It is important, every now and then, to remind yourself what a nightmare the Holland Tunnel can be, and also how important it is to live through that nightmare so you can see what is on the other side of it.
On the other side of it, this time, for us was The Country Willow House near Bedford, PA. Where the neighbors are far enough away that you can’t see them. Where there are woodpeckers and fireflies and chipmunks on the property. Where there are several ice cream stands just a few minutes away. And where children are allowed to run and yell and chase each other and there is nobody to be annoyed by them.
We went there for the 4th of July weekend and loved pretty much every minute. Ice cream for lunch and dinner. Hiking after church. Owl hunting and woodpecker stalking. Hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire pit. And fireflies and sparklers to close out the night.
It was a magical, magical weekend. A dream come true, and worth sitting for 2 hours in traffic in Manhattan to get to the other end of the tunnel for.