Sometimes I just get the feeling that I need to go.
That desire to disconnect and find an adventure…
I’ve come to realize this isn’t typical and something most people think I’m crazy for.
Actually there are many other reasons people think I’m nuts.
Before I had kids I thought I was going to be a flight attendant and only own two bags of stuff so I could just take off whenever I felt that my roots were digging too deep.
Life with kids change a lot of things but it doesn’t change my desire for adventure. Now I am able to experience the adventures with them. Peter Pan was my favorite story, musical and Disney movie (aside from Pete’s Dragon) because I truly never wanted to grow up. Being a Mom hasn’t made me lose my sense of adventure… it’s just changed it.
I’m thankful that my kids have my sense of adventure! They take on these crazy trips with even more gusto than I. They are dreamers who aren’t afraid to do something new. They have just as much, if not more, fun as I do.
On a whim before our three day weekend I texted my friend Anna to see if she had to work on Martin Luther King Day. She was free… we found a spot at the San Mateo campgrounds which is inland by San Onofre… invited some other friends and suddenly I was unpacking my camping gear! I had two days to prep for a two night stay… and of course it could possibly rain that Sunday night but who was really thinking about that?
I admit that deciding to camp last minute with an already very busy end of week led to a crapton of stress. It made me realize that I need to reorganize my camping gear so I can just take off with minimal supplies if needed. I also realized sometimes I need to chill the crapsticks out and not overstress what I may forget.
Besides, all I really needed to remember were the medical kits, stuff to keep the kids warm, food, water and booze for me. Priorities!
Despite the stress of packing up and leaving on a whim and feeling unprepared I knew it would be a rad weekend.That is my process: I take something on. Overstress every possible thing that could go wrong and freak out. Tackle it all with a positive frame of mind and make the most of it. Sometimes I get bitchy along the way especially if there is a lack of coffee and/or alcohol.
There was no shortage of either.
We had so much fun with so many important people in our lives. The trip created many awesome feelings that were there and now amplified or new ones:
- Knowing that we need to do that more often.
- Life is about the memories we create.
- Camping in the rain is a lot of fun but would be better with lots more tarps.
- Pitbulls make the greatest campground fairies.
- Sometimes you gotta just hope your 4 year old son isn’t going to eat shit when riding his brand new two wheeled bike on uneven dirt.
- Making coffee the night before and storing it in a thermos is the GREATEST CAMPING TIP OF ALL!
- Wood that got soaked in the rain will still burn if you create a giant inferno of doom.
- Forts no matter where you are will always be great times for all.
- My kids are helpful and awesome.
- Camping with dogs is rad… and made me want one even more.
- I’m a very lucky woman with a full life with amazing people in it.
- Layers is the key to staying warm when it’s nipply cold out… and so is booze.
Despite the stress it may cause… take the adventures you can. Make the most of it. Prepare as much as possible and most importantly… just enjoy it! And if you can’t enjoy it at least let your kids enjoy it
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is a single Mom with two amazing kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.