Last week Art and I had the opportunity to take our two youngest kids to one of our favorite places in the world, CAMP-of-the-WOODS in upstate New York.
Getting there was so completely chaotic, I was starting to wonder why we do vacations. If you can relate, raise your hand. See? That’s why I love you so!
Seriously, packing and trying to get a family to the airport on time will just about stress a girl out. Maybe some people know the secret. Obviously, I don’t.
We are “that family” when we travel.
We got to the airport skidding in on two wheels. The kids and I jumped out of the car determined to get the luggage checked in just in the nick of time while Art parked the car. The problem is, we had a lot of luggage and this crazy long tube for my husband’s fishing poles.
I wish I could tell you we handled it all with calm grace. But in reality people were snickering. And maybe pointing.
But then this sweet soul from heaven stepped in to carry the fishing poles tube. I love that woman. If that was you, thank you from the bottom of my tired little heart.
Then there was the whole smoking engine on the plane situation that delayed and delayed and delayed our plane. It was one of those board the plane, get off the plane, board the plane again and wait deals.
But finally, we got to this glorious place called CAMP-of-the-WOODS. It was worth all the stress of getting there.
You know it’s going to be a lovely escape from the southern heat when you start seeing these kinds of street signs:
And you know my man cub was in his element when you see this kind of smile. I call this picture “2 Great Catches.”
There were LOTS of games being played last week. But my favorite by far was this game called “Acquire.” It’s a strategy game where you accumulate stocks and build hotel chains. I know it sounds boring but it’s anything but. I think I get a cardio workout every time I play-it’s just that intense!
I won’t tell you who was the grand champion of the Acquire Game last week because I don’t want to brag or anything. But her initials are L.T. Smiles.
It’s a simple place with simple cabins, chapel services every morning, and campfires every night. There’s no TV and very limited internet. And we love that.
Every night the sun sets like this. And I feel my soul exhale and smile.
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