One of the difficult things about where we live is we don’t have family within drop in distance. As a result, we’ve had to create our own extended family. Luckily, we have been cultivating friendships long before we had children so our long history with these friends has turned into a wellspring of fun and support. One of the main commitments to our kids is that we will plan at least one vacation a year with lots of friends.
Our camping trip in August was absolutely amazing and filled with Ranger programs, sea life and lots of independent living for the middle school/high school kids. They had the run of the land, something that’s rare for these city dwellers. I have confidence these are the types of memories they will be telling their children about.
Where else can you practice your beam routine 10 feet above the ground? Or watch the nest activity of baby seagulls and their parents?Where else can you climb rocks with your buddy? Without parents? Or sing while hiking in the forest?
Since we had so much fun during our summer trips, a group of us also planned a winter trip to Lake Tahoe. We weren’t disappointed. I have no pictures of any one other than my dear friend, Shannon, because I couldn’t keep up with anyone. Lucky for me, she willingly saw me down the mountain with my beginner level snowboarding skills.
As my friend, Mandy says, “This folks, is good living.”
May you find time to make lifetime memories with friends this year. I promise, you won’t regret it.