1. A temperature of 102 degrees with humidity. No more 80 degree weather with cool ocean breezes. When I got out of the car at a New Jersey rest stop my sunglasses fogged up and I felt like I needed an inhaler (I don’t even have asthma).
2. The social repercussions of drinking alcoholic beverages (even if they are local) in the middle of the day. If I had a cooler filled with blueberry wine at my work desk, everyone would plan a coffee break intervention; but when on vacation, no one blinks an eye if you’re enjoying a glass with lunch. Or if you mix red wine with Fresca as an afternoon treat (don’t turn up your nose until you try it).
3. Making my own breakfast. You mean I can’t get up at the crack of 9 am and take a leisurely walk down the blue hydrangea-laden sidewalk to my favorite breakfast spot? Instead I have to slurp down coffee while cooking my own eggs and simultaneously packing lunch/drying my hair/driving to work. Bummer.
4. Wearing clothes. I had to put on REAL clothes today. Not just a bathing suit and a comfy cover-up. Or yoga pants and a tank top. Clothes that involved buttons and zippers and (gasp!) shoes.
5. Lack of fresh, local seafood on the cheap. I ate the best lobster roll I’ve ever had for only $13. Yes, $13!! Panera sells one that I’m sure is sub-par for $18. Who wants to eat a lobster roll at Panera?
6. No more farmer’s market hopping in cute, new towns. I experienced the best in farm stands and farmer’s markets while away. They were all over the place, offering just-picked produce and artisan food items.
All in all these “downsides” are really just affirmation that I need to continue my local experiment in Delaware with gusto. While I’ve already discovered many places to eat and buy locally delicious foods, I’m excited to see what else is out there. So here’s to local summer discoveries and day trips that feel like vacation!