For some (many), Spring Break means Florida, beaches, bikinis, and beer, and not necessarily in that order. And, yeah, once upon a time, I might have thought of those things, too. But in the interim years, before Sk8terdude and OlderBrother are old enough to appreciate that particular vacation fantasy, Spring break for us translates a little differently.
So while OlderBrother heads to the Baseball Hall of Fame with Skaterdad, I'm back in New Jersey for a mini-road trip to Shields Skatepark and GardenSk8, with a quick visit to Sk8tergrandma thrown in for good measure (and good karma).
You may recall our last visit to the Garden State was a little chilly... I'm happy to report that it is a beautifully warm 76°F outside and a comfortable temperature inside Shields, where I am not so comfortably seated on one of those metal folding chairs I complained about last time. But I digress...
It's a great day to be at Shields if, like Sk8terdude, you want to work on some new tricks. Since it is NOT Spring Break in New Jersey, the skatepark was virtually empty when we arrived for the 2 p.m. opening and, three hours later, there are still only a handful of boys inside - mostly on scooters. A few minutes ago, Sk8terdude asked me if I would film him.
It took me three tries to get the iPhone video to work properly (don't ask) and then it took him three tries to successfully land the wall push. But land it he did. A lesson for both of us to always "try, try again."