A buddy texted me final weekend from a departure lounge in Kennedy Airport. “Um three hours and counting …” she wrote of her L.A.-bound flight’s delay.
She’d been anticipating it, given the scheduling snarls and journey cancellations which have plagued travelers these days. But the truth was irritating nonetheless: treasured hours of a long-awaited trip spent looking path combine picks in Hudson News, looking out the terminal for a charging station.
I congratulated myself for not planning a giant journey over the vacation, choosing the seaside near residence. I used an app to seek out the cheapest gas I might, and packed lunch as an alternative of shopping for it. It wasn’t a far-flung journey, however it was straightforward and pleasing nonetheless.
If you end up grounded by air journey problems or loath to enterprise too removed from residence due to the worth of gasoline or unpredictable variants, you continue to have choices. My colleagues on the Travel desk have suggestions for some fairly glorious journeys inside 100 miles of main cities.
In Bellingham, Wash., 90 miles from Seattle, one can spend just a few days hiking, biking and feasting on oysters. Outside Atlanta, a weekend of wine tasting within the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains beckons. There are hidden spots in Chicagoland’s suburbs which might be good for camping. In Ojai, “an electromagnetic vortex of good energy” 80 miles from Los Angeles, you’ll discover otherworldly sunsets and the world’s largest outside bookstore.
In Brooklyn, the place I stay, $2.75 will get you a ticket on NYC Ferry, whose six each day routes service all 5 boroughs and, by way of Sept. 11, Governors Island (the place you’ll be able to glamp overnight, for those who’d like).
Earlier within the pandemic, I wrote a e-newsletter for The Times about how one can lead a full and cultured life at home, or near it. I’d thought that, as pandemic restrictions eased, there’d be much less want for such counsel, and dreamed that the world would fling open its gates and all of us, too-long cooped-up, would come cartwheeling by way of. Continuing problems hadn’t figured into the fantasy.
Something I noticed, considering and writing for a 12 months and a half about what to do when you’re at residence, is that these actions don’t must be comfort prizes. There’s as a lot marvel and delight to be discovered close by as there may be on the different finish of an extended aircraft journey. You don’t must look far to seek out it.
Last weekend, on the seaside, I watched a bunch of kids stand agape as 4 laughing gulls hovered just a few ft above them for what felt like minutes. A gaggle of mates downed tequila photographs then cranked up Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” and danced. The air was heat however it was breezy. There was hardly any visitors on the drive residence.
📺 “Better Call Saul” (July 11): I didn’t put a lot inventory on this present. How might a prequel (not even a sequel, a prequel!) to probably the most gripping and addictive reveals of the fashionable period really feel like something however a cynical try to preserve the “Breaking Bad” product on the streets. But as “Saul” begins its remaining six-episode run, it’s a pleasure to confess that the sequence has carved out its personal distinctive house within the TV pantheon.
🎧 “Love, Damini,” Burna Boy (Out now): New yard barbecue music alert! On the sixth album from the Nigerian famous person and purveyor of Afrofusion, the “surfaces are glossy and reassuring,” our pop critic Jon Pareles writes, and “the inner workings are slyly playful.”
🍿 “Where the Crawdads Sing” (July 15): Daisy Edgar-Jones, of Hulu’s “Normal People” (that’s the one about attractive, unhappy younger Irish folks) stars in one other e-book adaptation. The 2018 novel “Crawdads” is, as we wrote, a “combination of murder mystery, lush nature writing, romance and a coming-of-age survival story.” That’s removed from franchise fare, however it arrives with its personal strong fanbase, having dominated the best-seller list for years.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Classic French Toast
Most of the 12 months, maple syrup and a great deal of butter are the best toppings for French toast. But now, on the peak of berry season, a handful of strawberries, blackberries or raspberries stirred into the syrup lend a touch of summery colour and loads of verve. Feel free to make use of any wilting, weeping berries behind the fridge; their candy juices shall be absorbed by syrup and butter and suffuse each chunk. Julia Moskin’s fantastic classic French toast recipe calls for less than briefly dipping slices of recent bread like challah or brioche into the custard, so that you don’t have to plan for hourslong soaking. When your oozing berries are calling, a speedy batch of French toast is the most effective reply.
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Ons Jabeur vs. Elena Rybakina, Wimbledon remaining: Jabeur, a local of Tunisia, is the primary Arab or African girl to achieve a Grand Slam singles remaining within the trendy period. Like Roger Federer, to whom she has long been compared, Jabeur excels at a spread of photographs: approaches, overhead smashes, deft drop volleys. Her opponent, Elena Rybakina, was born in Moscow however just a few years in the past switched her residence nation to Kazakhstan — which has allowed her to get around Wimbledon’s ban on Russian athletes, imposed after the invasion of Ukraine. 9 a.m. Eastern at present, ESPN.
In the men’s final tomorrow, Nick Kyrgios of Australia will attempt for his first Grand Slam title towards the six-time Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic.