“Keep close to nature’s heart . . . and break clear away once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir
Well THAT was lovely. I hadn’t originally intended to take that long of a break from the internet, but you know what? It was great. I highly recommend it.
We crammed all of our summer travels into back to back family visits over the better part of the last two weeks. First with my husband’s parents and brothers in New England, as previously mentioned. We stayed in a great AirBnB rental near their home in Exeter, New Hampshire which was cheaper that two rooms at the local generic motel and gave us a lot more room, not to mention had a LOT more personality! It was build in 1750 and came complete with tight stairways, sloping floors, and this awesome retro crazy quilt in one of the rooms.
We made a few more stops in Massachusetts so see Lexington, Concord and Boston before heading home. Highlights included Louisa May Alcott’s house with my own little women. I’d been many years ago, but it was extra fun to go with them.
Our last day was spent in Boston on the Freedom Trail. I’m a total sucker for history and Boston has it in spades. I love that place. Not to mention Dunkin Donuts, pizza in the North End, and cannoli’s from Mike’s Pastry. Not only are they part of the authentic Boston experience, they work as great motivational tactics. (And not just for the children).
From there we came home, had two days to catch-up on our (my) sleep and laundry, re-pack, and load up the car to drive to Lake Tahoe where we met up with my parents, all my siblings, and their spouses and kids – 24 of us all together.
I grew-up visiting Lake Tahoe with my family multiple times, but this was the first time I’d been back in over 20 years. I’d forgotten how much I loved it.
Most of our time was spent playing at the beach. We did drive over to Emerald Bay one day and hiked down to Vikingsholm – a summer house built by a wealthy woman in 1929.
The house is inspired by Scandinavian architecture and full of beautiful details. The charming house plus the amazing setting and I’m ready to move in any day now. Just waiting to convince the State of California to let me.
I brought my orange peels and cross-stitch to work – and I got some done in the drive across Nevada and a little at the beach – but not much to be honest. It felt good to just hang out and talk to family. And now it’s back to reality catching up on laundry and life. But that’s fine too. We only have 3 more weeks of summer vacation (I can’t believe it.)
And here’s one more parting image of Lake Tahoe (that I didn’t take). Sunrise over Emerald Bay by my brother James. You have to pay the price (waking up at 4:00 am) to get pictures like this, so I’ll have to live vicariously for now. If you need a chance to “climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods” vicariously, check out his other amazing nature photos. You can practically smell the wildflowers and inhale fresh air.