Because of this, I thought it would be fun to share such things with the kids. We (okay, I) decided to get a lakeside cabin for our few day stay (Steve wanted to stay in the lodge). Lakeside cabin, doesn't that sound divine? I love water and a cabin on the lake sounded awesome. In the photo there was a big "yard" and it rolled into the water. There was a fire pit and table. In my head the kids could run and play in the yard and we could have a fire every night and do fun stuff they never do like make pot pies (pizza, grilled cheese, etc), s'mores and I might even get hot dogs for the occasion. Needless to say, as I am sure you can guess, it wasn't all quite as perfect as I imagined.
The cabin was a pit. A very expensive pit. As it turns out, they were built and furnished in 1972 and that is how they remained (yes, they told me this, furniture, carpeting, curtains, stains, everything...). Really, a Super 8 would have been nicer. Which really surprised me because from Memorial Day (which was the weekend after we were there) until the day the last leaf falls off the trees in the fall, you cannot get a cabin. They are booked a year in advance. Between that fact and the mere cost of these, I really expected something much, much nicer... and cleaner. I won't go into detail, but really, they really needed an upgrade. The photo on their website was also a little misleading (yes, I know, I am in marketing...) because the actual usable flat part of the yard was tiny and it didn't roll into the lake, instead there was a 10 foot drop to the lake... the lake in which you could not see the bottom. The fire pit and table were four feet from this drop. Not exactly ideal for our young and fearless children. That said, we really did have a great time. Of course kids don't notice dirt, stains, and danger, so they had a blast
Right after we got there, we decided to hike up to the lodge (partly due to seeing the inside of the cabin... and needing to air it out a bit). As Steve went to walk up the steps and get onto the path, he screamed. He had spotted a huge (*cough* small) snake next to the steps. The boys thought that was great (I was too busy laughing to notice or photograph it). In the first day alone between the hiking and at the cabin, in addition to the snake, we saw a ton of turkey vultures, a heron (who kept us company lakeside all week), a red fox, deer, numerous cool birds, and a ton of different bugs (yippee!).
Hanging out on the porch (yes I know his blankets are on the dirty porch... if you saw the inside cabin you would have given up as well) while we cleaned up after dinner.
The boy's room had two sets of bunk beds in it. They LOVED that! They bounced around from bed to bed. When we got there, Ethan put several of the outdoor toys, flashlights, games and activity books into the drawers (thanks to Grandma Dee for stocking us up on tons of very cool things for our trip!), just making himself at home. Every night they would come out after we put them to bed, requesting something. At first it was pretty cute, but it wore off after an hour and a half the first night. Regardless, to see the three of them trail out with the selected spokesperson for that trip in the lead and stating their requests for water, or missing blankets, or tucking in or more lights, or whatever, was quite funny. The first night this went on until 10:30 pm, the second until 9:30 pm and the third they were out by 8:15 pm.
The view of the sunset...