Last week our family headed up north to a cottage for a week of family vacation. We had plenty of food and clothing. We brought a pile of magazines and a stack of library books. We had only one iPad and no computers along. There was a DVD player and a few movies to watch. We bought an ancient puzzle at the Paul Bunyan antique store which took several hours to finish. We did have access to two kayaks that we never used and there was of course swimming and walks in the woods and hummingbirds coming and going from the feeder on the back and front porches.
Our family vacations of the past where our annual trip to the Cornerstone Festival which always meant rustic camping, something we never got good at. Having a beautiful well furnished cottage for a whole week felt like a real luxury in comparison. There were times of getting bored. There was at least on brief family fight-melt down that required apologies the next morning. And as nice as it was to have this different scenery and time to be lazy in the hammock, it was wonderful to come home and return to our own turf and familiar routines.