We’re spending a few days on the beach. We haven’t been on a vacation since last May, so it was time to load up the new SUV and strike out for someplace we’ve never been. That’s usually how vacations work for us, we try to find a place that we’re both interested in going to, and preferably someplace new. Find a house to rent, or a suitable hotel with the right amenities (not a Super 8 or Motel 6) and use it as ‘home base’ while we explore the countryside or museums or whatnot. We’re both interested in the history of the US Civil War (not the current one, the 19th-century version) and have been to Gettysburg and Antietam in this decade.
‘Christabel’ had been to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware when she was a child. Me, I’d never even been to the state of Delaware. Passed it more than a few times driving to NC or VA, but never been through it. Consequently, it seemed like the right place to go, it was past Labor Day so we’d get a financial break on the room, there’d be fewer people in the area, and most of the local restaurants would still be open. Granted a lot of the tourist’y’ businesses on the boardwalk would more than likely be closed for the season, but since we’re not big aficionados of Skee-ball, it wouldn’t be a huge disappointment. And neither of us are in the market for a tattoo.
Getting here was a bit of a pain since I was driving a new vehicle that I wasn’t completely comfortable with how it all worked. It has a navigation system, but of course, the default was set to ‘Economy’ not ‘Fastest Route’ so when it came time to get us somewhere, it kept sending us on unfamiliar local routes, that were away from the major highways and byways. And that takes time, so we spent about 6 hours in Pennsylvania when at most it should have been 4. Once I finally got the nav system to behave, it got us on the PA Turnpike and that saved a good deal of time and angst. 70 mph will get you where you’re going much faster than two lanes that have 25 & 35 mph zones every time you hit a hamlet.
When we got to Delaware, we stopped at one of the DOT’s rest stops and had a nice walk through the area before getting back on the road. While we were there, we called the hotel we booked to be sure they knew we were coming, and not to give our room away. We didn’t actually hit town until after dark, so it was a little bit of a problem getting to the place, as again the nav system wasn’t well suited for where we were. But between it, Google Maps and a little cursing, we managed to get to the hotel.
It’s been a whirlwind several days. Some ups and downs, and a few headaches along the way, but that’s traveling for you. Yesterday I was feeling a little homesick, and missing my cat, but I know he’s at the spa and probably having a good time with all the other kitties and puppies there. At any rate, we’re headed back to New York tomorrow, and we’ll collect him on Saturday. So we have a little more time here on the coast. Then it’s back to reality.