Full of resolve we set off to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to get our Senior park passes. For those of you who don’t know what that is, the park services now charge fees to enter the parks and you can buy one for $80 for the year, or pay some entrance fee at each place. However, as a reward for getting wrinkles and having your entire body slowly sink down to the ground, they have a Senior passes. Each one costs only $10 and is good for as long as you can crawl into the park. Not a bad deal. We called to be sure we could get ours at Prime Hook, they said “Yes.”
Settled into the van we set the GPS to Prime Hook and off we went. Twenty miles later we missed the turn off road and found ourselves at the beach, literally. We think it was Broadkill beach, but we’re not sure. I reset the GPS, we turned around, and tried it one more time. This time we found the road and also discovered why we missed it the first time. The road sign was set back so far from the corner that there was no way anyone could have seen it coming the other way. You bad, DelDot!
A nice gentleman behind the desk asked if he could help us. We told him we were there for Senior passes, he got out a locked strongbox, opened it, and politely told us there were no passes to be had. How can this be? We just called, they said they had them. Murphy strikes again. Now what? He called Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge (another 40 miles away) to see if they had them. They did. Back in the van, off to Bombay Hook. The good news – we got to see a part of Delaware we had never seen before. Got to look for the blessings in those downer situations.
Armed with our passes we headed back down the peninsula to finish our errands. Being 2:15 p.m. we stopped for sustenance until our early dinner at 5:30 pm. I had an appointment at 4 p.m. and consequently the only other errand we were able to complete was a stop at the Jockey store for our undies. The other two or three planned errands will have to wait another day.
And so, the moral (according to me) of this story is that you really shouldn’t wait until the last minute to put it all together. Let they who are “P’s” take heed. You never know when you will only accomplish half of what you intended in any given day and when you have a deadline there ain’t no putting in another day here or there!