Believe it or not, it's not been State Fair all day, every day for me. We made our annual summer cabin trip as well, this time trying out a new-to-us resort in the Alexandria Lakes area.
This was the view every night from our cabin, just steps away from Lake Amelia, ringed with trees, and the gorgeous weather gave us spectacular sunsets.
Shady Rest Resort, a family-owned resort with several cabins and lots of RV sites. The cabins all sit by the lake, and they're probably the nicest cabins we've ever stayed in--our cabin even had a full bath, and we've only had showers before. But they're all recently remodeled and nicely decorated, with better-than-average stoves and comfy living areas.
The couple who run the resort (having owned it for 33 years) keep it in great shape. The amenities run heavily to boats, but there's a small but clean beach with a nice deck area.
That would be Teen 2, trying frantically to finish his required summer reading for school. Never mind that I suggested he do that at the *beginning* of the summer. Me? I sat and knit and watched the birds.
DH took each Teen fishing, separately, while I stayed ashore and read and knit. One morning they left early for fishing, and I just sat outside with my coffee and enjoyed the view of the moon at dawn.
Teen 2, once he had his reading squared away, enjoyed the paddle boat.
We did several other things too, which I'll post about over the next week or so. But hands down, the best time of the day was when the sun would set...
...we'd build one of these...
...listen to the sound of the lake lapping at the shore, toast marshmallows, and just hang out as a family.
One of the reasons I chose this resort is because each cabin has its own campfire ring--a bit of a rarity, probably because of safety and liability and all those pesky issues. Lots of resorts have communal campfires, but when it comes to our family vacation, we simply don't like to share. We're not in the mood to socialize with other people, nice though they certainly might be. This is our family time.
Shady Rest Resort, near Alexandria. I highly recommend it. Great family spot.
I wish I was there right this minute.