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Over the long Memorial Day weekend Subaru of America lent me a brand-new 2014 Forester. They also gave me gas money and a GoPro camera, with instructions to go off and have an adventure. Last week I wrote about how the Forester handled in the city, then we took off for the weekend to Lake George. My husband did all of the driving. I think it’s a man thing. Hey, if he thinks I’m a bad driver it’s his fault – he taught me how to drive!
We didn’t even begin to fill the space in the trunk with out suitcases, umbrellas, and – sigh – winter coats.
We left on Saturday morning, hoping to avoid the worst of the holiday traffic. Getting out of NYC on a holiday weekend is definitely on my list of the top things that make me want to stab myself in the eye. It has taken us as much as two hours in the past, and this time it took us less than an hour, so I think that was a good decision.
Our GoPro camera gave us a pretty awesome record of the stop-and-go traffic across Manhattan and through the Holland Tunnel:
Out on the open road we got to check out the Adaptive Cruise Control for the first time. My husband really loved this feature. You set how much distance you want between you and the car in front of you and the Forester changes your speed automatically as needed.
When nobody was in front of us our speed stayed steady:
But then, if we were coming up on another car, we slowed down automatically so that we kept a safe distance:
My husband declared the Forester “Zippy!” and was really happy driving it.
Once we made it to Lake George, we were hit with the full realization that the weather was going to be cold and crappy. Happy vacation!
We made the most of it with indoor activities. Like bowling (does sticking your tongue out help you aim?):
And, of course, many many trips to our hotel’s indoor pool:
This is what happens when your son throws the GoPro up in the air, drops it to the bottom of the pool, tries to retrieve it with his foot, and can’t reach it:
In the breaks between showers we managed to see a little bit of Lake George. Again, the Subaru showed off just how well it handled and how easily it parked. And it looked good!
The kids checked out the empty beach:
And played an entire game of chess:
Of course, it’s never too cold for ice cream:
Finally, on our last day, we got some sun and tried to make the most of it. We took a boat tour out on the lake:
The kids soaked each other in a bumper boat battle:
And Jake tried to soak me while I was taking pictures!
And with the 17 tickets I won at Ski-Ball, I got one of these:
At the end of a vacation everyone but the driver should look like this:
On our way home (which was Memorial Day), we expected the traffic to be horrendous. We decided to do whatever the Forester’s GPS told us to do, despite my husband’s insistence that if he were following his gut, we would take the Brooklyn Bridge. The GPS seemed to change its mind several times as we got closer to NYC, but we dutifully followed the directions to the Manhattan Bridge – the last route we would have chosen on our own – and we were home in record time.
That evening as I was catching up on news online, I happened to see this. Yup, at the very time we were approaching the bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge was closed unexpectedly. And the GPS knew exactly how to get us around what must have been a really terrible holiday back-up!
Thanks for the ride Subaru, it was fun. The Forester is a great city car, and great on the highway too.
This post is part of the Subaru Blogger Program. I was given use of a Subaru Forester for a week, as well as given gas money and a GoPro camera.
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