Yesterday we spent the day at a local tourist getaway, Valens Conservation Area. Located between Hamilton and Cambridge, it has a small beach, lots of camping sites, barbeque pits and hiking trails galore. The perfect place to spend a gorgeous summer day. We were invited by my best friend, who was camping with her godson and friends, to come out for the day to enjoy the conservation area's natural beauty. So we packed a lunch, grabbed our swimsuits, bug spray and sunscreen and jumped into Vannicus Maximus (my name for our minivan). Needless to say, we had a fantastic day swimming, hiking, fishing and enjoying camping life. A campfire and S'mores rounded out the day and we climbed back into the van for the voyage back to reality, sunburned, dirty and gleefully bone-tired.