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A Monday meander: How I spent my summer vacation

An early morning walk.

The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest.  But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don’t know how to rest.  We may even come back more tired than before we left.

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.

~ Marcelene Cox

When the clouds come down to visit the tops of the mountains.

Hello!  How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Have you traveled anywhere?  Gone off to explore the world?  Seen new sights?  Stayed home and learned new things, or maybe explored old things?  If you have the time, let me know in the comments.  I am genuinely interested even if it seems like I might not be due to my neglect of all things blog related.

I do hope that life, the world, and whatever season you’re in, are all treating you well on a personal level.

A view from the cabin.

I have been Away again, vacationing with some of the family (M the Younger, his lovely wife, and their two amazing sons aka the Wookie and the Peanut, and M the Elder’s sister).  We took ourselves off to the mountains of Pennsylvania, a convenient location for all.  M and I had the longest haul (about 5 hours of driving time), made longer by leaving on a Friday when traffic is heavy with vacationers trying to move themselves from here to there or back from there to here.

Nothing says Lake Vacation like a giant flamingo float, and we all know that I love flamingos so of course I had to get a picture of it.  No, it’s not ours.  It belonged to our lakeside neighbors.

Throughout our career as a couple and as parents and grandparents, M and I have rarely vacationed at a resort.  We have rented cabins in the mountains or near the beach, but never as part of a resort area.  We also took one obligatory trip to Disney World (long ago) because it seems everyone (here in the U.S., at least) has to at some point.  There are those who like to go to Disney World year after year, or go on cruises.  I sort of understand that and have nothing against it.  It’s just that we prefer the woods, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, the beaches, the wherever nature is presented, in all of its reality.

Waves splashing against the driftwood on the shore of the lake.

Our vacation was spent at a resort on Raystown Lake in the Huntingdon region of Pennsylvania.  The lake is the largest lake entirely within the state of Pennsylvania, and it is man-made.  The resort was not a posh resort.  It’s the kind of resort that has large campgrounds, a trading post, a general store, and cabins.  The cabins have few amenities although there are televisions with a limited number of channels.  They boast that they have wi-fi but that turned out not to be true.  We were told it just wasn’t working in our cabin area, but it seemed to me it wasn’t working in any of the cabin areas and no one seemed to care very much.  By no one I mean the management as well as the people vacationing there.

In the green light of a beech tree.

As a result of this wonderful lack of technology, I took time off from the internet completely for about four days, and avoided the news for approximately the same amount of time.  Or avoided it as much as I could.  News of what happened in El Paso and Dayton couldn’t be evaded for long since it was often the topic of conversation.  Breaks from the news are helpful, but it’s also important, I think, not to look away completely (no matter how much we might want to).  Looking away just allows things to go on as they have been.  Change will not happen that way.

Bridge over the Juniata River. This bridge is part of a rail-to-trail, where we rode our bicycles on our second day of vacation.

I read something about the resort in which it was said that most visitors unplug and spend time enjoying each other’s company.  I found that to be mostly true.  We met and talked with a lot of very nice people.  It was a joyful reminder that the world is made up of mostly nice people.

The Juniata River.

There was so much to do in the Raystown Lake area.  Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, explorations and adventures of all kinds.  We stayed quite active, especially since we were in the company of two toddlers in need of lots of activity.  I came home exhausted and needing a vacation from our vacation.  That’s frequently the way of it.  We like to pack in as much as we can when we visit a new (to us) place.

On one of the bike (rail to trail) paths.

Before leaving home, M spent a little time doing some research via the internet, looking at bicycling and hiking possibilities.  In other words, trails.  One of the places he came across was Trough Creek State Park.  As he was reading the description to me of a trail that crosses a suspension bridge and goes by a waterfall, I kept thinking we had been there sometime in the past.  Lo and behold, we had.  Back in 2007 on a trip we took for my birthday.  We had been on our way to Longwood Gardens, and stopped in Huntingdon for some hiking and to spend the night.  I found some photos from that hike which I will share when I share the latest hike with you in another post assuming, that is, I can get myself back into the habit of writing and blogging, a task I really hope to be able to do because it was on my old blog, Life in the Bogs, that I found the photos and the memories.  It was a good reminder that blogging has often been, for me, a way to share our adventures (and not always a place where I pontificate from my soapbox).

Raystown Lake on Sunday morning (August 04).

That’s about enough from me for today.  Thank you so much for visiting and joining me on another meander.  Let’s go out to the Point for sunset.  It’s been a while since I’ve been out there.  I meant to take a bike ride out there over the weekend, but ended up doing other things instead.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:02 PM.  I’ll be there early, as usual, and might even go for a swim.  It’s very warm today (nearly 90°F), but breezy.  That should keep the insects from being a bother.

Be good, be kind, be love.  ♥

Morning light. We had one lakeside cabin and one just across the road so that we could visit back and forth, and all spend time sitting by or swimming in the lake without having to drive to get there.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,116)  Spending a week with family.  1,117)  Jane, our wonderful friend, who stayed at the house and kept the kitties company.  I am profoundly grateful she was here.  1,118)  Spending time with family in such a beautiful place, building memories and a possible tradition.  We’re talking about going back in 2021 (which will be our turn again for the kids to spend their vacation with us).  1,119)  Being able to hike, walk, bike, swim, and all the other good things my body does.  1,120)  Relationships, old and new.

Our cabin neighbor, walking out to gas up his boat for the day’s excursion with his family.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

16 thoughts on “A Monday meander: How I spent my summer vacation

    1. I’m looking forward to the season of keeping warm and being quiet, Pauline. Even though it’s incredibly warm and humid this morning, there are numerous signs that summer won’t last forever. 🙂

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  1. Wedding anniversary today, Robin. Unusually spent, in the city of Leeds, with a grandchild who really isn’t, but is full of love, and life. Six, going on 7, and he’s spent his last 2 October birthdays in the Algarve with us. We’re ‘living in a box’, in a city we could never call home, but the people we love are there. 🙂 🙂

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  2. I so enjoy your positive posts. Your writing and photography have always been inspiring to me. Our travels recently have been to Ely, Minnesota. And in May to visit Liz’s mother in Wyoming. She’s transitioning out of this lifetime and into the next. A hard visit. But we did take some time to explore the canyons. So great to see you are thriving.

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    1. Thank you so much, QM. 🙂 I was thrilled to see you are posting again. I’m sorry about Liz’s mother. Yes, that is hard. I went through that with my own mother and there are times when it still feels hard.

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      1. Robin, I felt the same seeing your posts. It’s like seeing an old friend. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. It is very hard with Liz’s mom. I take comfort in knowing others walk the path every day with parents who are close to transitioning. We are grateful for Liz’s sister who has been the primary caregiver for some time. So much love there. I look forward to reading more of your posts and experiencing the beauty of your photography.

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  3. Glad you had a good time with family! I do worry about those big floatables…have seen them on our lake down in AL blowing across the lake and I worry if there were small children they’d be thrown off, or at best be blown across a lake pretty easily. I wouldn’t use them without them being tethered to the dock and at least a couple adults watching all the time. Of course I’m a bit paranoid about water safety, having grown up on a lake with a mother that was frightened about kids and water.

    ANYWAY…

    I hope you do keep blogging, I’d miss hearing about goings-ons there at the shore.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 All of the big floatables we saw on the lake were anchored or somehow tethered so perhaps they are owned by families with mothers who are a little paranoid about water safety. 🙂

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