Planada’s Huge Welcome …And, a Ride into the Mountains

The HAPT Team rolled into Houlihan Park in Planada yesterday morning to find over 100 parents, teachers, school administrators, and students ready to walk to Planada Elementary. The school even arranged to have the buses drop kids off for the event so that everyone could get exercise. The energy was high and kids were excited to have their picture taken with the  HAPT Team and their school mascot.

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Planada Elementary Students at Houlihan Park for Walk to School Event

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Whole families came out for the Walk to School Event!

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After a short walk to the school we led an assembly for several hundred students and -in partnership with the school and community members- gave away FIVE (!!) bikes. Planada’s community has so much going for them. Already they’ve made improvements – and we can’t wait to see what is in store!

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Principle Lopez gets the students ready for the Healthy Active Places Team.

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The ride from Planada to our campout at Indian Flat Campground was beautiful, hot, hilly, and wonderful. We rode through rolling hills of grasses and crept up arid foothills until we were riding through a sparse pine forest that peaked at town Midpines before a huge 7.5 mile descent that dropped down to the last winding 12 miles along the Merced River.

We’re halfway through the tour, and while we can’t wait to be home, we don’t want the experiences at schools to end.

-Tricia

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