Parents would lounge around, read, go on wine tastings and relax while the kids ran wild in a big pack and swam in the lake. Every night, no matter how hot, campfires would be lit on the beach and the kids would roast marshmellows for smores. One year the fire department even brought a large firetruck on site and let all the kids climb in the cab and set off the siren.
When our three hit the Tween years, we began to spend a little more on holidays and wandered further afield. Vacations included two trips to the farm in South Dakota for the Fourth of July, a trip to Yosemite to see the geysers and a cabin on Vancouver Island where we dug up Geoduck clams when the tide was out. Then life got crazy and the yearly vacation had to be spent close to home. One I remember we tried to make special by calling it "Vacation in Vancouver." The family spent a whole week going to everything tourists might see - a real eye opener. My favourite was a tour of Gastown. We had an amazing tour guide who really opened my eyes to Vancouver's interesting history.
Last year, in addition to our "REAL" vacation, we managed several shorter trips. What a difference it made! Adding in a few smaller trips has an effect far larger than the short time you are actually away. In addition to our regular vacation, Glen and I managed four mini trips together and an additional one on our own. If you add up all the days we were gone over the year, it still probably comes to be just 3 weeks holiday.
|Left-View of Copa Cobana balcony overlooking Pike Place Market; Right - Antique Warehouse|