Hi, Sam here again.
Some of you may already know that I've become somewhat obsessed with Alastair Humphreys' 'Microadventure' book.
Here's a link to my previous Microadventure post if you've no idea what I'm on about.
After ploughing through the book with great excitement I was keen to get out there and experience a microadventure for myself.
"But Daddy! Can I come on a microadventure with you?" said my adventurous 7 year old son Max.
"Err - OK. But we'll have to ask Mummy first", I replied.
After getting Mummy's approval, Max and I started to plan our maiden microadventure expedition.
The plan was to commandeer 'Grandpa Tim's' beloved boat 'Bonita G' and spend the evening onboard chatting together, reading adventure books by torchlight and sleeping under the stars.
The big day was quickly upon us!
Our bags were packed, we did a final check of the weather forecast and off we went on our first family microadventure.
It was all smiles when we started our 'epic' row out towards 'Bonita G'.
Although we did encounter some noisy river traffic when we arrived.
Perfect reading for an adventurous 7 year old.
Setting up our beds on the open deck before stargazing!
Reading the final chapters before bed.
What a sunrise! And what a cheeky smile!
A hearty breakfast in the Captain's chair!
First Mate Max making everything shipshape.
Wiping down the seats so we don't get wet bottoms on the row back to shore.
Learning to row and just generally messing about on the river.
Saying goodbye to 'Bonita G' and planning our next microadventure together.
Max and Cheeky Monkey chilling by the river after a great adventure!
A few weeks have passed since our family microadventure.
Max is now back at school and I'm cracking on at work but one thing which remains constant is our fantastic memories of this special time which we shared together.
I hope Max will remember our first microdventure for a long time to come, I know I will!
We're off to the Lake District over half term and we've already started to plan our next microadventure.
I'll keep you posted!
Sam Willsher 9th October 2019