We held off final decisions about vacation until a few days ago, waiting to see what gas prices would do. We finally decided that we’d just go for it. We take care of our finances and don’t go overboard on expenditures. I grew up with yearly vacations, most of them in-state. My husband was not so fortunate as his parents ran a business and couldn’t take the time away. Thus, we forego all of the fortune gobbling camps available to the kids in the summer and spend time together exploring new places.
This year we head to eastern Pennsylvania’s Delaware Water Gap, which I had never heard of before. We found a place to rent for 4 of our 6 nights, and are leaving many details out of descriptions to the kids. They’re going to be geeking. We haven’t told them all of the places we plan to stop, nor a few of the fun things they’ll find at our rental. Our last trip taught us that it’s worth spending a little extra to rent a nice cabin. A hotel room just isn’t relaxing and all of us have to go to bed at the same time. The extra cost is evened out by being able to cook meals instead of eating out, and my husband gets tired of every meal having french fries anyway. Another bonus is being able to pack clean laundry at the end of the trip, having run the laundry while using a hot tub, fixing dinner, or while the kids sleep. Hopefully we’ll wake up to see wildlife out the windows as well.
I can’t wait to go, and as it’s right around the corner I’ve started to plan out the meals and get ingredients gathered and packed. I only want to have to purchase meat and dairy products when we get there. We are all sooo ready to get away!