Yay!  We’ve made our way to Bishop, CA  in the RV.  All kids, parents, food, clothing and gear have arrived with us.  Bishop is a small town with a number of campgrounds and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) options for parking the RV.   The first night was spent in a public campground without hook ups, the second with all the amenities – electricity, shower, laundry, and water.  My, how our standards have changed.
Darwin moment of the day. . .Ryan and I woke at 4 am (me in bed with a toasty C, Ryan in bed with a warm R).  We however, were freezing our a** off. We turned on the heat and then realized. . . Wait for it. . . .we could have had it on all night because we were PLUGGED IN.  Duh.
 Yesterday we checked out the Buttermilks – a climbing area with one big plus and one big minus. The plus – no long hike in (roll out of the RV and you’re at the climbing).  The minus was the three mile ride into the area on dirt roads with Grammy MacGyver (Ryan) driving.  Just kidding.  The road was super bumpy and the RV probably wouldn’t survive faster than the 5 miles an hour at which we traveled. The weather was extremely windy, with R chasing after his new crash pad. Check out the picture of R in the wind. He was not impressed. 
Today was spent at the Happy Boulders.  The kids were great – we bought sand toys for their entertainment.  The weather was warm and there were no flying crash pads.  The hike in to the Happies was a lot more intense than the previous day.  Carrying two kids, two crash pads, lunch for four, water for four, and climbing shoes/chalk, we hiked uphill to the climbing area.  It wasn’t so bad, just not as nice as rolling to the boulders.  Needless to say, we’re spending tomorrow at the Buttermilks.

By the way. . . we’re THAT couple.   You know, the one that people either say (a) “I want to do that when I have kids?” or (b) “Why would you bring kids out here – and what are those old people doing climbing, anyway  Still, we’re okay with that, though there are moments when we wish we had appreciated the relaxing nature of climbing when kids weren’t included.  Take note, Schantal. 

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. Pam says:

    Glad you arrived with everyone/everything in tact!! Ryan, nice to see you let Grammy MacGuyver have a turn driving. Love the family picture.. The mountains are beautiful.

  2. hi laura ryan and kiddies! im sitting with memom and poppop – we showed them the pictures. everyone loves the blog! we all miss you! have fun!! xoxoxo

  3. Gailbird says:

    As long as you are having fun don't care what those other folks say! Got your message – Sherman doesn't miss you at all:) I'm spoiling him as usual! Will try to call you soon – Doris is doing OK getting some rehab at St. Anne's.