Earlier in the year Brandon’s parents began talking to us about a family trip to upstate New York (where they are originally from) to surprise Brandon’s grandparents for their 60th wedding anniversary. We were really excited because 60 years of marriage is a huge accomplishment and worth the long haul to gather and celebrate. Also, we looked forward to seeing all of Brandon’s roots and having some time together as a family. Brandon’s dad offered to rent a large home on Seneca Lake that would house us all. Since it is about a 12-hour drive from home, we decided to split it up into two day chunks. The first day we drove (and by “we” I mean Brandon. He let me knit the whole way!) to Luray, Virginia, met up with everyone (Brandon’s parents, brother + wife + baby, and sister) and did a fun tour of Luray Caverns. We spent the night there, got up early and headed to Seneca Lake. Isn’t it gorgeous countryside?
The home Dad rented was just perfect. Absolutely beautiful and with an incredible sunrise view every morning, tucked away at the very end of a laneway situation behind a hops farm. The kids had been anticipating this for weeks and were nearly beside themselves with excitement to spend a whole week with Baba + Nain (Brandon’s parents) at a lake! After we arrived, we unloaded and promptly deep-cleaned the entire kitchen (making it a gluten-free celiac safe-zone for our Phoebe girl, such a gift to us!), the kids were out on the water. Brandon took them all out for a paddle boat ride, and then Phoebe wanted to upgrade to a tandem kayak with Baba before deciding she would just manage her own little boat. She is pretty amazing in the water, fearless and quick to learn.
The next morning Brandon was trying to sneak out of our room at the crazy hour of 4:45 or something. He couldn’t wait to go fishing. I crept out after him and literally gasped when I looked out toward the dock and saw the sun swelling up just ready to burst over the horizon. I grabbed my camera and nearly ran out to get pictures and take it in. It was so serene and stunning, we couldn’t help but get up at least by 5 am every morning to catch each sunrise. It’s dumb, I’m sure–we should have been sleeping in on vacation–but we don’t get to see that kind of glory every day and in our minds, it was worth it. Every day boasted a different sky, each sunrise and sunset entirely new. It was pretty incredible and I relished the early morning quiet, reading, sipping coffee, knitting to the quiet sounds of the lake.