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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. ♥
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.