But I really wanted a vacation!
So at the end of August, on the most gorgeous Saturday of all, we woke up early, loaded the van with all our beach stuff and hit the road.
Destination: Presque Isle State Park.
We got there around 10:00 and found a beach... beach 10... because there were teeny tiny waves and the kids wanted waves.
We set up our spot, put on our sunscreen and hit the water.
And then we swam... all. day. long.
We had packed enough food for lunch, dinner and snacks. We wanted to stay forever.
It turned out to be an incredibly enjoyable day. The sun was hot. The breeze kept us from melting. And as the day went on and the wind picked up, the waves grew bigger and bigger. And we continued to swim and enjoy it all.
Some time after dinner we finally put on dry clothes and packed up our beach stuff. We drove to another beach on Presque Isle where it was less windy and much more quiet. We sifted through rocks and sand and were surprised by how much sea glass we were finding. We continued sifting as the sun set and only quit when it became too dark to see.
After a long and fulfilling day, we grabbed some snacks at a gas station and began the two hour drive back home.
My heart was so full and I can't wait to take another trip to Erie. It ended up being the most perfect non-vacation vacation. An entire day with no worries and no complaints and no problems that needed solving. An entire day with the people I love the most. And the best part... it only cost us $30. (Half a tank of gas and a few snacks for the ride home!) Hard to beat!!