A couple weeks ago, Rob invited me to spend the weekend at his wife’s parents’ house on Lake Monticello in Virginia. To be honest, my first thought was, “Oh, man, all the way down there?” If you know D.C. beltway traffic—or, more specifically, D.C. beltway traffic during Friday evening rush hour—you can understand my concern. A three-hour drive can easily become a five-hour odyssey. Nevertheless, I’d been in need of a getaway and decided to make the trip (and battle the traffic) for what turned out to be an absolutely perfect weekend.
When I was a kid, every summer I’d spend a week camping with my family at Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego Lake. This was conveniently located just 10 miles away on the opposite side of the lake from Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a serious Little Leaguer with dreams of the Big Leagues, it was as close as you could get to perfection. A couple of my favorite activities included trips to the batting cages to try and hit all sorts of different pitches—the kind Little Leaguers don’t throw, like knuckle balls, curves, sliders, and split-fingered fastballs—and having the radar gun tell me just how fast my fastball was. Every year, I’d look forward to besting the previous year’s speed record.
Packing for a casual weekend getaway is always a cinch. Load up a duffle with some basics and remember to include some warmer pieces because it’s always a little chilly in the mornings and evenings. This time I was excited to bring along a few new items from Joules, including a rugby shirt for boat rides and fun on the beach, as well as a sweatshirt for chilly misty mornings, and a vest to keep warm sitting in the Adirondack chairs out by the lake on the clear nights. Great quality and great casual style.
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