We are still in this never ending season of unemployment. It was a year in February, and it’s been a very long year. We wanted (and needed) to get away for spring break, but we had to make it an inexpensive family getaway.
Inexpensive Family Getaway
In the past, we had vacationed with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews several years in a row, but that changed with my husband’s unemployment. So, I was very excited when my brother-in-law texted me with an invitation for our family to share a huge cabin with them in Pomona, Illinois. This area is set right near the Shawnee National Forest, with many trails for hiking.
I’ll start with the cabin we stayed in, called The Barn. The Barn is one of two rentals with Cornerstone Cabins. It actually was a barn, converted into an amazing home that sleeps 15 people! Plenty of space for our group of 10. They spared no expense when converting this barn into a huge cabin.
One of the many exciting aspects of this trip was actually sharing accommodations with my sister and her family. Though we have vacationed together in the past, we have never shared space with them. The kids had such an awesome time being with their cousins, while I loved getting to spend time with my big sister.
My brother-in-law, mapped out some ideas for places to see each day while we were on the trip. Because
The Shawnee National Forest is so huge, we actually drove to each location and then hiked the trails. The trails were spectacular.
Some of the trails led up to very high cliffs, which were a little scary when the kids felt especially brave. However, the view was so tranquil – I could totally envision yoga!
One of the places we visited is called Cave In Rock State Park, which is still part of the Shawnee National Forest. It was spectacular inside and a great photo opportunity!
A major town right by the Shawnee National Forest is Carbondale, which is the home of Southern Illinois University. That is where we chose to eat most lunches and dinners. The cabin actually had an amazing kitchen, since the owner is a chef and an Organic Farmer, it was very impressive. However, we chose to not spend the time in the kitchen since we were only there for a few days.
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