Vacation time past, I am assembling the photos from various cameras, saved to various storage spaces.
This was a vacation for the books, a family get together – hubby and I with our sons, and daughter-in-law and grandchildren. It was made especially sweet because the grands are now old enough to register enjoyment of their surroundings.
This is the second time we’ve vacationed together. During their childhood, our sons did not have the opportunity for family vacations. Sure, we would titz off to a local water hole and camp for a weekend as often as we could. But money constraints, time constraints and availability of paid time off kept us close to home. So, for our 25th wedding anniversary, we assembled the group and vacationed an hour away from this current vacation spot. Great memories were made. Good enough that we were prompted by our sons to do it again.
We had a more grand location this time, the home we chose to rent was very nice and situated in a remote location. The focus was on relaxing and enjoying nature and each other. We did both well.
There were views like this to the left, right and center. Situated on a point, we were surrounded by lake life and activities. My favorite view was from this same morning. A heron (one of so many I could not keep count) had alit on a floating object early this morning, and remained atop the object for more than two hours as the underlying river current took it for the ride. I would refill coffee, fix my breakfast, wander the decks and return to find the heron still adrift, not affected by other travelers as it relished the ride.
Appropriate to our vacation: a slow relishing of the ride. Boat rides, swim stops, visits to area sites, trying new food stops, drinking and enjoying one another, floating on the water, watching the wildlife and skipping rocks.
Time to get back to routine. Very glad for sweet memories like these to reflect upon.