2002 was the year that my son graduated from High School. We went to the cabin in Lake Tahoe that summer as a family. Just the four of us. No friends in tow. Our little family went on one last vacation before my son went off to college and my daughter got married.
There isn't much to say about that trip that hasn't been said countless times before. If I haven't convinced you that Lake Tahoe is a special place to our family yet, I'm probably never going to.
The Lake was as gorgeous as ever:
My daughter and I fit in one towel together even though I hadn't lost my 30 pounds yet:
And our golden retriever wore herself out swimming to the point of putting herself to bed in the raft:
10 days as a family on our last "family of four" vacation.....$796.00
In October of that year, Hubby and I went to the Grand Canyon for 5 days. Our son had just started college and we were exercising our freedom as semi-empty-nesters with a fall trip.
We stayed in a camping cabin in a KOA outside of Williams. While we were there, fall decided to truly arrive and we were greeted to snow one morning.
We hiked down into the canyon about a mile. While it was cold at the top, even a mile down it was significantly warmer. We had breakfast at the old lodge. We took a bus tour complete with a narrative of the history of the canyon.
5 days of fun of relaxation: $333.00