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The 7-Year-Old’s Spring Break Staycation: Day 3

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Today’s fun excursion was completely The 7-Year-Old’s idea, and I must admit, I was shocked. We’ve gone rock wall climbing before, and although he’s always eager to go, his fear of heights kicks in about 6 feet up the wall.

He asked if his friend could join us and I was all for it. Maybe seeing another child climb would help.

Looking at the Rock Wall at Earth Treks

Looking at the Rock Wall at Earth Treks

A few pushups to warm up.

Push Ups at Earth Treks

Push-ups!

And we’re up!

Rock wall climbing at Earth Treks

Rock wall climbing at Earth Treks

His friend was an awesome climber! A real natural.

Seeing him did excite Ryan, and he headed up.

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That’s about as high as he made it before freezing, and I had to do some negotiating to get him down.

He decided to give it one more try, and I was proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone. Like I said, he has the desire but his fear takes over around the same spot every time.

However, for as much as he struggled with climbing he excelled at taking photos. My budding photographer stole the camera and took these shots.

Friend up High!

Friend up high!

Nice angle!

Nice angle!

OMG a Picture of me I didn't take!

OMG, a picture of me I didn’t take!

Me climbing the wall.

Me climbing the wall.

Besides a few tears we had a great afternoon. I’m seriously considering taking a belay class so I can climb more (I LOVE it) and work with him on the height thing when he wants to try again.

In case you are wondering, we went to Earth Treks Timonium. This was our third visit and I have nothing but good things to say. The staff is friendly and informative, the climbing options vast, and they have everything you need if you are a beginner.

Oh! — as for my weekly budget, I knew this would put a dent in it but it was worth it. Since I haven’t taken the class, we have to use the open climb, which costs $25 for 3 climbs, the equipment, and an instructor. That means today was $50 because I HAD to climb, too.  But I’m proud of us because again we brought snacks and our own water. No miscellaneous purchases!

Staycation total cost so far is now $139 leaving only $11 for the next 2 days. THIS is gonna be fun!

Click here to see what we did Day 2!
Click here to see what we did on Day 4



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    The 7-Year-Old’s Spring Break Staycation: Day 2

    April 4, 2013

    I have to tell you Roni, you're an awesome Mom. THIS makes me want to get into shape and be strong... so that I can JOIN my little ones (when I have them - hopefully one day soon) when it's play time. Your boys will have these memories of their interactive mom forever. (Oh and WAY TO GO Ryan for going back and climbing that wall.)!! Reply

    Tina

    April 5, 2013

    I'vee been to the Earth Treks in Rockville and taken the belay class -- it's a lot of fun and even more fun when you and your partner can just climb together. Not sure if they still do this, but if you take the class you can use the center for a few weeks after for free. Great series of posts!! Reply