If you are an active couple with kids you need to have a plan, or multiple plans, to fit in weekend adventures with and without the kids. The downside is that you don’t do as many adventures alone as a couple but you can still get in a fair share of fun alone or with friends if you plan ahead.
With the birth of our second son Axel it’s been harder to get out as a family for weekend trips. Add to it the “death” of our beloved Vanny (VW Vanagon Syncro Camper) and camping hasn’t been the same this year. Trying to tent camp or cram into the back of the bike shop shuttle van with 5 bikes, 2 kids and other gear is just not working out so well. And since we haven’t come to a decision about our next camping rig (OutsideVan, Sportsmobile, another VW, pop-up) we’ve had to be creative this year. Some of these scenarios may seem like a lot of work, but being at home for more than 5 days in a row is just not an option for us. We all go a little crazy when that happens.
This is the easy yet expensive way out. The upside is a warm (or cool) place to hang out with the kids while the other gets out for a ride. Much better than trying to find an inch of shade at the trailhead parking lot for 4 hours while we all get rides in. We have used this option for Iron Horse weekend in Durango, Pro Cycling Challenge in Crested Butte and a few one night hotel stays here and there.
One night camping and one night in a hotel. I can handle the 5am baby wake-up in the cold tent if we can roll out of camp, get breakfast, and then check into a hotel. We used this strategy on a recent fall trip to Aspen. Two nights in Aspen was over budget but one night camping outside Aspen and then a finding a local’s deal on a stay at the Sky Hotel in town was perfect.
One of us stays home while the other goes for the entire day. It’s a good option for us since our favorite rides are within 2 hours. If we leave around 7am we can hit Durango, Moab, Fruita or Crested Butte for a long ride and be back before bed. It makes for a long day but it’s worth it. The downside is lack of family time and our son Kalden misses out on riding these places.
Customized alone days
Not sure what to call this one but we did it this weekend and it worked well. On Friday Randy left and headed to Fruita where he set up the tent and stayed the night alone. Saturday he got out for a long ride. I took vehicle #2 and kids and met him in Fruita Saturday afternoon. Kalden and I rode Chutes and Ladders and then we all had dinner at The Hot Tomato. Randy drove home with the kids while I went back to the tent and stayed the night. I got up Sunday rode for 3 hours, had lunch, shopped and was back home by 5.
Would love to hear how your family fits in both family and adult weekend adventures.