Audibles: When Walden is Packed
Because when you think it’s a perfect day to go to Walden Pond, everyone else probably does too.
Does this sounds familiar? You wake up on a Saturday morning to a perfect New England summer day and you think it’s a perfect day to venture outside with the family. Someone cries out, “Let’s go swimming in Walden Pond!” and the next thing you know you’re packing bags with sunscreen, towels, snacks, and everything else you might need for optimizing a fun afternoon at Walden. Then you load up the car and hit the road.
It all sounds great. But the problem is that hundreds of other families in metropolitan Boston think it’s a great idea, too. Something you first get clued into when you see a long line of cars on Route 2 all waiting to make that turn onto Walden Street and into the Walden Pond parking lot. After waiting for about 10 minutes with traffic still mostly at a standstill, you realize that the root cause of the situation is that the parking lot is completely full.
You’re now faced with a decision point. Do you exercise patience and wait it out? Or do you start thinking about Plan B? What you need are some options.
One of the key things about enjoying a wonderful day outdoors with your friends and family is that the best plans often involve backup plans. Whether it’s due to a passing rain shower, crowds, or traffic jams, being brave and capable of calling an audible will help you adjust, keeping your focus on having fun.
This week, we’re sharing a couple options for being prepared with when that trip out to Walden starts going bad.