Indian Summer

Turn off the news, sit back, and reflect on your summer vacation. The whole secret of enjoying vacations lies in knowing when to do it. Of course only a tyro would try to enjoy a vacation while he was enduring it. Some unusual friends of ours drove twelve thousand miles in eight weeks with three talented, inquisitive, precocious children, camping as they went. This tour de force of togetherness presumably had the classic quality of Men Against the Sea (though I believe the Bounty’s boat became less crowded as it lost passengers). When these folks can bring themselves to talk about their trip their enjoyment will begin. You know what you had to go through this summer: traffic, heat, expense, gnats, sand, expense, rain, whining children.… You can imagine how unnerved a vacationer could become by expecting to enjoy a day of combat behind the wheel or a night of fatigue on a camp cot designed to give new meaning to the phrase “sacked in.”

No, the time to enjoy vacations is two to three months after they are over. While the sales manager is explaining the new line let your mind glide back to that lake. Your line isn’t snagged in lakeweed, and the one respectable bass that you caught is just nibbling.…

I had anticipated my last vacation with more foreboding than usual: the camp was a thousand miles away and situated in the north woods. You know what civilized man can expect when he flings away centuries of culture and leaves power steering for pre-plumbing primitivism.

But at the end of the impassable road I found a modern camp, a cabin with all the luxuries of civilization, and superlative Christian fellowship.

Now I remember the friends, the fireplace, the northern lights, and the rainbow. Especially the rainbow. It ...

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