My initial plan was to hang at Putnam's until Sunday afternoon and come home around 3 PM or so, but his Saturday schedule turned out to be so busy that - rather than staying at his cabin alone and absent a desire on my part to either go bum around Portland on my own or accompany him to the talent show he was participating in at his church (as a favor to his pastor, not out of any need to compete), I elected to head back a day early to spend Sunday with Yesenia.
It turned out to be a great decision to leave on Saturday evening. I made excellent time, making the trip from Durham (about 20 miles north of Portland) to Tappan in a little over five hours, even including my making an accidental detour through Brunswick on my way back to 295, costing me about 20 minutes, and a couple of gas- and pit-stops.
And as for spending time with Yesenia? A very nice day, what can I tell you? We got in the car around 11 (for a rare treat of Yesenia driving) to head over to Vernon, NJ - way out in the boonies, even boonier than the boons where Putnam lives. The reason for the trip was to visit Bobolink Dairy, a semi-annual ritual on our part, which we alternate with visits to Storm King. Even with Yesenia's new-found dairy allergy, we got some cheese (of which she had a very, very little) and some bread. Then we headed over to a local winery for a tasting and lunch. Curiously, we ran into my stepsisters and some of their friends, also there for the tasting and food.
The wines? Good. The food, not so much.
We ate lunch out on the grass, but eventually the storm clouds came up and we decided it was time to head home.
Anyway, it was a good lazy Sunday and a good capper to a good weekend, and I'm feeling good for the week ahead. How's that for a non-bummer?