Finding time for a weekend adventure

Don’t let your weekend adventure opportunities slip away!

Cody Tolmasoff
4 min readDec 12, 2019


Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash

Weekends are never long enough.

We have all made that claim. Responsibilities from during the week get pushed to weekends because of more perceived time. Shopping needs to get done, the house needs to get cleaned, we have to get ready for the next holiday, the car needs service. It’s easy to fill time on the weekend with the tasks that life throws at us.

When we find ourselves on Sunday night looking at what we’ve accomplished over the weekend, and what is still left to do, that is when the thought about never enough time on the weekend runs through our head. And where was the time to recover and rejuvenate?

Sometimes we equate rest with rejuvenation, and sometimes rest helps. However, they don’t mean the same thing. I spend a fair amount of my dad-life feeling tired. But I find ways to rejuvenate and restore all the time. Usually, this is by purposefully going out to find new experiences to share with my kids.

Let’s turn this thought about weekends never being long enough around a little. When you or your family look back on a recent weekend, do you reflect on how great a job you did with the grocery shopping? What about those fond memories of cleaning the oven? I’m not saying these things shouldn’t get done. However, it’s more about finding balance with responsibilities and creating memories.

Maybe the thought you should have on Sunday night is:

What memories did we create this weekend?

I often take free time for granted. Without a definition of how you will use that time, it often isn’t viewed as valuable. Filling some of that free time with the purpose of creating memories is important not only for your rejuvenation but also to build a better bond with your family.

Think of a frustrating moment during a long week. Would you prefer to look forward to a weekend filled with raking the fall leaves off the front lawn, or a hike through the redwoods with your loved ones? What would they prefer? What will create memories they might talk about years from now?



Cody Tolmasoff

Parent-adventurer, creating memories for my two daughters around the SF Bay Area. Author & publisher at @adventuringin & Chief Happiness Officer at @kiddiewalks