Monday, August 25, 2008

What a Week!

Yesterday we came home after a week's vacation in the mountains of Western Maryland. And what a busy time we had.

We spent four afternoons on the beach of Deep Creek Lake.

One evening on the Mountain Coaster. Jackson was my passenger. On the first curve, I didn't brake enough and it scared me just a little. I made sure to slow down on all future curves.

Two afternoons at the falls where the boys played in the rapids and we geocached and hiked.

A little hot-tubbing for all. We only allowed the children to stay in for a few minutes at a time. (Note to self: sunburn + hot tub = pain!)

Joe took the boys kayaking. One at a time.

And a little jealous girl got to go for a spin, too, loving every minute of it.

And plenty of sunshine. Smiles. Attitudes. Eating. Homemade ice cream (every night but one). Laughing. Loving. And lounging in the best cabin ever.

The most memorable part of the trip was an early morning visitor we had. We did not realize we had such a visitor until a residential neighbor appeared at our door at a respectable hour (9-ish). He informed us that we had a 500-pound bear (bear!) on our front porch. Apparently the previous renters did not properly close the trash receptacle and the bear not only broke into our trashcan, but followed the scent of garbage-bag drippings onto our porch. Frank, the bear, (yes, he has a name!) was sniffing around our front porch at 3:30 a.m. The neighbor also kindly informed us that the front door of our cabin was no match for a bear of that size. He said he will only go outside after dark with his shotgun. Nice.

Needless to say, we didn't go out after dark much.

17 comments:

Brenda said...

Looks like you and the family had a great time. Everyone looks so happy. You have some beautiful children. Missed you.

Hope your knee is better.

Nikki said...

OMGosh! I'd be freaking out about the bear! It sounds like it was fun! That last picture should be your Christmas card!

Katie Jean said...

sounds like a fun time! That area is so beautiful. I wish we got out there more often.

How scary about the bear. Good thing you didn't have a first hand encounter!

jessi said...

looks like so much fun!

Kat said...

I love, love, love the picture of the kids on the rocks what a wonderful memory!

Liz said...

Hooray for geocashing and fun vacations!

utmommy said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation!

Except for the bear part, SCARY!

Diane said...

Welcome back. Glad that it was a great vacation - sans the bear! The sunny pic of all the kids is a real keeper.

nikko said...

Welcome back! It looks like it was a great vacation.

Yikes about the bear!

txmommy said...

wow, looks wonderful!!

Jo-Anne said...

WOW! A bear!?!? Scarey!
The trip looks like it was wonderful. The kids are all so cute!! Loved the pictures!!

It's good to have you back here in blogland! :)

TinkerBlue said...

Hey Lera,

It looks like you all had a great time. Kayaking is so much fun.

The bear would have been a little scary for me.

Louise said...

How funny! We were just up that way last weekend, too. Wasn't the weather beautiful?

preppy little dress said...

wow, 6 children - i give you lots of credit! wow, cute photos from your trip!

amandajean said...

I love that last photo. so much.

Little Munchkins said...

Looks like everyone had a great time.

Scary about the bear though.

kirsten said...

wow, it looks so nice there. except for the bear. and we are thinking of going to yellowstone.... yikes!