Friday, June 29, 2012

I MADE MY PEACE WITH IT


We have been going to Mammoth Lakes, CA for one week each summer for 18 years now. There are a lot of things I love about tradition. Earlier this year we talked about whether or not we should continue to go. With my COPD I have been more cabin bound over the years. I haven't really minded because I sit and read all day long. Mark on the other hand has hiked just about every trail over and over again, most of the time alone unless the kids came up for a visit.

So we decided to ask the kids what they thought. Both couples thought it was time for us to move on. My heart was a little broken but I understood the decision. I was praying that like most traditions as time goes on they begin to involve grandchildren. Well we have a long wait on that one!

I told Mark that I thought we should write a letter to Wood's Lodge and explain some things to them. You know there are people who continue their tradition and often it is a long waiting list to get into one of the cabins. We have stayed there for at least 10 years. So I wrote a letter explaining how much we love it but also the fact that since we are so high up the mountain it has become difficult for me to leave the cabin.  There are some cabins closer to the lake and more accessible to flat walking around the lake and camp grounds nearby. I wanted him to know how much we enjoyed our stay with them.

So I made my peace with this decision and began to get excited for something new. We talked about spending a few days in Carmel, CA which I have never been to and also spending a few days in King's Canyon National Park to enjoy the Sequoia trees.  Yes I have seen Sequoias in other parks but not at King's Canyon. So we started researching places to stay.  Since I have been in a beach mood lately I really wanted to stay by the water.  We started to have conflicting ideas and having words about it.

Well we ended up receiving a letter in the mail from Wood's Lodge letting us know about one of the cabins closer to the lake that is available on Saturday June 30th. I would be able to do some walking which I am excited about. We may even fish again since we will be closer to the water. I could never get back up that hill. It even got harder for Mark. We are around 9,200 ft elevation at Wood's Lodge in the High Sierras.

So I pointed out to Mark that it wouldn't change things for him, he would still have the same old trails to hike and that I was rather excited about our new adventures. Well he is pumped about going in early July compared to August. This year should be fine since it was mild Winter. Normally August is the warmest which is nice for the High Sierras. Last year in July our normal cabin wasn't even open, it was still totally covered in snow!  Anyway, we are going again giving it one more try.

I know this is hard to read but we have been staying in cabin 6 for many years now. (over on the left side of the map) Now we will be in cabin 19 on the right side of the map closer to the lake. Now I know you can't see a big difference here on the map but let me tell you it is a huge difference. Cabin 6 is straight up a steep incline from the water. It was even hard on the kids to climb up it!

So off we go tomorrow to our new week in Mammoth Lakes.  Oh and the other thing that is nice is now we are in a Saturday to Saturday rental. Cabin six was a Sunday to Sunday so Mark is happy to have the extra day before going back to work. You can view our photos from previous posts here: MAMMOTH LAKES, CA  (I may not have phone service or internet service unless I go to town so if you don't hear from me you just assume I'm having fun!)

Have I made peace with this change?  I will let you know!




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28 comments:

Terra said...

I am so excited for you, how you reluctantly decided to not vacation in your time honored location, wrote the letter, and in response a cabin right near the lake opened up for you. I sense God's hand in this. Have fun.

nancygrayce said...

I hope you have a really great time! We often disagree on where we want to go and I just as often give in.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This is wonderful - I hope you both enjoy the trip! How fun :-)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Hope you're both able to enjoy your trip and that this is the start of a new tradition!

Garden of Egan said...

That sounds so great!!!!! Glad things will be easier for you.
I look forward to pictures on all those adventures.

Mara said...

It sounds like a great way to continue your tradition! Different yet the same! Have a great week!!

Trennia said...

Sounds wonderful!
Have a wonderful safe weekend,love you!

That corgi :) said...

Sounds great Debby that you'll be able to get outside and enjoy nature with this change of cabin! Have a great wonderful time!

betty

Joanne said...

It seems that it is a change for the better and you still will enjoy such a beautiful place. Enjoy enjoy!!!
Blessings, Joanne

Pam Lofton said...

It's so hard to change something that has become tradition. At least it is for me. But it sounds like y'all are going to only have a little change! Which is nice. I clicked the map and looked at the two cabins- it does look like 19 will be better as far as 'slopeage' goes. LOL My husband would have gone to Carmel though. He used to live there and would give just about anything to live there again. I told him the door is always open for him to do just that. :) Have a marvelous time! And take loads of pictures!

Kansas Bob said...

What a great story Debby! So glad that you got the other cabin! Have fun!

Stephanie said...

Oh I am excited for you!! I hope you enjoy every minute :) (sometimes is a little change is fun)

Sonya said...

I love that they replied back and had something better available for you! Enjoy!

Stacy said...

This sounds like a case of change being good. Have a wonderful time at the lake!

Chatty Crone said...

Changes are good things Debby. I am hoping you and your husband a WONDERFUL trip! sandie

Caroline said...

Hoping you have a wonderful time. I know changes are hard but it all sounds so wonderful. Enjoy !!

Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness said...

Sounds like the change was meant to be :)

Mrs4444 said...

Sounds like you have a healthy relationship. I also like that your heart was open to change. Have a wonderful time! :)

Pen Pen said...

Aww, it was meant to be!! Enjoy your time at the lake!

Deb said...

Have a great time!

Positively Alene said...

Love it! Have a great time. I'm jealous I'm not going . . .

misssrobin said...

I hope it is wonderful for you! How great that they were able to accomodate your needs. Have a fabulous week.

Stopping by from SITS.

Emily said...

I'm so glad you'll get to go again, and I hope the new cabin brings on a wonderful, new tradition!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I am thrilled that you can do this....with just a slight modification. I hope you have an awesome time. How exciting...and a new twist to an old tradition.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Well, so glad that worked out and hopefully it will be a fun time for you. We'll look forward to seeing photos and hearing all about it. Blessings!

Joyce said...

It looks beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful time!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I'm so excited for you! God was shining down on you to have a new place but with the old place all in one! What a great experience and so nice for them to write back. That is true customer service.

Can't wait to see your pictures!

Deb said...

Sounds like a great vacation so happy it all worked out

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