If you were to Google "Best Renaissance Festivals in the US", you would find a plethora of fantastic photos showing Renaissance Festivals rivaling Medieval Times, showered folks with well-fitting costumes, and mugs of fresh, frosty beer in which to partake. This is what we were expecting...
By contrast, this is what we got... lackluster, yes... but there is something to be said for a $7 entry fee and a free "Mexican Dime" from a "Chinese Treasure Box" on your way through the gate. Just go with it...
In short, the Renaissance Faire may have been mediocre and weird but it made for some great pics. We also learned something... while browsing Amazon for our kids' Halloween costumes in the future we will never again wonder why the Legend of Zelda Link costume comes in a variety of adult sizes.
Although we love Vermont, New Hampshire was waiting for us, along with a New England heat wave. Now accustom to the 70 degree days, we almost melted as temperatures climbed into the low 90s. Nevertheless, we did our best to beat the heat and soak up all that New Hampshire's Mount Washington area has to offer!
Hiking, hiking... so much hiking:
1. America's Birthday
2. April's Birthday
3. Summer Camp
It's hard to rank which is most important... but let's just say that it's hard to over-celebrate dropping your kids off for their very first summer camp.
Will they have fun? Will they be excited to go back? Dear God, please let them be excited to go back because we've pre-paid for the month. Will they make friends? What will it be like?
These thoughts and more were put to rest as we pulled up to Camp Beech Cliff and picked up our happy, sweaty, tired campers. Our 5 mile ride back to our campground was full of excited chatter, tales of swimming in the lake, the legendary lake monster, archery, axes and of course, popsicles.
"Oh," said Andrew, "and the best part is... I made a new friend... I have to call him Jackass even though that's not his name. It's a bit weird, I prefer to call him Jack, but the counselors said we need to call him Jackass."
Ummmm.... what is happening?
"Jackass is a real nice kid. Jackass and I swam together today at the dock and Jackass even told me some great jokes."
Mark and April exchanged frightened, silent glances as their brains started to shut down and the fear of a dreaded parent-counselor conference flashed before their eyes.
"How do you spell Jackass?" asked Max.
"It's easy," Andrew said "Jack S."
Here's to the next month in Maine and a budding friendship with Jack S... never have two parents been more happy to discover how to spell another child's name.