I recently wrote a blog post about How the Outdoors has Helped Me Live a Simple Life. Not an easy post talking about our struggles, but an important lesson for us. I thought I should give my wonderful readers an example of a day trip or activities that we do to keep ourselves entertained without breaking the bank.
When having a child involved in extracurricular activities, your weekend time is taken up by their commitments. The last couple months our daughter has had basketball every Saturday. I love watching her and her friends on the court, but I was starting to itch for a day trip. We are in the process of saving money for a big trip in May, so I am being overly cautious of our spending. With finally having a Saturday free and it being the start of vacation week I wanted to do something fun.
A couple months ago I had purchased a Tubing Deal on Groupon for Granite Gorge Ski and Tubing Area. With money back from Ebates and using a coupon code on Groupon I got a tubing pass for two for $22.65. If you buy them at the lodge they are $25 a person. My daughter wanted to bring a friend so we took them both and the two hours gave my husband and I a chance to get some alone time. We brought our own waters so we did not have to spend extra money at the lodge.
It was lunch time and the girls were hungry. We wanted a cheeper options so we chose pizza. We were able to get two pizza’s and drinks for $36 for four of us at Athens Pizza in Keene. We sometimes pack a lunch, but since we have not had a day trip in a while and my daughter brought a friend we thought it would be nice to eat out.
After we dropped my daughters friend off, my daughter wanted to take my husband to the trail that we trail sledded on it. I wanted to check out a different trail in that area so it was perfect. We did the Slip Mile Mitchell Brook Trail, in Milford.
We stopped on the trail for about 30 minutes and did some trail sliding.
On the way home we were close to Tucker Brook Falls which is a short hike. My daughter continued having fun on the trail and I got to hike to one of my favorite things. A waterfall.
We had a fun day, my daughter and her friend had a blast tubing, my husband and I got some time to talk, which does not happen a lot. We were able to get some miles in for the 365 Mile Challenge and spend a lot of time in the outdoors. The day cost us $58.65. Not my cheapest day trip, but not too bad for loads of fun and yummy pizza.