I spend most of my days sitting in my family room with my laptop. I rarely leave my zip code. I go to the library. I deliver food for church. I go to the grocery store. Recently, I thought that I may wake up one morning and decide I want to go to the beach. My son has been using my EZ Pass so I ordered another transponder in case I decided to cross the bridge to the Eastern Shore one day. My wife and daughter are in Kentucky so I decided this was the time to get in the car and go. The problem with the idea of driving to the ocean is the drive. It would take me 2.5 hours to drive there and then the same back. I didn’t really relish the thought of being in the car for 5 hours. On top of that, the Blue Angels are in town for the Naval Academy graduation and we were warned to avoid some of the roads I would take to get to the ocean. I looked at the map and decided i would go south instead of east and the bay instead of the ocean. I settled on the Chesapeake Beach area. It is only a 40 minute drive from my house. That seems much more pleasant. I left my house around 9:30am and arrived at 10:15. I parked in North Beach and headed out. It was a cool, cloudy day so I saw an empty beach and a lot of walkers walking the boardwalk. Most businesses were still closed, so I walked the boardwalk and enjoyed the cool breeze off the bay.
My first thought was that I would walk from North Beach to Chesapeake Beach and back, but then I decided I would be lazy and go back to my car and drive. I parked and walked over to the community center to ask what to do in town. They suggested the railway trail and I was off Walking again, this time on a creek instead of the bay.
I was finished with my walks much earlier than I expected. I decided not to try to find anything to eat there and headed home. I was only away from my house for three hours, but it was a nice and needed change of pace. Now I just need to convince my wife to head down with me one day when place are open and really experience the area.
I need to remind myself to take short breaks from the routine. It did wonders for my mental health.