Backpacking Dad for One More Day

We woke up this morning and I felt the need to go, to get out, to drag the kids with me somewhere, anywhere that didn’t have Cars on permanent rotation, or a Strawberry Shortcake marathon. So after breakfast I packed the kids up and we left for Monterey.

I like the drive from the Peninsula to Monterey. I love Dennis the Menace Park just north of downtown. I love Cannery Row, and Fisherman’s Wharf. And of course, I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

We haven’t made the drive for a while, and the last time we did I thought the backpack was just about retired. Adrian is old, and heavy, and too tall to sit comfortably for too long now; it wasn’t going to be any better now that he was older, taller, and heavier. The walk from the parking garage to the aquarium lasted just a little too long on tired shoulders.

I brought the backpack today anyway, although I suspected it would be a bit comical. I was right, I suppose. He’s outgrown the backpack a little now. I’m just not sure that I have.

Backpacking Dad. Still.

Backpacking Dad. Still.

14 thoughts on “Backpacking Dad for One More Day”

  1. I lived in Monterey for 2 years, so I know exactly how taxing that walk from the parking garage to the aquarium can be. One year on my daughter’s birthday, I promised her that I would carry her around the entire aquarium on my shoulders. I spent a decent portion of the next day in the hospital getting valium shots and muscle relaxers.

    Have you had a chance to drive down through Big Sur? We tried to do that about once a month, and we loved it. There are plenty of hiking opportunities and Highway 1 is always a beautiful drive.

    1. I haven’t taken the kids to Big Sur. The furthest south we’ve been on a day trip is Point Lobos. Any farther and we’d only be able to stay a couple of hours before we’d have to turn around and drive home, and the driving time would double or even triple the visit time.

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