The Mountain Bike Life
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.  Luther Burbank, American botanist, 1849 – 1926

Modern day studies have proven what Luther knew instinctively in his day: flowers make people happy. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, young or old, rich or poor – flowers will make you smile, elicit ‘oohs and aahs’ and just make your day more enjoyable. It’s no different for us mountain bikers. With our riding mostly concentrated in the flower-rich months of the year, I would bet flowers have caused many of you to stop and enjoy a happy moment. 

Shulaps Traverse, South Chilcotins (photo by Dale N)

Flowers are like fashion accessories for our biking photos, adding a pop of colour to our standard uniform’ of brown and green.

Indian Paintbrush, South Chilcotins 

What is temporarily a dead landscape is brought to life by the power of flowers.

Fireweed, Anaheim Lake, BC (photo by CraigH)

Like a rainbow that has fallen and shattered in to a million pieces, alpine flowers provide us with some of our happiest moments when the timing is right.

Keystone Standard Basin, Revelstoke, BC (photo by CraigH)

Yellow flowers are like the sunshine’s on-the-ground army, bringing warmth and happiness to those they surround (dandelions are the exception).

Balsam root, South Chilcotins

It doesn’t necessarily take hundreds of flowers to feel happy; even one flower can bring joy to an otherwise drab and lonely landscape.

Moab (photo by Steve S)

Happiness can come in any colour and number but it’s always better when shared.

Mt St Helen’s, WA (photo by Kirk H)

Luther would be pleased to know that 85 years later us modern day folks still find happiness in flowers. So get out and enjoy some bloomin’ good times on the trail this year!

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