Goals for the trip:
Matti: Unplug, be present, try new things and enjoy each moment and RELAX to be better and more productive in all areas of life. Accomplished – although I would have liked a little more time
Baby G: Make memories with the grandparents that will positively impact his life. Accomplished – splashing in the water, train rides and piggy back rides.
Hubs: Create a stronger connection and TALK. We are so busy, we need to just connect. Accomplished, mostly during the 6 hour car ride, it was fun and nice and needed.
My hubs goes on a family camping trip every year and it is quite a relaxing setting. A quick 5 hour drive with a squirmy toddler in the middle of the night to arrive at one of the most beautiful places in California. The in-laws have a very sweet remembrance of Mammoth as they once built a house and lived in the area P.D. (pre-Dave – the hubs) and they visity at least once a year. we are fortunate enough to tag along on their trip down memory lane and hearing about their past is so sweet. I picture them as young and wild kids, newly married and living it up.
Usually, they rough it out in the middle of nowhere. Well, a pampered roughin’ it since I came on board. I am not super prissy. I actually like being out in the middle of nowhere with no electronic interruptions. Since we had a child, we have been staying a little closer to civilization. Nothing is scarier than being far away from medical help with a hemophiliac toddler on the loose and no sanitizer.
My plan was to enjoy the outdoors and start posting here again, now that my Hemos Unite! website and podcast are up and flowing nicely. My dream for this vacation was to have Gram and Gramps show baby G the great outdoors
while I finished the 38 unfinished posts I have started, catch up on my reading, sleep in and hike a mountain while breathing fresh mountain air and wild animals sing and come talk to me like they did in those Disney classics.
It didn’t work out that way, but that was the dream.
We found the cutest Toy Store, Mammoth Fun Shop with the nicest, coolest owners. I met Camille, the co-owner of the shop. She told me a lot about the shop and was so helpful. I love it when I can meet the owners and really feel good about where I shop. They have put a the little extras, that you wish every shop would do. An ice cream shop with freshly handmade waffle cones in fun colors, plenty of seating to relax and be silly, she even has emergency diapers in the kid changing station in the restrooms. Seriously, what shop owner do you know that thinks of details like that?
My favorite purchase, besides my Marion Berry Dairy Free (tasted like real creamy dreamy) ‘ice cream’, were these little tiny…and I mean tiny luck charms.
Are you freaking kidding me? A must have for sure. I went to Safari Ltd. to check out the models that they have and decided I am going to need to get MANY of these to send to other people. I think Camille actually sells them at a better price in her shop, so I am going to give her a call and see if I can just get them from her and have her ship them to me. Adorable.
We hit the in-laws favorite diner while we were on the hunt for a stream for Baby G to splash in. This place has been around forever and was De-Lish! The Stove serves comfort food and you need to check the diet at the door but hey – you’re on vacation, right?
Arrive hungry and ask for Brandon, he was the friendliest, most engaging server I have had in a LONG time. He gave us some history on the area and was just fantastic.
Our relaxing vacation was just getting started and, unfortunately, we had to get back to the city. We had to leave early because Hubs had to do some big thing at work and the wifi connection was pretty bad at the condo, so no telecommuting for us. The goals were accomplished, albeit too short and I was reminded how much I love the great outdoors. Being surrounded by green trees and bubbling brooks really does it for me. I feel rejuvenated, smarter and truer to who I am. While I can’t get to a place as beautiful as Mammoth very often, I can get out to Griffith Park for a run with the kiddo and the dogs a lot more then I actually do, so what is stopping me?
Is there something that lights you up? Is there a joy that is missing because you are pulled in too many directions with too many obligations? We need to discover the things, places or acts that connect to our true self and feed our souls. Comment below and tell me what lights your fire and gets you going!