When our family could not afford to go away on a summer vacation when I was young, the ultimate day trip for me and my friends was the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. We would spend all day at the beach, body surfing and using baby oil to tan. We would then wander up to the arcade to play air hockey and share a candied caramel apple. The thrill for the day was riding the giant roller coaster. We would stay until dusk and enjoy the beach concert on the sand listening to one of our local, favorite rock bands. While the summer temperatures stayed humid and hot into the night, we would then dare each other to hop the fence of neighboring motels and cool off in their pools. We would end up visiting five or six pools, laughing our way, trying to cool off and not get caught. What a perfect day full of water, sun, candy, music, games, rides and “pool hopping.” Those kind of days remind me of how God wants us to be, full of wonder, awe and playfulness.