Lazy Days of Summer

We haven’t had too many days this summer that classify as lazy; but at least we managed to take a short break from our electronic devices and disconnect from the buzz of today’s busy lifestyle. My family managed to do this by reserving a spot at a campground on the remote end of a popular lake two hours from our home.

We brought our tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, cooking accessories and two coolers full of food and beverages. We also brought our motor boat for water sports and were excited that the dogs were even able to join us.

With two teenagers, putting up the tents and getting set up was a snap.

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Within an hour we were organized enough to go on the boat for a spin. The kids tubed and we all swam in the refreshingly clean lake water- a great treat compared to the chlorine pool we have been doing our laps in all summer.

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By the time we got back to our site, we were hungry and ready to start our dinner. Luckily the local vendor with fire wood and ice came by at the right time.

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That morning my husband and I had done all the prep work for a real surprise meal on a camping trip- Fondue! We spent at least an hour dipping shrimp. pork tenderloin, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes and cremini into the pot. This was accompanied by a pre-made fried rice dish that was reheated in a cast iron skillet over the fire. Who could imagine camping food could be so gourmet delicious?

After dinner, we lounged around the campfire and played charades while we digested.

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We haven’t played this game in years so we were a little rusty, but we certainly got some good laughs out of it. Afterwards we roasted marshmallows for our mandatory camping specialty- S’mores! You can’t say you have camped without putting a marshmallow on a stick over the coals, roasting it until it is dark or golden brown on the outside, yet soft and squishy inside. Then you must pair it with a piece of chocolate and smoosh them together between two graham crackers, letting the warm , mushy substance ooze over the melting chocolate as you crunch the sweet cracker sandwich in your mouth! Divine! ( see the link below if you don’t believe me)

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By the time we crashed on our air mattresses at the end of the day, we felt like we had experienced everything a camping expedition required.

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Each one of these activities slowed us down from our normal busy pace and gave us time to enjoy the experience of the moment and the joy of being together with no distractions.

Even though it only lasted 24 hours,  it was a great way to unwind and truly appreciate the lazy days that summer is supposed to bring.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 20:25:20

    Sounds like a perfect break. We used to do this when the kids were little.

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  2. themiddlegeneration
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 21:30:20

    It was extra meaningful since at the end of the summer, my daughter is heading abroad for a semester. We won’t even be together for Thanksgiving this year. But we will remember the s’mores!

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  3. suzicate
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 18:23:51

    Camping and tubing are such great fun! I haven’t played charades in decades oh my, my age is showing!

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  4. themiddlegeneration
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 19:05:27

    Ha ha, do you mean giving away the decades or that young people don’t know how to play the game? Either way, it is a great way to pass on “wisdom” and “history”- don’t you think?

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