Laura’s Turn

Hmm.  Seems like Ryan has a hard life.  He has to carry everything.  Clean everything.  Pack everything.  Do everything.  I’m just a parasite traveling on his hard working coattails.

MacGyver (aka Ryan) is currently driving the RV as I write – leaving me to tell the tale from our arrival yesterday until now (Sunday afternoon).  Lucas picked us up from the airport in a Audi Q5 SUV, so our gear actually fit (though I was wedged in the backseat with a kid on each side).  We drove up to pick up the RV in San Fernando – the RV dealership was a bit ghetto but it saved us $500 so we aren’t complaining!  As for the RV, it’s a hit.  Lucas suggested that we park the RV overnight in Venice beach – with all of the hippies. . .Quite the adventure.  We parked only a few blocks off Venice Beach and found ourselves amidst 40 year old RVs decorated with peace signs and fluorescent graffiti.  Lucas then drove us to dinner in Santa Monica at a great Mexican restaurant called El Cholo.  Ryan and I were quite the country bumpkins when we pulled in and Lucas said, everywhere in LA has valet, even Fed ex. . . Seriously?
To bed by 9, then up at 5:30 am.  Played on the beach (pictures to follow) and then to breakfast.  Nap.  Then off to Bishop, CA – driving north, and stopping for our “stock up” on groceries etc.  Now we’re back on the road and MacGyver isn’t letting me drive.  Why?  “Is it because you don’t trust me?” Answer “No.”  Me: “No you don’t trust me, or no that isn’t it?”  MacGyver: “No comment.”

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 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. Gailbird says:

    Wish I was a mouse in that RV listening to all of this!!! Hugs to the kids – it's sure to get even more interesting:) Luv, Grammy

  2. love all posts thus far! ryan, as someone who was taught to drive by our very own laura, i probably agree with the "no comment" haha. cant wait to read more!!! :)

  3. ryan says:

    Danielle, Traitor. (Love)

  4. Diane says:

    Love the blog and the pics. I'm sure this will be a trip to remember. All that togetherness. Good job Ryan, driving. I feel a little better about that. (sorry Laura) You have to be loving being able to read and blog on the way. Love and noisy hugs to everyone. Sing along the way, I love you, MOM MOM

  5. lcolino says:

    Love this blog! Oh, and whose idea was it??!!! I made the suggestion a while ago and glad you two decided to blog it. I can only imagine the looks the two of you were getting in the airport and on the planes. Love it – keep posting!

  6. Pam says:

    love the posts.. great idea!!! I have to agree with Danielle & mom , glad Ryan is driving. (sorry Laur but I drove with you in Boston, I can't imagine you drivin a RV) Ryan, maybe you could pacify her by letting her drive in the Walmart parking lot!! Love you all & have fun!!

  7. Pam says:

    Actually my favorite part was dragging the car seats through the airport… WITH kids strapped in them!!!! I can picture you guys doing that!!