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I also want to mention my daughters article on Gilded Gears – Victorian Jewelry with a twist – that was in our local newspaper on Sunday. Her is a link to the article – Avon Sisters Start Jewelry Business
In the middle of August this homeschool mother’s thoughts turn toward – vacations? Yes, it’s true. For many years we’ve vacationed the first two weeks of September.
Lest you think we’ve completely lost our minds, we usually begin school the middle of August. After two weeks I find that I know what needs to be tweaked in our schedule and curriculum choices. Those two weeks have been a nice time to “try” out our plan. Then I have two weeks of vacation to mull over, and discuss with my husband, what changes need to be made, how to make them, and opportunities to get his valuable input. It’s nice to know that when the school year begins mid-August, we all know it’s only for two weeks – then its vacation time! Somehow that always makes starting easier for all of us.
We’ve found September to be an ideal time of year to travel. Labor Day weekend is usually busy, so we plan those as travel days or days to stop and spend with friends on the way to our destination. After Labor Day everyone goes home, and we are left to enjoy what we’ve planned, minus the crowds. Many National Parks are almost empty. We were once the only campers at the campground at the Black Hills. Imagine no lines in the bathrooms or showers, quiet evenings around the campfire, and freedom to roam wherever we want. Not to mention the end-of-season sales!
We enjoy the solitude of the less busy time of year. In addition, it’s usually a bit cooler, which always makes travel with a family a bit easier.
So while most people we know are back at school we’ve been getting ready for our fall vacation. Are children are all adults now, but we still have three at home in various stages of study and/or work. We all still try to keep the first two weeks of September open. Last year Eric was in the middle of a class, but he spent hours in the van studying during travel time and with diligence he was able to keep up with his classes and lessons. This year his next class doesn’t start until mid-October so he’ll be free to enjoy his camping trip.
Eric in the BWCA 2004
This year we have had to lay aside our usual 4000 mile car trip because we have a 12 week old puppy that might not enjoy so much car time. He’s been very good riding for up to an hour in his kennel, however we don’t want to risk making his dislike it due to one of our 12 hour travel days.
We’ve decided to spend some time in our own state of MN this year. We’ll start by going to the Minnesota/Canadian border for a couple of days, then to Tofte, MN on the North Shore of Lake Superior. There the girls and puppy will settle in to a very nice pet friendly motel and the guys will leave for a week of wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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