i rode at lake crabtree recently and just like most other trail networks in town, the simplicity of the trails there have urged local riders to create man-made obstacles to make the trails more “interesting” (or some would argue that “challenging” or “life-threatening” may be better adjectives). apparently, the novelty of the standard log pyramid is wearing off and riders are now going above and beyond to test their technical skills and not to mention their construction skills. one of the obstacles i found here was a solidly built wooden teeter-totter. looking it over, the end that was off the ground was nearly level with my head…yikes. determined not to be the chicken of the group, i courageously took my turn. i slowly approached reassuring myself that the laws of physics wouldn’t fail me but i was actually more comforted by my standard motivational quote: don’t think, just do it. i was overcome with fear and exhiliration after successfully riding over it. then i had a grand thought, ill build my own teeter-totter in my backyard!