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How to have an adventure every day

How to have an adventure every day

Kirstie Profile SmallIs the endless domestic treadmill turning you into a robot? Ever felt like sweeping the washing straight from the tumble dryer into the bin? Have you forgotten how to have an adventure? Do you find yourself rolling through life in a rather unpleasant comfort bubble? Then STOP! There is another way. Ignore the chores and spend a week doing fun stuff with the kids. I know you can do it. Because I just did. Only thing is, it’s hard to go back to the tedium once you have learnt how to have an adventure…

How to have an adventure in family life

Family life should be an adventure. A stimulating, rewarding experience. That’s why we have kids, right? But it’s not though is it? A lot of the time it’s an escalator ride to nowhere.

Life as a parent is ketchup on the tablecloth. It’s damp washing. It’s an overflowing bin that everyone argues about putting out. Even if you set out to be something different, one day you look up and you have turned into a Stepford Wife. And why fight it? You haven’t got time to think between the cub run, the ballet lessons and the Warhammer convention. Have you?

Microscooters on Morecambe Prom

Have you got time to have fun with your kids on scooters on the prom?

Why fight it?

But wait up, you are not that kind of parent at heart. And I’m not. We didn’t set out to prioritise dust busting; we’ve just fallen into a rut the size of Australia. How do I know this? Because last week I had an epiphany. Last week Stuart and I stepped away from the dishes and the washing and the hoovering and the endless taxi runs.  Instead we went cross country running. And microscooting. And cycling. A whole week of outdoor activities with the children. On our own doorstep. And it was one of the best weeks of my life. No kidding!

Before I sound too Mother Teresa, I have to confess the initiative wasn’t entirely self motivated. Our challenge was part of a bigger challenge: Team Honk, which is in turn part of the fund raising juggernaut: Sport Relief.

Canoeing on Lancaster Canal

Canoeing on Lancaster Canal-wouldn’t you rather be doing this than the changing the beds?

The Team Honk challenge

The #teamhonkrelay has involved more than 200 determined parent bloggers, their family and friends and quite often their children too. For three months, they have powered a ribbon studded baton on a journey from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. And half way up the country, in Morecambe, it became our responsibility. We needed to get it to Kendal, so it could continue north.

The distance between Morecambe and Kendal is roughly a marathon length. So before Stuart could suggest I run a marathon, we cooked up a plan for a family pentathlon. Five ways of travelling, all human powered, and all fitted around school and working life. We only had the baton for four days and we were determined to show it a bit of The Lakes.

Swimming in Lake Windermere

Kick start your heart and your week by swimming in Windermere. Or any lake near you.

Stepping away from the dishes

When I first signed up for our Team Honk challenge, I hadn’t realised it would take a week of my life. I hadn’t realised how hard it would be to walk away from work and housework and the endless ‘to do’ lists. And how resistant the kids would be to spending their evenings doing sport. On the first day at least.

But as we scooted the eight miles from Morecambe to Kendal, while the rose pink sun set behind us, we realised that this is what family life should be about. Why don’t we scoot together all the time?

As we canoed the four miles down the Lancaster Canal with the ducks quacking a welcome and cotton wool lambs wobbling around on brand new legs, we asked ourselves why we don’t float our boat more often?

As we laughed our way through star jumps and cartwheeled across the fields on our cross country we wondered why we so often do this alone? As a kind of physical punishment rather than a celebration of energy and strength.

As we swam in Windermere, we realised how exhilarating it is to give the body a jump start, no matter how cold and shocking.

As we biked in thick fog to Kendal we thought how easy it would be to cycle to the supermarket once in a while.

Horse at Sunset Cumbria

When this is the view you forget you are even running- crossing the county border into Cumbria

Putting the ‘to do’ list to one side

And we became a family. We joked, we talked we even sweated. We ate chips. We ate more chips. We fed the seagulls our chips. We pushed through fog and basked in sunshine. Matthew’s bedroom stayed unpainted. The cereal bowls got crusty. The sitting room looked like burglars had come for a pizza party. Minecraft Kingdoms went untended. Facetime calls went unanswered. And it didn’t matter. We were a family. For almost a week. And then we handed the baton on. We were truly sorry to see it go.

Reminding yourself why you do it

Our Team Honk challenge was about more than fundraising, and more than fun. It reminded us we were more than what we thought we were. And turned us into the parents we wanted to be. For one week we got off the drudgery treadmill and ran headlong into a much more vital world. Thanks to Team Honk for giving us that push. And the dishes, of course, got done in the end.

Sponsor us: There is still time to sponsor us for Sport Relief by going to the Team Honk Kendal Giving page and make a donation.


Running for Sport Relief, and for so much more.

About the author


Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.


  • Such a fabulous inspiring post. I would love to step away from the chores and get the family on board with me.
    Scooting eight miles sounds such a long way and as for the swim in Windermere! I am in awe! Well done to you all.

  • I don’t have kids, but your post still inspired me…it’s too easy to overlook what we have on our doorsteps, and too easy to let life get in the way of really living.

    Good on you, for jumping off the treadmill and enjoying some simple pleasures…and wow, real kudos to you for jumping into Windermere at this time of year!

  • Well done you! What an achievement!
    I also agree with your sentiment- we should have an adventure every day- our kids childhood goes so fast!
    I’ve nominated you for a BiB award travel category- I hope you make it two in a row!

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