GRAND ADVENTURE - Day 11 - June 30, 2009
I grew up in
the Village of Pelham Manor, NY and had not been there since I was a child. Took
a quick trip around the town realizing that the town apparently shrunk since I
was a child, I used to walk ten miles to school and now the walk was only a
mile. It is so strange how the house I grew up in was the same size but the yard
looked so much smaller. A beautiful village that has changed little except for
the residents and the names of the stores, the old pizzeria at Four Corners is
still there, but the Grand Union I worked at is now a CVS Pharmacy.
We left the
old homestead for a lunch appointment with my fellow staffers at Audubon in
Manhattan. We programmed the GPS to take us to 225 Varick Street in New York
unfortunately; it took us to Brooklyn instead of into the city. The detour made
us really late for our lunch date, but we made it.
It was really
nice to meet so many of the people I have only communicated with via email or
phone. We went to a nice Italian Restaurant with Anna and Susan. The lunch was
really long but I really enjoyed the company. I am glad I don’t work in the New
York office though; the traffic alone would stress me beyond reason. It is nice
to know how many wonderful capable people run Audubon.
the long lunch left little time for me to visit my childhood girlfriend Liz.
(Plus the city traffic really got me frazzled although my sister commented how
quickly my polite California driving style reverted to the aggressive New York
driving of my youth).
We left the
city on a quest to see Cape May, New Jersey and help me get in some birding for
the day. Got down to Cape May just before sunset and enjoyed the beautiful
resort town with lots of birds, quaint buildings and handsome cabs giving
tourists a nice evening look at the town. We drove through Delaware and Maryland
and arrived in Manassas around midnight.