Travel on holiday weekends: not fun
Wednesday was a low-energy day if there ever was one. Maybe it was the fact that it was so steaming hot outside. Or maybe it was because I was at the halfway point of my week off. Whatever the case, I spent most of the day trying to muster up the energy to go to the gym, or to go to yoga, and eventually doing nothing at all. Well not totally nothing, as I worked the 8 to midnight shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer. I was on plant watering duty, which is the sort of thing I can more or less muddle through.
Thursday was much more interesting. We made our annual, or sometimes less frequent, trip to Callie’s Candy Kitchen/Pretzel Factory in Pennsylvania. Both establishments are a few miles apart in the Poconos, about 15 minutes off of Interstate 80. The drive there, leaving around 10 am, took about two and a half hours, the route being Long Island Expressway/Grand Central Parkway/Triboro Bridge/George Washington Bridge/I-80. It really wasn’t a bad drive, though since I wasn’t actually driving I wouldn’t have had much basis for complaining 🙂
After stocking up on way too much candy and way too many pretzels, we started the return trip about 3pm. Same route, different direction. And very different timing. Traffic on I-80 was ferociously heavy, with people getting away for the long holiday weekend, but fortunately it was all in the other direction. We breezed right along. Once we got onto the George Washington Bridge, unfortunately, the rest of the trip was basically one big traffic jam. Even the HOV lane on the Expressway was no help. The return trip took about 4:15, a full hour and 45 minutes longer than the morning. Oh, and the worst part … the (obscene) tools, a repulsive $29!
It rained almost all day on Friday, so much for a Fourth of July cookout. Though I’d have to say that takeout from Famous Dave’s BBQ was a very good substitute.