The Reluctant Mover
My son turned 10 the other day. As he’s gotten older, he’s become more sedentary: Video games and computer time, though limited, claim most of his enthusiasm, with reading a close second (thank god). He never glommed on to any particular sport. And kids his age are way less likely to run around the playground like a shrieking maniac just because. Instead, they stroll the perimeter in pairs or small groups, talking about — you guessed it — video games.
- Day One: Two-mile jog to the lighthouse, with kiddo on his scooter.
- Day Two: A hike with a wrong turn, which took us 500 feet higher and 2 hours longer than expected. According to my pedometer, we climbed 51 flights of stairs! We were all pretty wrecked after that one.
- Day Three: Candlepin bowling and mini-golf. (We really needed an easy day!)
- Day Four: All day at the county fair, with laser tag, rides, and miles of walking.
- Day Five: Two-hour kayaking tour of the harbor. Upper body workout, baby.
- Day Six: A visit to a historic fort, with lots of stairs and climbing spots to explore.
- Day Seven: A trek to the lighthouse in the morning, loads of packing and cleaning, and another lighthouse trip in the evening, to say goodbye.
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