Last year our drive from Philly to The Cape was a breeze...we arrived around lunchtime, had a great lunch with Grandma, and really managed to get a lot out of that day. This year...no so much. Luck wasn't on our side and we sat in over an hour of traffic near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, and again in Connecticut. We still got to The Cape around 2:30, but it was hot. And we were a little cranky because we had tried to push through without lunch, only to get there after lunch time. But Grandma was ready for us with cheese, crackers, seafood dip, and lobster salad. We went for a swim in the freshwater sand-bottom pond across the street from her house, and then enjoyed a glass of wine and reading on the front lawn when it started to cool off later in the day.
That evening we went to the bay for sunset, but the bugs were biting and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, making it a bit lackluster. We swung by the ocean for a bit before we ran out of light and then called it an early night.
Not an exciting start, but a good relaxing start. I think it set the pace for the rest of the vacation too...mostly relaxing days, and then heading out and finding things to do in the evening. We both really needed the R&R this time around, and I think we succeeded!