We didn’t go away for the weekend. No drive to the mountains or the shore for us this year. We’ve stayed put, right here in HoCo.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to get away and I enjoy that as much as anyone but it’s also nice to opt out of the holiday travel weekend scene. It’s also a lot quieter around here with so many people on the road. According to this story by Benjamin Ford in The Gazette, “AAA Mid Atlantic is projecting that more than 32.1 million travelers nationwide will take a trip for the holiday weekend, up 5.4 percent from last year, as people see encouraging signs in the economy, said Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.”
“Nearly 90 percent of the trips are by car and the average distance traveled will be 626 miles, according to the AAA study.”
Our cars haven’t gone over twenty miles since Friday night.
And while it wouldn’t be accurate to say things are dead in HoCo this weekend, crowds are noticeably lighter within that twenty mile world we’ve seen these past two days.
Yesterday, our community pool was virtually empty though today is was noticeably busier.
After a bike ride this afternoon, Peanut and I stopped by Rita’s on Frederick Road around 1:30 PM today and we were the only ones there. No waiting in line…sweet.
In about an hour we’ll join our neighbors for a little cookout and conversation. The kids will freely roam about in familiar territory and nobody will have to drive home.
The best thing though, is that tomorrow, we won’t have to worry about packing up and getting back on the road. We can sleep as late as we want to.
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