2 days and counting

it started today, the pre-vacation house cleaning and tidying. i really hate leaving a messy house, and i hate coming home to the same messy house even more. so there is the list, on the kitchen table, of items to clean, toys to put away, grass to mow, and things that most likely won’t get done.

it is Thursday night, and usually by now i have packed two or three times; each time is an exercise in taking only what is necessary – pack light pack right, and all my gear should be sitting by the front door. with kids it is a totally different story. we have a pile of random items piled on our spare room’s bed. nothing is packed and the pile is getting bigger and bigger. today, another baby carrier was added to the pile. at least it wasn’t a double stroller you see strapped to tops of overloaded minivans heading for the jersey shore. who knew that such small humans need so much stuff? diapers, car seats, blankets, toys, baby carriers, and most importantly multiple outfits for each day. fortunately, our kids don’t mind getting dirty, which we don’t mind, but when it comes to traveling, extras of everything is packed. if there is a mud puddle with in 100 feet, our kids won’t just be jumping in it, they’ll be sitting in it and splashing each other. our kids get so dirty that we plan on installing an outdoor shower this summer so we can wash them off before coming inside for their nightly bath. honestly, we are a little proud of our kid’s dirt magnetism. it should make for awesome future dirtbag climbing trips.
anyway i hope to pack lighter than ever before, because i know i will inevitably be carrying most of the luggage and gear and at least one child through the airport.

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. gene says:

    Hope you all are having a good time. Lets see some more of your adventure.