I love seeing the excited face of a child experiencing something for the first time! Whether it’s learning something new, or doing something fun – that moment of sheer joy when he or she is immersed in the moment and experiencing LIFE is what I live for. It’s why we go on adventures, work on robots, and even do extra homework projects – so that my children will experience life and find enjoyment in living.
I received a free 2 hour session of tubing for my family in exchange for this post.
So many distractions keep us from enjoying our adventures in life. The wonderful gadgets – actually powerful computers – we hold in our hands take us out of the flow of life and isolate us in a cyber-world of flatness. The interactions offered through these screens are flat, especially when compared to interacting with actual humans.
I noticed this first hand while visiting Gorgoza Park in Park City, Utah. First, let me tell you about Gorgoza Park. It is amazing! I’ve only ever been tubing once before, four months after my first child was born. It was hard work, trudging up the hill just to slide down for a few seconds – while hoping that I picked a good lane without trees or hidden boulders. I don’t know if fun would be the best way to describe my first tubing experience.
But, Gorgoza Park is something else.
There are moving walkways that take people up the hills. The hills are amazingly well groomed and so much fun to slide down. I always thought I was going to die — just ask my kids. But, they were so thrilled and excited, so engaged in life.
We easily reached speeds of 40 or 50 mph – and it was such an amazing, breath-catching feeling – especially when I was able to stand up at the end of the hill, and walk away in one piece.
And, tubing hills aren’t all there is at the park.
My toddler got to go visit Fort Frosty – which is designed for everyone under 42” tall and less than three years old. It’s a fun little play area, with a tube pull and mini-hill. My toddler was enthralled with sliding down the mini-hill.
Also, children 6 to 12 years old can ride real, albeit mini, snowmobiles. My two boys spent most of the time driving the snowmobiles.
The most amazing part about the morning we spent at Gorgoza Park was the direct interaction my children were having with life. Not once was I asked, “Can I play on the phone?” and honestly, I never reached to check my notifications. The morning was a blast, not just because of the tubing, but also because of the connectedness my family felt with each other and with the world around us.
What adventures have you been on that made you find enjoyment with life and connected with your family? I’d love to hear about them. Let me know in the comments below or share your pictures on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mommycrusader.