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Four Wheeling! 
I have a small Yamaha 200 four wheeler that is so old that Dad has added a steering dampener so my tremors donít affect the steering easily. I even give my dog Duke a ride sometimes. Mostly I take the dog running when my Mom canít bike or XC ski. Iíve gotten it sideways on icy roads without flipping it but Iím not supposed to. Thatís called drifting. Iíve even flipped it a few times but my parents donít like drifting and flipping.

I ride the four wheeler while they mountain bike. We went to Moab Thanksgiving 2007 with our foreign exchange student, Mateo, who is my age. We did trails and slickrock. Arches National Park was neat but I had to use my scooter and it was tough getting around with all the steps in the trails.

For more pictures on our Moab ATV tour, click here!

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Snowbiking 
I used to stand ski on black diamond runs until I was 10. At age 11, I moved to blue and green runs as my balance degenerated. But now Iím back on a snowbike! The winter of 2007-2008 I learned with National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park CO and then spent a week with the Shining Stars Foundation of Tabernash, CO and Challenge Aspen biking at Aspen Buttermilk.

Snowbiking is much like mountain biking but you have little skis on your feet. You can hockey stop and slide stop.

To view some of my pictures of snowbiking in Aspen, Colorado click here!

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Snowmobiling in Yellowstone 
Snowmobiling is my favorite activity. The handlebars are barely affected by my tremors. I have an Arctic Cat Panther 440 Snowmobile that I can dig out if I get stuck. I use the snowmobile while Mom and Dad cross country ski and our dog Duke runs. I even volunteer to pull a groomer on the Fraser-to-Granby Trail. We really need a roller. We also have a neat sled run at the house and someone brings down the snowmobile so I can sled down and drive back up myself. Sometimes we have sledding parties and I drag my friends around the meadow.

West Yellowstone has miles of snowmobile trails and we rode everyday New Year week 2007-2008 with Mateo exploring the trails. One day we toured into Yellowstone National Park and saw buffaloes, geese, and Old Faithful. Those buffalo are big when they walk down the road right beside you on your snowmobile.

For more pictures on our snowmobile trip in Yellowstone click here!

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