And that wasn't even the best part.
We got to work with our hooks and our books, cups of tea and mugs of coffee, shoes that could get dirty, and morning blankets on the porch swing.
There were no hair brushes, no agendas. Heck, there was barely enough cell signal to send a text.
For three days, the only problems that needed solving were a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle, deciding whose turn it was to steer the boat, and choosing which book to read first.
That turned out to be a major problem, but one that was somehow more motivating than frustrating.
But that most certainly was not the best part.
We settled officially on quite a while, because calendars and math had no meaning against a back-drop where every good thing was seen in double.
Then realized we didn't even care.
We ate hot soup around the table with a fifth chair brought over from the desk. We painted, because I suppose that's what your hearts asks of you when you find yourself in a place where so much beauty bangs up against so much quiet.
We snuck wedges of cake. We laughed our heads off, playing games after dark.
Then did it all over again.
But that wasn't the best part.
We drove north.
And we drove, our hearts full of remembering that we are a family, even when the fish won't bite.
We crossed the tracks and our city blazed gold and persimmon.
The kids were running across the yard to see the vecinos before Cory had even killed the engine. They couldn't be bothered with dinner, so we let them play until dusk.
"It feels so good to be home", Calvin said.
And that is the very best part.
We stayed here, and I can't speak of it highly enough. It belongs to my legendary friend, Edie (we all love Edie!) and I adore the grace with which they offer this gem to you and to me. It might take some doing to get there, but it's SO affordable, especially considering you're not going anywhere for a while, once you're there. :)
Stay tuned! I'll be sharing what we ate on vacation (with recipes!) and what I read on vacation later this week. Because a vacation without good food and good books is one I don't care to ever experience.
*half of these pics were taken by the illustrious CMB, aka, The Bearded One. :/