August 2013

August 2013 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo

Last month I was lucky enough to join family friends on a trip to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. I spent a long weekend on pink sand beaches and at the famed Atlantis Resort where, if you sneeze, it costs you about $17, with 15 percent added gratuity for your convenience.

They say the key to a happy life is diversity in experience (I made that up), so for my next vacation, something completely different. I will spend the first few days of August in the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

In stark contrast to the California king bed at a four-star hotel, there will be a 10×15-ft. tent with an inflatable air mattress. Instead of a quick stroll to Starbucks to get a venti mocha cappuccino, there will be a 25-minute wait for the water to get hot enough over the fire to brew weak coffee (with the grounds mixed in for good measure) with powdered “milk” for creamer.

But wait, there’s more. For dinner, we’ll enjoy Uncle Matt’s Chicken Mush-Mush, a delectable mixture of chicken, rice and cheese that is slowly heated in a large pot over a campfire until warm. It’s actually better than dinner at Nobu. No, really. It is. Instead of swimming with dolphins, I’ll be dining with chipmunks and listening to loons call. Making s’mores around the campfire will replace gambling in the casino.

I can honestly say that I am just as happy in the islands of the Bahamas as I am in the mountains of New York State. Ultimately, no matter where you choose to vacation this summer, what it really is about is experiencing new things with the people you love. Make the most of your time together before the kids go back to school and the world gets back to work.

Safe travels to all. See you in September!

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