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.