Last week I talked about how we were trying to get outside and hike more, or maybe I should just say get outside in the woods away from the house. We live in Maine, and there are some beautiful trails all around the state that we can travel to. I’m not going to talk about any of those places though today. Instead I am going to talk about where we went last weekend.
I actually live now where I grew up, which is a story in and of itself considering I said in high school that I would never live in such a small town…funny how life happens! Anyways, while growing up we had an amazing set of friends that owned a couple hundred acres of land very close by. And those family friends are still on that same land.
I have to say that it is very nostalgic for me to bring my kids on the same trails that I went on when I was a kid. To know that my kids are able to experience some of the things that were integral to my life as a child is so rewarding. Not to mention the land is so beautiful, and it feels like my home away from home.
We were able to walk a couple miles worth of trails, and not be worse for the wear. I was concerned about how Jack would do, considering he is only 2 and a half, but he really was a champ. Both of the kids were. There was a bit of shoulder riding, and maybe some grumbles because they wanted to go back desperately to ride the horses, but overall a fun experience.
When we got to our destination, which are some cabins at the back of the property, we were able to sit on a porch and just enjoy the view of the water. It was fun, and relaxing, and I didn’t want to come home.
Sometimes I think that we need to drive far away to really get out into nature and see interesting things, but here is something that is just a few miles away from where we live, beautiful and sentimental to me. What better place to spend some unplugged time together as a family?
Do you have any special places from your childhood that you love to go to or take your children when you are close to home? Are you like me, swearing you will never go back to your town, only to end up there and be incredibly happy with that choice?