My parents haven’t been on an airplane in about 12 years. They can’t remember the last time they saw mountains, experienced TSA lines, or traveled for fun. I am so glad they passed on the persuasive genes to their youngest, me, the favorite ;).
I talked them into traveling with me somewhere for four days. There were really no limits on a destination, except for that my dad is the most frugal person I know, so naturally he didn’t want to spend any more than around a dime or two for flights. I chose Estes Park, Colorado. I found round trip flights for $128. (Thanks, Southwest!) Greg and I had been there a few times, and I knew my parents would really enjoy the small mountain town.
I booked the flights as soon as I got the go ahead from them. (I was afraid they would change their mind about traveling, so I wasn’t going to take any chances!) It was Memorial Day weekend and all over the news were horror stories of TSA security lines at airports. How terrible travel was going to be that weekend. How airports were going to be so packed with people and lines were going to stretch on for hours. Apparently that scared everyone else away, because we had NO wait time in Dallas or Denver. Score.
When Greg and I travel, we like to explore. A lot. We will walk all day long and never want to stop. I knew this trip would be different. My parents are not the hiking type. They don’t dislike the outdoors, but Mom is always hot, and Dad is always cold. Not to mention they are in their 60s, so walking around aimlessly all day isn’t as appealing to them. Knowing this, we had no set agenda in Estes Park. None whatsoever. We would sleep late, and I would do my best to move at their pace.
We absolutely had the best time. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect trip with my parents. Turns out, my old man is quite the social butterfly, and Mom simply cannot be out-shopped. We laughed, we shopped, we ate, we wandered, we hiked, we walked in the rain, and we made memories we’ll never forget.
We went on such great adventures the entire four day stretch! We saw waterfalls, drove to a high point in Rocky Mountain National Park, and explored the heck out of the little town of Estes. I learned my parents have more pep in their step than I thought! I came home so exhausted, but with such a full heart. It was such a special trip for me. When we were young, we would go on family vacations with my two sisters and parents. Now we drive to the hill country of Texas each summer with the whole family, which now includes four grandchildren! I have never traveled with just my parents, but man was it amazing.
I’m so thankful I was able to share such a passion of mine with my parents. It was a trip that will always mean so much to me and I know we will all cherish the memories for a lifetime!
Take your folks on an adventure. You won’t regret it.
Keep it Kinetic,