Have you heard the joke about the hill? I just couldn’t get over it.
As summer draws to a close … *sniff* … one last week of comics about our summer activities.
Obviously I’m not going to tell all my loyal fans when I leave the city for an entire week to go on a vacation without cell coverage deep in the mountains. I may as well post my banking information and a photo of my house keys. It’s not you I’m worried about, but seriously you should see how many bots try to hack this site every day.
Alas, we did go away for a whole week. In the mountains. Hiking in the back country. And I, a guy who rarely goes longer than the time in the train tunnel between stations on the subway without high speed internet access, was without so much as a carrier pigeon’s worth of information for five solid days of solitude.
The Girl brought along some Archies, so she coped. But that, and among other things she literally actually asked while hiking recently, inspired today’s comic… and reminded me just how strange the next generation is going to find it when the wifi goes out of range for a few days.
Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall…
Our “cheap” vacation this year did not include any airfares or fancy resort hotels. Instead, we decided to go backpacking in the deep, deep woods.
We explain this quite frequently now: we USED to go backpacking a lot. Then we had The Girl. And ten years went by while we waited for her upper body strength to adapt to the anticipated weight of a backpack filled with overnight gear enough to get us up a mountain and back down without requiring an emergency evac.
It wasn’t exactly “cheap”… the backpacking gear required to first replace all your old backpacking gear and second be a responsible enough parent (hey, when I was twenty-five I would just suffer without certain things… but as a dad?) all of that is a lot more expensive that I would have originally thought.
No backing down, though. To climb higher, it seems, one must dig deeper… into one’s wallet.
… because mountains aren’t just funny. They’re hill areas!
I took this picture on a recent (child-free) weekend trip to the rocky mountains. No, not the one of my two main characters standing atop a mountain climb overlooking a scenic landscape… just the scenic landscape.
I stood there admiring the view, enjoying the serene moment alone and gazing upon the beauty of nature and the magnificence of the mountains. I could have stood there for hours. I could have sat down on a bench (or even just a rock) and stared out into the distance for the rest of the afternoon.
And then a few minutes later a dad and his two kids walked up and the eldest of his boys did exactly what I would have expected from my Girl. He looked at it appreciatively for about three-eighths of a second before returning his attention to the gadget in his hands.
I don’t think kids are wired to think bigger than a sphere with a radius of about a meter around outside of their skulls. For that matter, I don’t think all adults are either… but with them I can’t blame their parents quite as much.