I did end up running this morning with Julie. It was awesome! I usually only run on pavement, but this was trail running. The trails winded through the forest with the trees arching overhead. It was a cool morning and the temperature was perfect. I was in my new running shoes, which I love (the colors aren't my favorite)! In Arizona you are likely to see a coyote or rabbit while running, but in Massachusetts, you will see turkeys! We saw lots of them.
Today our plan was to spend a few hours on the beach in Provincetown. The weather was supposed to be partly sunny with a high of 77, so we planned to spend the day on the beach watching for whales. Last year Wendy and I were walking along the beach and saw one just feet from the shore! However, the weather was nothing like that when we got to Provincetown. It was very overcast and windy. Although the skies in the distance looked promising, we decided not to wait around for it and so we started the drive back to Arizona.
With our extra day (we had not planned to leave until Wednesday, but we have nothing else to do!) we are going to drive through Shenandoah Park in Virginia. It is our new goal to see a black bear. The website says there are hundreds of black bears in the 105 mile stretch of road we will be driving, and sightings are common. Hopefully, we'll have better luck with this than the moose. However, we did see a black bear at the wildlife park in Maine, so it won't be a total bust if we don't see one in Virginia.
Driving out of the cape on memorial day was just horrible. It was smooth sailing until we got to East Sandwich, and then we joined the hundreds of cars trying to get home from vacation on the cape. It took us hours to get off the cape itself. After that it wasn't too bad till we got into Connecticut. We hit another hour or two of stop-and-go traffic near Lyme. Eventually we'd had enough and just decided to stay in Branford. Tomorrow we are planning to leave at 9am and get to the NYC area at 11am-ish when the traffic might not be so bad.
Joel forgot the most important thing that happened today. Chelsea and I have been listening to him whine about wanting a jelly doughnut every time we drive by a Dunkin (and in New England, that's about every four seconds - worse than Walgreens in the SW), but every time we stopped in he said he didn't want one. I finally told him he better either get one or shut up about it. He did shut up about it, but then this morning they had free coffee and doughnuts at the hotel, and lo and behold - they had a jelly! I asked Joel how it was, and if it was everything he had dreamed it would be. He responded, "And more!" I'm glad we finally got that over with!