Parent Only Vacation

You may have noticed that we usually take our kids everywhere.  When it comes to vacationing, we’re firm believers that there’s nothing as valuable as spending time as a family doing something that we love in the outdoors.  But. . . . Well, even those of us who take our kids everywhere, occasionally need to spend time on a vacation without kids.

So after six years, my husband and I are taking off to parts unknown (i.e. Las Vegas) to go climbing in Red Rock Canyon.  Without our two kids.  It will be quite the reminder of days gone past, as we plan to do the many things that having kids in tow does not allow.

1. We’ll climb from sun up to sun down.

2. We’ll share gear evenly (and without extra packs/gear for kids).

3. We will plan out some challenging projects that we can work for hours at a time.

4. We will be taking a day to go canyoneering (weather permitting).

5. We can use the jacuzzi after a hard day of climbing.

6. We’ll eat dinner late and at non kid friendly restaurants.

7. We will only be responsible for ourselves, so we can relax and go “off duty”. . .

The kids are extremely excited to spend the week at their grandparent’s.  I’m the only one stressing. Perhaps someone should have told me that a week is a long time. . .but my son has already reminded me that he can always call me on the ipad.

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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.