Saturday the 23rd was the big party. It was held at the DuPont Country club, which is quite a nice venue (no surprise there when old money is involved!) My Grandmother was not nearly as stressed this year- for my parents anniversary last year she worked herself up so much she didn’t really enjoy the party. This year I think she had a good time. Happy number 88! We were seated with a variety of interesting folk, including some neighbors of my parents who are avid film buffs. Some time I would like to see the basement-coversion home theater that they have.
Sunday morning we hopped the Amtrak to NYC. A quick transfer onto the Long Island RR got us out to Valley Stream and Judith. Plus Marshall (AKA Mars Hallifax, AKA Serial killer). Plus the kids. Tam had never met Marshall before, and the kids were new for both of us. Holly made it down later that afternoon, and we managed to convince her (and eventually even Judith!) to try out the slack-line Marshall had set up. Much fun! Being blind does not slow the kids down, and Bradon plays a mean game of Wii boxing.
After an overnight in a local hotel, we said goodbye to Holly, and hopped the train south. It was a day of Mucho public transport. Long Island RR to Penn Station where we rushed to the NJ Transit (3 minute window!) to catch the train to Trenton. There we had a 45 minute wait (enough for lunch) then caught SEPTA down to center city Philly. We stopped off for shopping in Chinatown and the Reading Terminal market, then got back on the train to Rose Valley to spend the evening with the Clarks’. Plus of course a quick stop by the comic shop to restock on Girl Genius, BRPD, and a variety of graphic novels. Much to our (and his!) surprise we ran into Trent who was working at the shop. It’s fun to meet someone unexpectedly after 11 years! Nice gobsmacked look, too. 🙂
Tuesday morning we took the train back down to WIlmington, though the train we were on only made it as far as Marcus Hook, so my parents had to drive an extra 10 minutes to pick us up. We decided to stay and extra day at my parents place. This allowed us more time with them and my Grandmother, plus time with my Uncle, plus a dinner at the classic Itallian resaurant of Wilmington- Mrs Rabinos.
Thursday morning we picked up our rental car (a nice white Chevy Cobalt), and started the drive. Trying to go around the middle of town at rush hour, I ended up putting us on a nice scenic route along the Brandwine river. I don’t know if I had ever been on the road before, and I grew up in Wilmington. It was a lovely drive. One great thing about the car was the radio. XM. Best. thing. ever. Well, for long car trips at least. Once you find a station you like, you don’t have to worry about losing it as you drive along.Â We took the scenic back roads across Maryland and into West Viginia. Thoughts and observations of that ride in the next post.