After having such a wonderful time last year, my friend, Liz Petry, and I each packed our cars and headed across the country to meet in the middle. That midpoint, via the Southern Tier (I-80), is Williamsport, Pennsylvania. We each had traffic difficulties with construction zones. I hit the road at 10:30 a.m. and had passed only two exits on I-90 before I ended up in a nasty, full-stop traffic jam. I lost at least half an hour before I hit Route 11. Once I turned East on I-80 it was one construction zone after another. I finally arrived at the hotel around 5 p.m., which means my 4.5 hour trip took 6.5 hours.
After I got settled in, Liz and I went to Peter Herdic House for dinner. The parmesan crusted shrimp was quite tasty, but I had to settle for spinach salad as they were out of fresh local cherries for the salad listed on the website menu. One of these days, I’ll get there while the cherries are still in season.
It was bloody hot all weekend, and frankly, I’m not quite sure how Liz went running without dropping like a rock on the hot pavement, even early in the morning. Just walking the 4 or 5 blocks to Herdic House, Rumrunners, and Bullfrog Brewery was extremely taxing in the high temps and stifling humidity.
We took a break from our writing and researching activities on Saturday night to visit Wine and Design, an art studio that offers painting parties and paint-n-sip classes for the public. The painting of the day was an old anchor in an old shed. It was rather fun, but I have to admit that I can’t draw straight lines with a brush even when I’m not imbibing in a lovely Barolo.
On Sunday night, after another day of writing activities, we braved the heat to walk to dinner at the Bullfrog Brewery. They had gorgeous copper and stainless tanks, and the food was quite tasty. We passed a gift shop (Gustonian Gifts) that had interesting locally sourced stuff in the windows, so I decided to delay my departure on Monday and peruse the shop. I bought a beautiful walking stick for Jim. It was numbered by the artist and had some lovely wood burnings and relief carvings.
It was a terrific weekend. Both Liz and I made progress on our writing projects, and we had the chance to get a good visit in as well. For those writers who can’t seem to get anything done at home, I highly recommend that you get away, alone or with a writing friend, and get your word counts up. There are many options for low-cost accommodations, even a cabin in the woods. As long as it has electricity to keep your laptop running, you’re good to go.