Six suitcases, neatly lined in a row.
Six SIGGs filled with organic lemonade for the 4 hour car ride.
One jar of organic, locally roasted and produced toffee peanut butter.
One box of HFCS-free, organic crackers.
Fresh, handpicked blueberries.
Football, poker chips, boogie boards, sand buckets, umbrella, golf clubs, five iPods, an entire bag of library books, countless DVDs, books, one holey and yet well loved "blankie", three pillows for sleepy pre-teens and a bottle of motrin for the parents.
Two home canned jars of blueberry cherry nutmeg preserves - a gift for grandma.
Tires on mini-van inflated to proper PSI, air-filter cleaned, oil changed - all crucial for excellent gas mileage according to the eco 'burban dad.
We're outta here! Off to Grandma's summer house on Lake Michigan. Sand. Waves. A 130 bluff (scary!). Seeing the stars free of the city lights. A tree house. Bald eagles nesting in the trees. Deer. Maybe some bears. Definitely some raccoons, owls, possums hanging upside down from trees, Petosky stones, skipping rocks and chopping wood.
Vacation. See ya. And yes, the picture is real.