|Our home away from home|
|Dishwashing/ water station|
|Screen tent and bikes galore|
We avoid the beach during the heat of the day, and so after dinner each night, we head over to our favorite ~ Charlestown Beach. Still warm enough for the girls to swim, dogs are allowed on the beach and the nonexistent crowds make for lovely strolls along, kicking through the waves. Whether walking or playing, either way, the ocean worked its magic.
Upon our return from the beach each evening, a quick shower. 2 quarters bought you 3 minutes. It's amazing how fast you can get clean when the pressure is on!
The close of each day brought a bonfire... and popcorn! Taylor popped loads and loads before we left. Sitting up each night, long past our regular bedtimes, talking, laughing, reminiscing... it was a wonderful way to wrap up each glorious day.
I vowed to avoid these all week long, even if that meant a bike ride to the nearest 'real' bathroom. Way too many trips into these stinky, disgusting boxes when the girls were small and peeing every 30 seconds, never synchronized... or so it seemed. I am happy to say I was successful. Not a single porta-potty visit all week. :)
Vacations are not always intended to be a refreshing drink of life. Many are full of plans, excursions, amazing sights to see. While these trips bring with them wonderful memories and joyful moments, they also tend to be very busy. I would strongly recommend a vacation of being. Just being. Being with yourself. Being with nature. Being with the silence. Being without obligation. Being without computers. Being without phones.
I have managed to bring the peace home with me, in fact I find myself moving very slowly and quietly. Yesterday morning I found myself lost in pleasure watching the chickens scratch and frolic in the dirt. A long and leisurely kayak ride with Scott and my dad took the place of chores and jobs to be done. I feel no pressure to jump back into life as it was, if anything there's an urge to clear even more of the excess... can I manage to simplify even more???
Peace & blessings ~ Melinda