Nature—the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful—offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.
We wanted to do snow sports for the abbreviated winter school break, but didn't have much luck finding anything reasonable for a holiday weekend on short notice for this area, so we ended up going up to Treetop Mom's family's home in Maine. It's on the mainland not far from Acadia National Park. We drove up on Friday. Saturday was our chill-out day; we did laundry, made plans, and the boys built a snow fort.
This "recent photo" of kids tubing from the Lapland Lake website is our gang. Top Kid is front and center; Tree Kid (age 7) is on the left in the yellow coat. He just lost a front tooth.