Nine children, ages 2 to 13, climbed up the hill from the Lake Michigan beach to the rented villa at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI. They had a very busy morning of playing in the tall grasses, building forts with old branches and weaving grasses together for the sides then jumping in the frigid water to cool off. Ah, the creativity when the TV and ipods and video games are turned off is amazing.
We parents relaxed on the beach, strolling to the water’s edge, then wandering to see the kid’s project in creation, enjoying the slow weekend. Blue Harbor was a fabulous nearby family getaway–only a 2 hour drive, where we could enjoy the beach in the morning, the indoor water park in the rainy afternoon, and sneaking to the outdoor pool when the sun reappeared.
We had as much fun as the kids on the twisty slides, racing each other on tubes and without. When the bell sounded, everyone hustled to stand under the boat where 1000 lbs of water would dump on our heads. And then finishing the waterpark time with a stint in the hot tub.
We had fascinating evening weather–enjoying cocktails on our deck while there were lightening storms where the horizon joined the water, clouds miraculously appearing as the thunder rumbled, then streaks of lightning crashing down to the waves. After several hours of this fascinating sky, an orange orb cautiously arose from the water, peeking behind the clouds, then the moon lit the beach as it finally rested proudly above the receding clouds.
Having vacationed with the other 2 families before, we easily shared the food and drink preparation throughout the weekend. It was great to have an extended time to spend with each other, catching up. While running one morning, Sara and I saw many fisherman with their recent catches laid out on the dock for purchase.
On our departure we shared a picnic of all the leftover food in a park, donning sweatshirts and hoping to avoid the raindrops. We then started to plan for next year, hoping to explore the town more. C