This morning I woke up in my bed, a few kiddos had slipped in requesting cartoons with raspy voices, asking for breakfast and feeling the same way I was feeling. Sad.
This past week at Trail West in Colorado was the best week we've ever had. And now it's over.
There's a reality of vacation ending when the return to work and mundane responsibilities are implemented.
But this is more than just a vacation, way more. There's something special about this place tucked into the mountains with a staff and crew readily waiting to love and bless your family.
The phrase "family camp" sounds cheesy, not fun, and for many before they experience the adventure, a waste of time.
I would say that all who go would agree, it's a trip and an experience that brings adventure, rest, joy, reflection and so much more.
Our adventure began early in the morning, meeting a few other families and covering 4 states with 10 kids in 12 hours.
Without a doubt my favorite part. We rose early with a few other families and hopped in a wagon, rode to a clearing where breakfast was being prepared over a campfire. And something about the quiet of the mountains early morning and the French toast flipping, little ones giggling and playing, we knew this will be the memory we would miss once it's gone.
40 families each gathered at round tables for family style meals. It's loud, it's messy, it's delicious.
And we miss it already.
For a morning we got to spend time in the Frontier camp's hot springs pool. We swam for hours while kids played, daddies played frisbee golf, and mamas talked.
High Ropes Course
With her daddy by her side.
It was more than just a vacation.
And as our car pulled away in the early morning hours to return home tears filled our eyes. Not because we didn't want to come home but because the place we allowed our hearts and minds to camp in for a week was over.
Colorado, we'll see you next year.