Backpacking Dad for One More Day

12/05/2011 By Shawn Burns

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.