We’re going to Joshua Tree tomorrow, to join a group of friends who are rock-climbing for the weekend. I packed my climbing shoes & harness, but couldn’t even find my belay device or slings or biners. Instead of the basic rock-climbing gear that I used to carry, here’s what I packed this time:
- Sophie’s ukulele
- Sophie’s bike and helmet
- Sophie’s pail, shovel, and dump-truck
- Sophie’s foam airplane (it flies surprisingly well)
- Sophie’s favorite (and most dirty) doll
- whipped cream
- hot chocolate
- more cozy fleece clothes than Sophie can possibly wear
- and more kids’ CDs than we can possibly listen to in the car, even though it is 3 hours each way.
This will be slightly different than the rock-climbing weekends I used to have before Sophie was born.
This will also be slightly different than the car-camping trips I went on with Ben & Sophie when she was only crawling.
We are driving up with a friend, so at least there will be someone to pass Sophie her toys & drinks & snacks in the car — but this happens to be a friend who isn’t comfortable around kids. She has assured me, though, that she can tolerate listening to Hullabaloo.
Sophie has started rehearsing by turning her bedsheet into a tent.
I am excited to have a weekend in the desert and with other adults. I might even get to climb while I’m there.