… summer vacation?
As I see educators counting down to the last day of school or the last day of a career, I started to think about what summer meant/means to me.
As a kid growing up, it was always swimming lessons in the morning, public swimming in the afternoon and evenings. Unless it rained or there was a baseball game. Later, I ended up lifeguarding and teaching swimming through the Red Cross and the Royal Life Saving Society. For the most part, that helped with summer jobs during university as well.
Then came the real world after getting my first job in teaching.
In the first years, summers meant a return to school to pick up additional qualifications and then to teach some during July but there was always August. Eventually priorities kicked in and summer vacation became both months.
Since my first summer as a teacher, my wife and I have dropped the dog off at the Hound Dog Hilton, the kids with their grandparents and then enjoyed a week or two along the shores of Lake Huron and then over to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Region is incredible in that there’s never a shortage of things to do or to spend money. Of course, we’re tourists – when I talk to friends there, they indicate they go to just about anywhere but the falls.
I have fond memories of Clifton Hill, Ripley’s Believe or Not, Movieland Wax Museum, Prince of Wales Stakes, to name some, a million wineries, and then all the souvenir stores. We have a daughter with a unique spelling of her name and were always on the lookout for a souvenir with it spelled correctly. Still looking.
These trips were annual events with other things added in – Detroit Tiger Baseball game, Michigan Wolverine tailgating and football, the beaches up and down the coast of Lake Huron, and more. As we know, none of this is really possible this year although the beaches are a possibility.
The lack of a summer holiday really started last summer. As such, we gained a renewed appreciation for what we have here at home. Unlike the formal holidays, these are day trips for us and we enjoy them as well. Point Pelee, Holiday Beach, Sadler’s Pond, Colasanti, Wheatley Provincial Park, wineries so many places, and the world’s best pizza.
Even with vaccinations done, destinations will be limited again this summer. I suppose that technically it’s going to be possible but we’ve decided to stay local again. We picked up the Windsor Essex Pelee Island tourism guide and there’s always something new. Plus, the tip at Point Pelee is never the same twice.
For a Sunday, your thoughts
- do you have any fond memories of childhood vacations? Are there any that you’d like to relive?
- if you have kids, do you take them with you or is it a real vacation for everyone?
- do you have a traditional place that you like to visit?
- how did you spend last summer?
- what are your plans for this summer?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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