1 day and counting – just realized its 4 hours and counting

it is midnight and we are 98% packed. the count is as follows – 3 large backpacks, 1 suit case, 1 crashpad, 2 kid carrying backpacks, 1 camera case, 2 nautilus car seats (air plane certified), and 2 carry-ons. since we purchased 4 tickets, i think southwest still allows 2 bags per person, so we should be ok. or it is going to be one expensive gate check?

so tomorrow we’ll get off the plane, meet laura’s friend lucas, and pickup the RV. i don’t think lucas has any idea how much stuff we need to fit into his vehicle and then drive 20 minutes to the RV rental facility. i think the biggest challenge of the day is going to be driving the RV in LA traffic and then trying to park it on the sunset strip. yeah, lucas lives 1 block of the sunset strip. maybe we’ll stash the RV at walmart, or not. we still need to find a place to park it for the night to sleep.
well it is going to be an early morning. we hope to leave around 4:45 and drive to BWI. hopefully the kids will stay asleep and the ride will be uneventful – i doubt it. the old man, my dad, is our chauffeur which will save us about $150 in parking fees. thanks dad, you rock.

New River Gorge with Kids

New River Gorge Climbing Trip We finally made our way back to the New River Gorge in West Virginia for a weekend of climbing.  It has been years (pre kids) since we had been to this area as it seemed to be a bit less kid friendly than other areas that we had been to.  Our ClimbingWeather.com app was showing predictions of snow on Friday night - and it wasn't far off.  The drive took us eons, especially in the Appalachians with the travel trailer.  We … [Read More...]

Hiking in a Creek

Have you ever started out on a day hike with children only to have it turn into something completely different that what you planned?  Ha. Of course you have. Many of our adventures start out as one thing ("I want to climb X route" or "sleep at X campground". . . "I want to relax in a tube on the water", or "I want to sleep in the sand") and end up as something completely different ("The route had a group staked out on it for the day" or "I couldn't … [Read More...]

Climbing Gym Etiquette With Kids

Tips for taking kids to the climbing gym. There are few things more troublesome than going to a new place and not knowing the spoken and unspoken rules.  Add to the uncertainty the presence of children, and it can be quite intimidating to enter into unknown territory.   For those new to indoor climbing and/or new to indoor climbing with kids, here are a few tips for bringing your kids to the gym. Those that know me will laugh at the irony. . . My … [Read More...]

Stand Up Paddleboarding

The best rock climbing areas tend to be located in or near wilderness, national parks, mountains, and forests.  There are exceptions, of course!  Still, when we took a family trip to the jersey shore this summer, there was no rock to be found.  As usual, my husband and I sought out something both "active" and "family friendly" to try with the kids. Surfing, Kite Surfing, Kayaking Ryan has wanted to try surfing for years, but that's a solo endeavor, as … [Read More...]

The Mount Rushmore Dilemma

Visiting Mount Rushmore with Kids Our summer trip to Wyoming and South Dakota was amazing.  We combined climbing with family time, history, geography, science and more.  When we planned the trip, climbing was the main focus, but hitting some of the National Parks and National Monuments were also a must.  Mount Rushmore is one of those locations that combines both.  There are amazing climbing opportunities in the shadow of the National Monument.  There are … [Read More...]

About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.


  1. schantal says:

    What is all this text? No entiendo ingles….hahaha…. We want pics!!!Sounds like a fun start to the adventure!

  2. ryan says:

    Schantal, no hablo espanol. unas buenas vacaciones.(Laughing) Se está trabajando.

  3. ryan says:

    Schantal, no hablo espanol. unas buenas vacaciones.(Laughing) Se está trabajando.