With these unprecedented times of social distancing, remote learning with our children and shelter-in-place mandates, it gives our family much cherished time to slowdown and reconnect with each other, loved ones, neighbors and of course, nature. Summer brings a hopeful reset button on the current climate and also houses my favorite activities of the season.
“Although in many respects, this situation is terrifying and unsettling, it produces a reset button, gives all of us a fresh look at our lives, at ourselves and how we are truly connected to one another.”
Since the idea of travel may be postponed a bit, I feel grateful for the lakes and trails that are within striking distance of where we live in Truckee-Tahoe. I feel a sense of calm surrounded by this abundance of natural beauty and exploration. I’m most looking forward to being able to spend more time outdoors either hiking new trails or relaxing on a sandy beach on Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. Specifically, in mid-August, our family enjoys a staycation at a family-owned lakeside resort in Tahoe Vista. This will be our 6th year waking up lakeside and having a full day at the beach. Nights are spent making smores and lying on the beach watching the meteor shows which are prevalent during that time of the season. What I’m most looking forward to is reconnecting with friends and locals. Summer cannot come quick enough!
This new ‘normal’ we are experiencing produces a ton of emotions for me as I’m certain for everyone. Although in many respects, this situation is terrifying and unsettling, it produces a reset button, gives all of us a fresh look at our lives, at ourselves and how we are truly connected to one another. This has given me a lot of empathy towards others and feelings of utter gratitude for what we do have and where we live. Our world has essentially stopped for this moment and this gift of uninterrupted time with family has been welcomed and incredibly special. My mind tends to wander into dark places with the news. The online reporting is constant, keeping us on our toes and on high alert, therefore, having my family around, especially young kids, helps keep things light and fun. Reminding us of what is truly important and where my energy is best spent…with them and in nature.