By this point in the summer I am so relaxed that I'm virtually comatose, yet the impending arrival of grade-school guests is enough to push my reset button. Part of the reason I slip back into an A-type frame of mind is that I'm concerned for the young ones' wellbeing. I fear underactive Xbox addicts and TV junkies may be pushed over sanity's edge on this off-the-grid island. On the other hand, I fear that overactive kids (like overactive adults) might unwittingly put themselves in harm's way, considering that my beach house has poison ivy to tumble into, highs bluffs to trip off of, boats to tip over... you get the picture.
How long would it take for nine teens who seem to have stepped out of a High School Musical re-make to morph into Survivor castaways?
On Pictou Island, the answer was about 48 hours.
Before you could say "grab a torch," grime had been embraced. Hair products were discarded (they're useless when your 'do is full of sand, crusted with salt and sprinkled with pine needles); sleeves were hastily severed from t-shirts to create an effect that was shabby without the chic; oh, and underwear became optional. I half expected Jeff Probst to round the corner bearing tribal buffs.
I've discovered that teens are a species best handled in BFF pairs (at beach houses, as in school yards, trios can be tricky) or in big groups -- preferably in the absence of their parents so there are no mixed messages regarding house rules and acceptable levels of behavior. These do's and don'ts will let you learn from my past mistakes.
Dogs can make excellent traveling companions. Nevertheless, I've discovered that "ruffing it" does pose a few challenges. These pointers will help you get a leg up before em-barking.
Some people love travel, some people love pups, and some people love both -- which explains why an increasing number of hotels now promote themselves as being pet-friendly. Even big luxury brands are catering to dog devotees with packages that include everything from "peticures" to "bone-a-petite" dining options (Ritz-Carlton's Central Park location, for one, can provide four-legged guests with gold-plated ID tags and rain-proof Burberry trench coats).
When my mother's family sailed from Holland to New York in 1662, high hopes and a lingering love of cheese weren't the only things they brought with them. They also carried over a conviction that "idle hands do the devil's work," which -- for better or worse -- I seem to have inherited. The "worse" part predominates on vacation since it makes it hard for me to truly leave my job behind. Especially in those first days at the shore when I haven't yet been hypnotized by the sound of lapping waves, I always feel that I must do some work to earn my downtime.
Of the 30 Major League Baseball parks that light up the country every spring and summer, a few stand out for history - Camden Yards and Cal Ripken, Jr., anyone - while others shine for their sparkling new waterfront property, such as Miami's Marlins Park. But then there are those that have fielded the dream team of thrilling views, rich lore and even richer food and drink for the ideal day out. Here they are.
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