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CapeMay and Raystown Lake The Vacations We Share With Our Kids

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the summer, my wife and I enjoy going to Cape May in New Jersey. We’ve been going there every summer for the last 10 years. When my daughter, Emily, and my son, Alex, were 2 and 3 years old, we took them to Cape May for the first time. We enjoyed seeing their surprise at the vast ocean and watching them jump in the waves. The beach has never been an extravagant vacation for us, but it’s more about taking our kids somewhere that we’ve enjoyed going for many years.

there once because we’re also going to the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this summer. Recently, Gatlinburg was on the national news because of wildfires that caused many chalets to go up in flames. Luckily, many of the main attractions are still there, though, and the town is in the process of rebuilding itself. We’re anxious to go down there and see what they still have, and we’re excited to go hiking.

beach or the mountains, we love being outdoors.

Yellowstone in Wyoming is one vacation destination that we would love to explore in the future. I think Emily and Alex would enjoy seeing the wildlife, as well as Old Faithful. Closer to home, though, we also enjoy going to Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania. When I was growing up, I spent many summer weekends with my parents at Raystown Lake. It’s a neat spot because it’s tucked up in the woods, and we get to sit around a campfire and do more of those traditional camping activities. Just like Cape May, it was fun to go to Raystown Lake with our kids for the first time and share with them everything I enjoyed as a kid. As a parent, it doesn’t get much better than that.

At Cape May, both kids love jumping in the ocean and negotiating with the waves. At 2 and 3, they were knocked down by the waves more frequently, but now that they’re older, they are more successful at

In general, I think it’s good practice to get away and recharge your batteries. There definitely are moments when early vacations with your kids are more about them and less about you. Sometimes,

“At Cape May, both kids love jumping in the ocean and negotiating with the waves. At 2 and 3 , they were knocked down by the waves more frequently, but now that they’re older, they are more successful at making it into the water.”

making it into the water. As soon as we get to the beach, we usually spend the entire morning building a sandcastle as a family before watching the waves knock it down. Then, my daughter, Emily will look for seashells along the shore. She’s always loved collecting seashells.

you’ll come back with young kids and feel like you need a vacation from your vacation, but seeing your kids live those experiences for the first time makes up for that. Now, we do get to recharge during vacations for the most part, and we definitely appreciate them.

– Michael M Gilbert, DPT

We try to get out to Cape May at least once or twice a year. This year, we’ll only make it out

One of our dream trips is to go visit the big national parks out west. Whether we go to the

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