A few nights ago, Jeff said, "Let's get away for an overnight -- where should we go?" Since I've been on a personal quest to be more "spontaneous", I agreed to just take off for the weekend.
I've wanted to go back to Heini's Cheese Chalet and Jeff thought it was a great idea. We'll get up and leave Saturday morning, drive to Berlin, OH visit Heini's, find a place to stay overnight, and then find "something" to do the next day.
First, we hit STOPPED highway traffic about 20 miles north on Interstate 71. I don't know what was going on up there but we were delayed by about an hour. My husband is not the most patient driver in the world (cough), so this aggravates him to no end, which aggravates ME because I know there isn't anything we can do about it, so why get aggravated? A no-win situation, for sure.
We stop and have a TERRIFIC lunch at Smokey Bones (I highly recommend their brisket), but that was another hour added on to what we thought was going to be a 3 hour trip.
We decide to get off the highway and take some back roads - and admittedly, we do travel some pretty roads and actually see some Fall foliage - so that slows us down more, but we're enjoying ourselves.
We arrive in Millersberg, OH and it is Antique Fair Day, so the streets are packed with both slow moving cars and slow moving walkers, and Jeff is DYING to stop, but it's 3:30, Heini's is still 30 minutes away, and they close at 5pm. So - and here comes the spontaneousness! - we decide we'll head to Heini's, stay over nearby, and come back to the fair the next day.
From Millersberg to Berlin is another 30 minutes - except it takes much, much longer because apparently Berlin, OH has become the tourist attraction of the world since we were here last, and it's like trying to drive through Grand Central Station. MOBS of people, LINES of cars, traffic lights without arrows for the directions we want to go...
Apparently, Columbus Day weekend in Ohio is like Labor Day weekend in New England - the last holiday of the summer with nice weather. Hey, I've only been here 23 years - who knew?
We finally arrive at Heini's - both now a bit cranky and really tired of our 3 hr drive that took us 6 hours - and walk into the sample building - to a line of people that extends not only around the huge room, but out that room's door, to wind around a second huge room. As we looked around to find the end of the line, someone nearby said, "They say it's a two to two and a half hour wait"....
And just to seal the deal, someone opened the door to the men's restroom.... and out rolled this ghastly (or gas-tly) STENCH across the room packed with folks already not happy about having to stand in line for two hours. I'm pretty sure if the "culprit" was found at that single moment, he would have been stoned to death with cheese cubes and sausage nibbles.
The moment was what it was and there wasn't anything I was going to be able to do to change the look on my husband's face (get me out of here) or the stench OR the line... so I said, "You want to go, right?" and, of course, he did. Now, I know a lot of women would have had a perfectly legitimate argument for why I should have stood my ground and insisted we get in the line -- but to me there was just no point because it is NOT my goal in life to be confined in a small space (the car) with a grumpy husband. We leave.
And then we learn two new facts, just to make the day complete.
There are no available hotel rooms anywhere.
The antique show Jeff wanted to stop at is a one day event - and we just missed it.
It just doesn't pay to be spontaneous. From now on, it's planning, reservations, and research before we head out again for a "spontaneous" weekend of fun!