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July 22, 2009

posted by soe 9:50 am

Rudi and I are heading out on vacation today. So what are we doing right now? Cleaning? Packing? Buying the cats some more food and litter?


We’re watching the Tour de France.

We’ll get to those all-important pre-trip tasks soon, as well as a stop by the garden, the library, and a couple spots to drop off Michael’s posters and postcards. (In D.C.? Go see his play Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at Redrum at Fort Fringe. You’ll laugh. You’ll feel smart. You’ll think it’s much better than Cats.)

But our first day of vacation will be a relaxed one. We’re only planning to go as far as Princeton, N.J., this evening, so we can wander about town tonight and then backtrack a smidge to the Grounds for Sculpture. Tomorrow evening is our first real appointment, when we have New York City dinner plans with Erik and maybe a couple of other friends.

Friday we’ll head upstate. We’re hoping to spend some time with my college roommate, but if that doesn’t work out, there’s still bike riding and wandering about Dutchess County.

Saturday, we head up to the folk festival. Shelley and Mike weren’t able to camp the whole weekend this year, and we’ve had a couple years in a row of torrential rains (plus hail, fire, and tornado) which made us think a year of doing a daytrip might be in order. The fact we aren’t camping should guarantee the festival beautiful, picture-perfect weather for the whole weekend.

Sunday, we’ll be at my folks and hope to head a bit further east to catch up with Karen and meet Marshall if they’re feeling up for a visit. If not, some more family time and bike riding will give us a relaxing conclusion to our holiday before we head south again on Monday.

But, in the meantime, we have another 19 kilometers of today’s Tour de France stage to go.

Category: travel. There is/are 6 Comments.

Ohh, that restaurant sounds very cool! Yum!

Have a great time! I just picked up a bunch of books for my vacation in 2.5(!!!) weeks and am really trying to NOT read them before then. I should make Paul hide them or something…

Have fun!

Comment by Jenn 07.22.09 @ 1:19 pm

Thanks, Jenn! I just asked Rudi if he thought four books was too many for a five day trip. As I’m 2/3 of the way through one and the others are all YA books, I’m a bit concerned. Oh well… I might just have to go book shopping while on vacation!

The one drawback to our relaxed plan — which my mother, if no one else, will have identified long before now — is that it’s 2:30 and we’re still here (and not ready to leave) and rush hour is imminent (D.C. rush hour is 3-7 p.m.). Oops…

Comment by soe 07.22.09 @ 1:40 pm

I think vacation book shopping is definitely going to be in order – you’ll have those done by tomorrow 😉

Wow, that’s way too long for rush hour. Bleck! Good luck!!

Comment by Jenn 07.22.09 @ 2:43 pm

I love Grounds for Sculpture, and I’m sure you guys will/did too! I’ve been wanting to take my girlfriend there the next time she comes to NJ with me and we have enough time (not sure when those two events will intersect, though).

Comment by caroline 07.28.09 @ 4:04 pm

@Jenn: I bought another book on our way out of town — at Rudi’s suggestion. But I didn’t have enough reading time…

Comment by soe 07.30.09 @ 2:14 am

@caroline: We did love it! I’ll be writing up a post this week about it. I hope you and your girlfriend make it there soon!

Comment by soe 07.30.09 @ 2:16 am