Getting Back to Normal
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Yes!!!! We left home; stayed in hotels; ate in restaurants; drank in bars; and shopped in charming new locales. It was wonderful!!!
What we did and why we did it:
Several weeks ago, after scheduling our final Covid Vaccine shots, we made plans with good friends to join up on a road trip in the Florida Panhandle. We had all lived in the panhandle at one time or another and have been back often to enjoy the beauty and the beaches and the varied flora of Northern Florida. We are also Geocachers and looked forward to the fun of caching while exploring new sites. We decided to stay in Panama City, Apalachicola and Tallahassee while taking day trips to surrounding areas.
Let us tell you about it:
Our first stop was Panama City. And yes, land developer George West did name it after Panama City, Panama to capitalize on the national interest in the U.S. for the construction of the Panama Canal (1904-1914.) The history of the area goes back to 1765 when British loyalists came and established a fishing village on St. Andrew Bay. They grew indigo, developed lumbermills and fisheries, established saltworks and eventually became a shipbuilding center. The population grew. By 1909, the villages of Panama City, St. Andrew and Millville had merged to form today’s Panama City. And then there’s Panama City Beach!!! Here are some photos:
As a sidebar:
Before concluding this segment of the Road Trip, just a note about Geocaching. We enjoy the activity because when traveling, the program called “Adventure Labs” will take us to interesting and renowned and popular “off-the-beaten path” locations for interesting and diverse perspectives on a place. We like the aspect of a puzzle, a search and hunt, as well as the use of technology (GPS, smart phone, iPad). If you would like more information, go to geocaching.com for details.
The bottom line:
Our experience in Panama City was positive and enjoyable. The biggest issue we faced was crowded restaurants due to a shortage of servers and kitchen staff. That issue would hold true throughout our trip. But hotel issues popped up in Apalachicola and Tallahassee. We’ll review those in the following postings.
Being out “on the road again” was wonderful!!! There was this beautiful sense of freedom and liberation knowing that we were protected, mightily, against the Covid virus. Of course, Florida has now opened the vaccine availability to all ages. But none-the-less, shops restaurants and hotels all have different protocols for safety. Masks are a major component. So is limited access into shops and restaurants. But even though there are limitations, that sense of freedom prevails. It is a joy to travel again!!!
We will take a nostalgic look at Ft. Walton Beach and Hurlburt Field in the next post.
4 thoughts on “On the Road Again!!! A Geocaching Road Trip Along the Florida Panhandle: Part 1, Panama City”
Great to see people traveling! I love to read about people’s adventures!
I love to cruise! I’m booked on HAL August 2022 Boston-Iceland-Boston! I hope it’s a go! Similar cruise 2020 and 2021 were canceled.
Enjoy! Keep posting!
Oh, we certainly hope all cruises will have resumed by August of 2022!!!! We’re hoping to see Norwegian Cruise Lines succeed with their plans to resume cruising out of the U.S. by July 4th of THIS year!!! Like you, Arlene, we’ve booked cruising adventures for 2022. Our fingers are permanently crossed!!!
Delightful! Brave souls you are, but look at how well it turned out! having never been to any of these places, this is a real treat to rad about them and enjoy the photos. SO glad you had a good time and now looking forward to more.
Thank you, Patricia!!! We had a wonderful trip. There were some issues that we will relate in parts 3 & 4, but all-in-all, the road trip was not terribly stressful!!! The hotels and restaurants seem to remain responsive to Covid. The joy factor comes into play once you have the full vaccine program completed. Tthat feeling of “liberation” is immense!!!