My favorite place on earth – Tuloumne Family Camp – burned down two years ago.
I was devastated. My family has so many memories of this special place. Here’s my son jumping off a rock into that same swimming hole shown in the smoldering photo above:
In a burst of serendipity, my family ended up going on a very long trip last summer, so we hopscotched over the issue of what we would do now that camp was gone. However, the issue loomed large this summer. The City of Berkeley gently suggested another family camp – Echo Lake – for the Tuolumne Diaspora, but I wasn’t sure if I could bring myself to go. Tuolumne had been so special to me, and I knew that Echo Lake just wouldn’t be the same.
One of the moms in the other families we vacation with snapped me out of it. “We’re going,” she informed me. “And I’m forcing you.”
We went. And while it wasn’t the same, it was good for now.
The silver lining was that my kids got to do some pretty cool things.
But I’m still mourning the loss of my favorite place.
What’s your favorite place of all time? (And I have to ask – what would you do if it got destroyed?)