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Photo of the Day: Mom's Day Off, Goes Climbing Instead
- Category: Photo of The Day: Pictures and Their Stories
- on Wed Mar 20, 2013
- by Mark Stephens, Photo by Kelly Konopa on Wed Mar 20, 2013 - (2) Comments
You won't find too many folks who'll analogize parenting with multi-pitch rock climbing. Unless you come to AdventureParents.com, y'all. This is the place for that, obscure as it may be. The two, parenting and climbing, certainly do share few concepts but the only one that matters right now is this: sometimes you swap leads. In parenting, that means sometimes you get to go off duty for a while and put your partner in charge of the home front. Likewise, in climbing sometimes you get the relief of finishing a lead and passing the rack to your partner.
Alyssa, the lady you see dangling here, took a "Mom's Day Off" and used her window of freedom to road-trip it with her friend Kelly down majestic Highway 191 from Moab, Utah. They sought out a three-pitch route up Looking Glass Rock for easy desert climbing that plunks you on a summit with a 10-dollar view of Canyonlands in one direction and the La Sal Mountains in the other. The pair managed the climb without any trouble, just the thrill of a good day on a climb among good friends. But the rappel had their attention. Getting down from most climbs is the necessary evil that frequently wants to suffocate the joy and thrill of a good climb; sometimes a scramble, sometimes a rappel, sometimes a bushwhack, sometimes a fair little hike, sometimes a matter of being lowered down by your belayer. But from Looking Glass, it's a 185 feet of free air from the moment you begin your descent. That's a long rap, even without the air part. Free-air raps come with their own flavor of thrill, so make it 185 feet, and you've got a fairly spooky ride until your back on the blessed ground.
Admittedly, last time I took a "Dad's Day Off" I didn't do anything as interesting as this.
Sharing this photo and story might give the impression that she's not an invested mother or wife, but that's not true at all. Alyssa runs the blog The Kid Project, where she pens thoughtful, smart and resonant musings of motherhood, marriage and adventure. However, I think this cool day trip is one many of us can relate to, how it taps into the lingering longings for a sweet adventure with a friend. Again, thoughtful and resonant. That's the kind of blog she runs.
See more about this little adventure at TheKidProject.com.