them active is by asking them questions and including fun activities like games into their learning sessions. This stimulates their imagination and keeps the learning session lively. You can decide to ask them general questions on bees or encourage them to share their experiences with bees.

Games give kids a break and help them retain what they have learned. Try a game like musical chairs where kids move around buzzing and when the music stops, they try to land on set “flowers”. Educational games like Queenspotting and The Story of Bees are also great ways for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

5. Go for Beehive Tours

Give the kids a real-life experience by taking them to for beehive tours and honey farm visits. These tours are an opportunity to watch bees in their natural setting and also learn about how honey is made. It is important to go for these tours after giving them a presentation on what they will find so that they know what to expect, and also ask informed questions while in the field. Always ensure that the kids are wearing beekeeping suits for protection before visiting the bees to avoid getting stung.

For successful teaching, always have a structure or plan of what you are going to talk about to avoid going off the topic. Since kids can become overly excited, make sure you are in control enough to keep them attentive for better learning. After the session, you can give them a taste of honey to reinforce the benefits of bees and also reward them for being attentive!