Going on vacation almost always leaves me feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. The drive back from June Lake included the beautiful green meadows and majestic mountains of Yosemite National Park and sparkling blue water of the Merced River. As we drove by this beautiful scenery, I reflected upon what it is about vacation that is so healing. This vacation to June Lake for the 4th of July holiday, it was getting back to the basics. I used my phone to take pictures but otherwise spent very little screen time checking emails, texts, or phone calls. My family and I spent a whole day at the beach. My kids played in the sand and made sandcastles, dug holes and splashed their feet in the water. My husband went fishing on the shoreline. I challenged myself to go paddle boarding for the first time and only fell a couple of times. Paddle boarding is a good workout! I said a silent prayer for my Uncle Bobby who passed away last week, as we walked the Parker Lake trail. We ate simple meals, slept in a one-bedroom motel room, got plenty of sunshine and enjoyed talking with friends and family. I am grateful for this five-day trip which taught me that getting back to the basics helps to simplify a sometimes complicated life. How can you get back to the basics today?