Adventuring with a Thule Chariot July 08 2014, 0 Comments
Becky Douglas Delp is a Chariot* owner. She's an adventurer, a mother of three, and the owner of Heritage Timber with her husband Gary. Here's her tale about a few of her adventures! (*Becky has owned her stroller before the two outstanding companies Chariot and Thule partnered to bring you the Chariot Strollers).
How long have you owned your Chariot?
We bought a double chariot when Mathias was a few months old, so four plus years. We love them so much that we bought one for our shack in Potomac, too.
Why did you choose Chariot and what is your favorite thing about the stroller?
We chose Chariot because we heard it was the best. I already had a few strollers and wanted to pare down on equipment. A lot of products tout that they can convert into this that and the other thing. But you never really do it. With the Chariot, I use every attachment, including the stroller, jogger, bicycle and ski options, often. And I use the Chariot at least five days a week, all year round. I appreciate the five pockets with plenty of stow space, the waterproof options, how easily it folds and fits in my car (and I am lazy on this front, and I don’t mind folding it!), and the shocks. My favorite thing is that I can bike with the kids and if one of them falls asleep I do not have to wake them up to go in a store. I just toss on the stroller wheals and squeak through the door.
I have all the attachments except for the cross-country hiking, though we have definitely pushed it off road many a time. I use them all often, converting the kids “nest” (AKA the Chariot) into whatever mode will take us where we want to go. It was definitely our biggest kid investment, and the best one, too.
You posted a cute story about commuting via bike/Chariot to preschool with your son Mathias. As a community, how do you think we can inspire more people to follow in your footsteps?
I think that empowering others is the key to inspiring them to action. Not only empowering people that they can do something, but that it matters that they do it – that they actually count. It is hard not to feel like a little ant sometimes, and really, we kind of are. I think a lot of us subtly feel that the problems of the world are so overwhelming that we cannot make a difference. Maybe the goal could be to make a difference in our own lives at the same time. We just need better metrics for what a good life is – a joy metric perhaps (Go Bhutan). I am inspired by people who do something with joy, or at least without complaining! Honestly, I think making something look good, and hip, is a big bonus. That is biking in Portland, where I spent six years after college. That is where I fall flat on my face. I don’t dress or look the part! There are a bunch of great groups out there right now, of which I am not a part of, including https://www.facebook.com/WomenBikeMissoula and http://montanamountainmamas.org to name a few. To sum it up, try to find what you love and do it. Then, make a connection back to that which enables us all to be here in the flesh – the planet - and connect what you love to it. That will inspire those around you.
What other adventures do you, the kids and your Chariot go on?
The adventures are almost daily as any outing with my rambunctious three is an experience. In the winter, we ski with them in the Chariot on lots of day trips. Two years ago we did a 12 mile ski in to a forest service cabin. This year we cut it down to a two mile ski in with all three. I walk a lot of places with the Chariot, with our home close to downtown, and use it for napping, too. The Chariot is my go-to trailer, too and enables me to run errands, visit friends, and take the kids to preschool. The Chariot is sometimes the only exercise I get, and the kids to get fresh air. Some of my favorite jaunts include biking them to go ice skating a month ago, overnight camping from our house into the Rattlesnake Wilderness when Callie was four months old, and training for the Going-to-The Sun Climate Challenge by bicycling back from the Big Sky Science Circus. The Chariot is my liberator.
In June, Becky, Gary and their three kids Mathias, Calliope, and Bryson biked the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park to show their commitment to taking action to address climate change, raising over $3,000! The adventure included pulling 90 pounds of kids up and over 3000 feet, taking 8 hours to climb up and 1.5 to coast down. Here's more!
In just a few words, how would you describe the ride?
Gorgeous, Treadmill-like, open, invigorating, tedious, slow and fast!
What kept you motivated leading up to and during the Going-To-The-Sun bike ride?
We were motivated for the ride by three things. The first is that I wanted to reach my goal of raising $3000 for ClimateRide.org and the only way to seal the deal and honor our donors, was to ride on. Second, I am very concerned about Climate Change and the ride was a great way to feel like I am being an active part of addressing the issue - with three little kids and running a business, feeling part of the solution to the world’s problems can be elusive as I am swamped with my own little fires. The third is that I love my husband, non-motorized transportation, and the outdoors, and I looked forward to spending the whole day out in the mountains, a rare treat for us these days.
It was so amazing to read that Mathias and Callie biked five miles! What kind of outlook on the environment and adventure are you raising them with?
When Gary and I first had Mathias, it was deep in the heart of winter. We used to ski with him inside our jacket. We often wondered what we would do if our kids did not like the outdoors. Ha! Now we can’t get the three of them inside at night, and dirt rings their toes and hands. We aim to raise the kids by absorbing them into our lifestyle. What that means for them is that their parents like to bike and walk whenever they can, eat meat they hunted or raised (they are playing with our baby chickens in the play-structure as I write this note), hang their laundry when we are not lazy, pick food from the garden (I have beats growing in the path as they help me to plant the garden, too), and they are growing up amidst 450,000 board feet of recycled wood with our business Heritage Timber (we dismantle old buildings and sell the reclaimed materials). We speak honestly about the impact we have on the planet. It is a messy (literally), bumpy, dirty, chaotic, and very full and happy life. P.S. I love push bikes for kids, they empower kids to get on their bikes early and competently.
A big thanks to Becky for her lovely, honest and adventurous answers to all of our questions. Adventure on!
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