It’s Vacation Time You Know … Chill Out!

 

My paternal Grandfather used to recite poems from memory and one of his (and our) favorite poems was called Vacation Time by Mary B. Rheinfeldt (from a children’s Reader). Its memorable line is … “It’s Vacation Time, you know, I don’t think folks ought to mind things so.”

And so be it. America loves its vacations. And one of the absolute best ways to chill out is on a family vacation at the lake! I’m sure that everyone has their favorite lake, as does the Columbo family. Ours is Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire. It is located in the ‘Lakes Region’ of the state and measures approximately 21 miles long and from 1 to 9 miles wide. One of its towns, Wolfeboro, bills itself as the “Oldest Summer Resort in America.” It is also home to one of Mitt Romney’s many houses (but I digress). It is surrounded by the scenic Presidential Range of the White Mountains.

On lake vacations, it is relaxed. Everything seems to slow down … and even moreso than on beach vacations. I’m not sure why but this just seems to be. The activities seem so similar … boating, beach, tennis, books, swimming, tubing, water skiing, golf, biking, hiking, beer breweries, wineries, ice cream … but there is something about the calm of a lake in the morning, evening and throughout the day. We eat “in” much more than “out.” The grill is on almost every night. There are cards, board games, Jackbox, sports on TV. There is sleeping in and hardly any schedules or places to be. You make it up as you go each day.

The sunrises (if anyone is up) and sunsets are gorgeous.

The view from the mountain tops are amazing. God’s handiwork of mountains, lakes, lush greenery …

The memories are deep and lasting. Great stories are told as we tried to make each other laugh and outdo each other on making memories and making sure to get your picture on the wall of the collage for the Summer of that year. We watched children and cousins grow up together and become the best of friends for life. There were costumes and karaoke. Sand castles and picnics. There were bonfires at night with stories told and retold. Much laughter which is good for the soul. And the putt-putt golf competition at Pirates Cove each year was fierce.

Our first Summer vacation there was in 1990. Only a few years were missed since then. The kids (who aren’t kids any longer) are not all able to return each year any longer, but we rejoice at whoever can make it. This year will also record a very notable first. We will have a fourth generation vacationer at the lake this year for the first time! Princess Lucy will begin to make her own new memories for herself and all of us.

I suspect that the odds are high that she’ll make the picture collage to commemorate the Summer of 2019.

So … Chill Out! It’s vacation time you know, and I don’t think folks ought to mind things so.

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There are 16 comments.

  1. She Thatcher
    She

    Fond memories of Lake Winnipesaukee from a year in New England in the early 1960s. A friend of ours had a cabin up there, and a boat. It’s beautiful.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 4:48 AM PDT
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  2. EB Thatcher
    EB

    Beautiful pictures!

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    • July 23, 2019, at 8:28 AM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    It looks and sounds wonderful!! We never had big family gatherings, and although I’ve had some folks say they were not so good, yours sound lovely. Thanks for taking us there, @columbo!

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    • July 23, 2019, at 8:48 AM PDT
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  4. Max Ledoux Admin

    You know, I live in a town that is on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 7:18 PM PDT
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  5. EB Thatcher
    EB

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    You know, I live in a town that is on Lake Winnipesaukee.

    Lucky you!

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    • July 23, 2019, at 7:46 PM PDT
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  6. Max Ledoux Admin

    EB (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    You know, I live in a town that is on Lake Winnipesaukee.

    Lucky you!

    Truly. I live in paradise. It’s what keeps me sane when the website breaks. :-D

    Basically I’m on permanent vacation.

     

    Here’s my back yard from the other day when I friend was visiting. I made a table so we could sit outside. I only spent about an hour on it before he arrived so the tabletop was still uneven (you can see on the end) but I’ve since corrected that and also stained it:

     

    Oh, but we were talking about Winnipesaukee, not my table.

     

    Winnipesaukee in Winter

    This below is actually Squam Lake, but you wouldn’t know that unless I told you. Whoops.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 8:17 PM PDT
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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Summer vacation, a respite from the heat, temperature or otherwise.

    This is part of our July theme series, in which you are invited to tell us how to “Chill Out!” Do click the link and sign up to share your own cool post.

    We have a few open days, including a couple of past days that were unfilled. I think I hear Vanilla Ice warming up. Oh, wait, is that David Lee Roth I see in an ice cream man suit?

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    • July 23, 2019, at 9:56 PM PDT
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  8. Columbo Member
    Columbo Post author

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    You know, I live in a town that is on Lake Winnipesaukee.

    Lucky you!

    Truly. I live in paradise. It’s what keeps me sane when the website breaks. :-D

    Basically I’m on permanent vacation.

    Here’s my back yard from the other day when I friend was visiting. I made a table so we could sit outside. I only spent about an hour on it before he arrived so the tabletop was still uneven (you can see on the end) but I’ve since corrected that and also stained it:

    Oh, but we were talking about Winnipesaukee, not my table.

    Winnipesaukee in Winter

    This below is actually Squam Lake, but you wouldn’t know that unless I told you. Whoops.

    Is the skunk gone?

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    • July 24, 2019, at 4:56 AM PDT
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  9. Columbo Member
    Columbo Post author

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    You know, I live in a town that is on Lake Winnipesaukee.

    Lucky you!

    Truly. I live in paradise. It’s what keeps me sane when the website breaks. :-D

    Basically I’m on permanent vacation.

     

    Here’s my back yard from the other day when I friend was visiting. I made a table so we could sit outside. I only spent about an hour on it before he arrived so the tabletop was still uneven (you can see on the end) but I’ve since corrected that and also stained it:

     

    Oh, but we were talking about Winnipesaukee, not my table.

     

    Winnipesaukee in Winter

    This below is actually Squam Lake, but you wouldn’t know that unless I told you. Whoops.

    And the movie On Golden Pond was filmed on Squam Lake

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    • July 24, 2019, at 7:09 AM PDT
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  10. Max Ledoux Admin

    Columbo (View Comment):
    Is the skunk gone?

    Yes. 

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    • July 24, 2019, at 8:10 AM PDT
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  11. Columbo Member
    Columbo Post author

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):
    Is the skunk gone?

    Yes.

    Your expert friend on the phone with Skunk 1 told you explicitly not to do this!

    Didn’t you read A Fish Out Of Water?

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    • July 24, 2019, at 10:45 AM PDT
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  12. MarciN Member

    My aunt owned a house in Wolfeboro. I know the area well and love every square inch of it. My husband and I used to vacation up there with our kids before we moved to Cape Cod. It’s my next favorite place. We debated a long time as to whether to move up to the White Mountains or down (from Boston) to Cape Cod.

    I agree with you about the difference between being on a serene lake and being on the ocean. You expressed it beautifully.

    By the way, Ossipee is a gorgeous day trip starting out from Wolfeboro. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the Lakes Region, and when we went, our kids went horseback riding there. The view is beyond-belief spectacular.

    Enjoy your vacation and your newest family member. :-)

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    • July 24, 2019, at 10:46 AM PDT
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  13. Max Ledoux Admin

    Ossipee is also redneck central. 

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    • July 24, 2019, at 4:19 PM PDT
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  14. MarciN Member

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Ossipee is also redneck central.

    I did not know that. That’s funny. We visited only the Castle in the Clouds

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    • July 24, 2019, at 10:16 PM PDT
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  15. Max Ledoux Admin

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Ossipee is also redneck central.

    I did not know that. That’s funny. We visited only the Castle in the Clouds.

    That’s in Moultonborough, about ten minutes from my house. 

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    • July 24, 2019, at 10:30 PM PDT
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  16. MarciN Member

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Ossipee is also redneck central.

    I did not know that. That’s funny. We visited only the Castle in the Clouds.

    That’s in Moultonborough, about ten minutes from my house.

    I’ve been wondering if you near Moultonborough. The views you’ve shown from your house look a little like the view I remember from the Castle in the Clouds. Just beautiful. 

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    • July 25, 2019, at 2:22 PM PDT
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