Road Trip: Wrong Way Waxler Hits the Highway to the Catskills
Photos and Story by Caroline Waxler
Our fearless driver looking a bit perplexed.
They call her Wrong Way Waxler. But eventually, she gets there and proves that it was worth the journey.
What: 2014 Audi SQ5 quattro Tiptronic
Destination: Phoenicia (pop. 309), in the Catskill Mountains.
The Route: From New York City, take New York Interstate I-87 north to exit NY-28 West. A slight turn onto Bridge Street, and you’re there!
Chairlifts ridden: 0
Number of wrong turns: 17
Her story: “Wrong way, cupcake,” was the very appropriate sendoff I got, attempting to turn east on a street that only ran west. What the passerby didn’t know was that in my family I am known as Wrong Way Waxler—and this drive was just beginning.
I took off heading north of the city to the tiny hamlet of Phoenicia in the Catskill Mountains.
An hour into my journey, I pulled over for a rest stop at Sloatsburg, on New York Interstate I-87. Signs for the exit declared: “History was made here,” so I figured if I had to go the restroom, why not go historic? It turns out that history wasn’t actually made at the rest stop but in the Hudson Valley area. However, this rest stop was lovely and huge, mall-like but with travel brochures.
Brio's provides a welcome respite and they have pie.