For many, they started Thursday night – they’re having four days of play, being away.
Many have gone far away – those camping, hiking, mountain climbing, boating and cottage types.
Many more, wearily limping home from vacations, fighting traffic, anxious to get home to clean sheets and a chance to do laundry and wash the grime out of the car/truck/camper/tent trailer.
Many in each group readying kids for back-to-school.
If you don’t like highway traffic insanity, try my mode: stay home
Yes, many people stay home, for their own eccentric reasons.
Some, never go anywhere.
Some (I’m one) who prefer my highway driving risks and visiting touristy places when others aren’t swamping the place.
Holiday long weekends, interesting studies in self-reflection, ‘how we do things’. I’ve always liked the idea of an extended weekend, just haven’t made it my habit to do it when everyone else does. On ‘holiday long weekends’, mostly, I stay home. I’ll do a little work, watch some U.S. Open Tennis. Work, ride my bike, cook, read – it’s wonderful. No bugs, I don’t have to sleep in a tent or worry about bad drivers and forest fires.
Long weekends without phones jangling and scheduled activities allows three kinds of work: catching up work, getting ahead work and ‘staring-out-the-window’ work. Staring out windows – enjoying hot coffee just a bit longer/better, watching cloud shapes (when smoky haze abates). Working weekend punctuated by bike rides, BBQ with old friends and coffee with a new one, reading and sleeping, fantastic blackberries from the farmer’s market – it doesn’t get much better than this.