Monday, 26 June 2017
We spontaneously left town for most of the weekend. It was a great way to enjoy the summer, to see friends, to spend time with each other. Summer, more than any other time of the year, is our favorite time – and most convenient time – to just do things.
Saturday morning I was sick of looking at the familiar areas of the neighborhood. New scenery, a different place to be, a desire for something outside the usual weekend were on the agenda. The problem was what to do, where to go? With temperatures in the low 90s, there was no desire to go someplace possibly hotter and little desire to go where there would be unruly crowds of people, all attempting to escape the heat. Mr. 182 suggested the zoo!
And off to the zoo we went. There are two zoos near us – by near, I mean within an hour’s drive. We chose the smaller of the two, the one on the coast, the one we could get to without driving into a congested city. And off we went. Total cost (not including gas) was about $64.00, including a sandwich for each of us. We spent the day wandering around a beautiful park-like setting, enjoying the sea breezes, and not feeling crowded and rushed as we got there when they opened.
While driving up, we thought of calling up some friends who live halfway along the route. One day, they invited themselves to dinner, and since then it has been a running joke about inviting them to invite us to dinner. We didn’t do that . . . but I chanted as we drove past their neighborhood, “Invite us! Invite us!”
I’m not sure if that had any influence, but that night we got a call: “Come up for a beach day and a barbecue!” Sunday we did, and the cost was gas and a couple of bottles of beer. $7.00.
Our total expenses for our weekend were $71.00 for a lot of fun. There were no motel rooms or expenses for fancy meals. We could have packed a lunch and saved $18.49. We could have brought some home brew and saved $7.00. The weekend was a mini-vacation spent outside, with friends, at the beach, with each other. I feel like I’ve been off for a week!