Three years ago, my parents brought me to Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont. On the nine hour drive up there, my family and I discussed the activities we wanted to do off of Smugg’s property — canoeing, horse-back riding, Alpine Slide, etc.
We checked in to the resort, my parents had to persuade me to go to camp with other 14-year-olds that I did not know! After only a few hours I felt as if I had known this group of over 20 teens for years! We hiked, went rock-climbing, swimming, did high-ropes course, played countless games, etc., for the entire week. We were inseperable. Our families met, barbecued together and hiked together as well.
We never did any of the ‘off-property’ activities because we were so busy having fun right there! We go back each year and it’s like a reunion with my friends from all over the northeast United States. My parents even had 14 jof those kids at our home last fall so we would not have to wait an entire year to see one another again!
Life does get busy, but we always plan to take that one week in July each year to vacation with our families and friends at Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont. It started as a vacation, but is now a tradition.
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