Sunday, June 28, 2020
2020 Sahara Dust Cloud
On Thursday morning, it was official, the Saharan Dust cloud arrived over the state of Florida.
Early Friday morning, we awoke to this view:
And Friday evening, it continues:
Saturday morning the cloud was still hanging in there. But, this was not the crimson sunrise we had anticipated.
There was still blue sky peeking through the dust cloud.
But no, the cloud lingers:
Now, this has been an interesting phenomenon and certainly well worth getting up early to see. But, as often happens in these days of pandemic “stay-at-home,” our thoughts reached back to the days when we could actually travel to the sands of the Sahara.
We had begun our travels to Morocco in the 1980s while living in Europe. At that time, Rabat, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, and Tangier may have been the most exciting and exotic cities we had ever seen!!! Our last trip to Tangier was in November 2009. It was still exciting and exotic:
And that same year, for the first time, we visited Gabes, Tunisia. Although this is the capital city of Tunisia, the glamour, mystery and allure of “place” are not quite so evident:
Of course, nothing compares to the cosmopolitan feel of Casablanca. And the movie, “Casablanca”, splendidly portrayed the intrigue and mystery of this city . It’s too bad that Rick and his cafe never really existed. Rick’s Cafe was certainly a marvelous piece of fiction. So it’s a real treat for the movie’s fans that a clever entrepreneur took the fiction and made it a reality!!! This faithfully created copy does an excellent job of putting visitors into the mood of that time gone by:
So, the Saharan Dust Cloud has blown over the state of Florida leaving behind dust, coughs, and sinus issues. But for us, it also brought some very pleasant memories.
Thank you for joining us on this trip down memory lane!!!
It’s the only travel we get to do these days!!!