Every August we would drive up from Chicago to northern Wisconsin (Door County) for our summer vacation. Those vacations are my favorite memories from childhood.
My parents rented a cabin right on the lake.
My brother and I would play outside all day. Most of the time we'd also go exploring in the woods surrounding the lake building forts and stubbing our knees. We'd go swimming in the lake and once we were older we also went water skiing. In the evenings we'd roast marshmellows and make s'mores by a campfire.
I never developed an interest in water sports, but I did learn to love the outdoors, a passion which is still with me today.