After being in PA and CT during the month of April and part of May, we returned to Florida to spend our anniversary at Marco Island, FL (mainly because the reservations had been set a year ago and we did not want to lose the monies/points {time share} were we to cancel). But, as luck would have it, we had to return to PA in late May for an event occurring June 3rd and we are so glad we did. It was my wife’s 60th high school reunion and we found out the night of the dinner/dance that it would be the last time that group of seniors would be getting together for a reunion.

Needless to say, timing was right as was the weather. Traffic was not as hectic as past trips had been and one could say that our return trip was rather “smooth.”   In years past when making this trek north to see relatives and friends, we normally shy away from traveling the I-95 corridor because depending on when you are driving it, you might think that you are on the parking lot from hell!

But, this return trip found us taking I-95 and it must have been the fact that since we were traveling Memorial Day weekend (we left on May 28th), we found the roads free from the usual hordes of drivers heading somewhere and in a hurry to get there.

Such was not the case and while my length of daily driving time has reduced considerably from my younger years – when driving 500 or so miles in a day seemed rather easy, I was amazed that we had traveled 642 miles our first day out. Of course it was a twelve-hour day but like I said – weather and traffic was on our side.

Our second day out found us making it to our destination one day ahead of schedule. Normally it takes us two and two-third days to get from Florida to PA, but this trip found us doing it in two. As a result, we were able to see everyone we had planned to see and also spend more time with each and every one of them.

I am sort of the black sheep of the family as we were all born and raised in the area of Reading, PA and all my kid brothers and sisters still live within thirty minutes of each other. So, we make this trek at least once and sometimes twice a year to stay in touch as we are not getting any younger. Plus it is a good stopping point before heading on to CT to spend time with our oldest son and his family which now includes two great-grandchildren.

While driving such distances is beginning to get “old” as the saying goes – it is smooth” trips such as these that keep us returning year after year! That and the good food we eat once we hit Pennsylvania because in this writers opinion, food from PA Dutch country cannot be beat and will keep us coming back for more.

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