Our last week of summer took us to the Poconos with all of Jeff’s extended family: grandparents, a 100-year-old great aunt, siblings, and kids. The boys had their three cousins to hang out with all week, ages 3, 6 and 8, which I think was the highlight of the week.
We rented a house in the Poconos where we had never been before, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Except of course, nature, duh. This was the view from our porch:
The house itself was pretty cool. It had a game room with air hockey and about a dozen or so restored pinball machines – which were gems. We spent a lot of time there.
The other perk was a movie theater room where we made 100-year-old Aunt Clara watch the movie “Get Out.” Also, ping pong and a 20-foot-long shuffleboard table. Next up: the hot tub. (Which is where a hornet stung me in the neck.
Yay nature. Yikes.)
Other than that what did we do? Well, it’s hard to say. I kind of lost track, and we just bummed around a lot. We spent a couple of afternoons at the Lake Naomi Pool Club. The kids acted like fish, and the adults acted like kids, so that probably means we all had fun.
We also went on a couple of hikes. The highlight was Bushkill Falls. Really gorgeous, nature-y, waterfall-y, lovely.
One day we rented a couple of boats and headed out on Lake Naomi.
Our boat continuously went in a circle, and Jeff complained about my steering abilities. I had no idea that the first person in the boat is all muscle and the last person all…ability. I’m not a boat person, I guess.
On our last day there we went to a farm and rode some horses. Julian went first, on a full-size horse no less, and I was impressed. No nerves. Riding one-handed like a
Arthur was next. He’s a creature lover, so he was in heaven.
After that Grammy took over our kids, and Jeff and I went on a one-hour-long trail ride.
I used to ride horses quite a bit as a kid and have never lost my love for them. That feeling on top of that animal – heaven!
Other than that, what can I say? We ate and drank a lot. There were bonfires and s’mores and ice cream and delicious dinners. My mother-in-law came with a giant cooler in tow full of prepared baked goods. We all gained 10 pounds, I’m sure.
I’m a beach person, so I was bummed when the family decided to try something new this year. In the three previous years we had spent a week down the shore in Avalon, NJ (2014, 2015, 2016). And while I had fun in the Poconos and everything that matters was there (i.e. the family), my heart belongs to the ocean and the beach. I hope we can spend our next vacation splashing in the waves again. Until then, thanks, family, for a great week!