Sunday, July 26, 2020

Traveling During the Pandemic

No, I am not traveling.  To date I've canceled the trip hubby and my daughter and I were going to make in March, the trip with 2 girl friends in April, the trip with hubby in July; and the airlines has canceled my flight to France for a tour in September.  The tour company is a bit behind the airlines, so technically they still have us scheduled to go.  But, of course we Americans can not travel to Europe.  Lots of e-ticket credits piling up from all the flights associated with those trips that got canceled due to the Corona Virus, Covid 19.  But, I have been traveling through my neighborhood, daily.  I've seen several people do cool chalk work in their drives and on their sidewalks......but this is the best!


I've spotted this beautiful Climbing Clematis...don't know what it's called, but I'm naming Climbing Covid.


One see's evidence that Covid Construction is spreading quickly.  Seriously, on this day I saw 3 places for a potty stop, lol.


AND, since we can't or shouldn't travel, some people are very creative.  This is a map of Ohio bringing Europe to us, since we can't go there.  Take a look at your state map, maybe you too can hop in your car for some Covid travels without packing.

Stay safe folks, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay away from people that aren't your immediate family as much as possible.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Colorful COVID 19 Travels

We've all been in quarantine around the globe for quite a while.  Cruise lines have finally stopped, planes are mostly empty, and I assume trains are as well.  We're wearing masks when out and about doing essential things like grocery shopping.  For many of us, working in our yards, or taking walks is our form of exercise, as most gyms are still closed.    I spotted this amazing beautiful tulip bed on my walking through the neighborhood the other day.  I've been by this corner before, but apparently not at this time of the season.  Isn't is gorgeous!!  

Some fun chalk art at the end of someone's driveway.  People are being creative trying to keep their spirits up and we all benefit from it.  

As I made my way back home, I spotted more Colorful Covid.  I stood a minute and realized how we go through our busy lives, rushing here and there and we don't stop to notice things.  Perhaps that's one good thing that will come from this Covid time.  Stopping to enjoy the color around us.

What have you noticed during this time when you can't travel?  Are you traveling around your neighborhood?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Eerie Beach Walk Hilton Head Island

 Back in January hubby and I spent several weeks on Hilton Head Island.  We go every January.  Some think it an odd time to go to the beach, but it beats whatever the weather is here in Ohio.  It's generally warm enough to take walks, or ride bikes or play golf.  Sweater weather or a bit more.  Once in awhile fog will roll in about 4 o'clock.   It's usually quite quick and doesn't last long.
 This year however, we had days of fog.  Literally  3 or 4 days in a row that lasted all day.  It was quite bizarre.  As you can tell, you really can't see the ocean.  One day as I started out to walk from our condo (Marriott's Monarch in Sea Pines), I turned around and realized I couldn't even see the resort and thought I might not be able to find my way back.  
 This day's visibility was a bit better, but certainly not much by way of distance.  The blue walk way was very helpful though as I was making my way back.
It was rather eerie I thought.  You could hear people talking often but not actually see them until you were right up close.  Not sure why we had so much of it this year, but it kept me from walking as much as I usually do.  It kept me from bike riding as well.  If you can't see where you're going...best not go.  Now hubby still managed to play golf because the courses were far enough away from the ocean and they would clear.

I did a fair amount of knitting and participating in the resorts activities like playing Bingo and Trivia.  



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Friday, December 20, 2019

Dash In, Fort Wayne Indiana, and Fitbit

Dash In in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   I recently had an interesting travel excursion.  Fitbit, a tracker that keeps track of miles walked or run is a form of travel.  You travel around your neighborhood, to or from the gym, perhaps local parks to get your steps in.......miles in.  You travel miles.  A Fitbit friend from Canada, Sandy R. and I have been connected as friends for a long time on line in various Fitbit Groups.  Her hubby was doing business in Fort Wayne Indiana, which is about a 2.5 hour drive for me from Columbus, Ohio.
 Sandy and I made plans to meet up--face to face--while her hubby was taking care of business.  We stayed downtown at the Convention Center (other pictures later), this restaurant was within walking distance of our hotels and came highly recommended by the hotels front desk.
 It didn't disappoint.  Lots of very good options at Dash-In.  The restaurant has a lot character, friendly staff and excellent food.  
 This was my lunch, wonderful homemade soup, (tomato bisque).  It was a good day for hot soup, as it was quite chili and windy out.  
Sandy also opted for half a sandwich and soup.  We both enjoyed our meals and would indeed recommend this restaurant.  What a joy it was too meet face to face after talking daily on line for YEARS.  We had a wonderful lunch and never stopped finding things to talk about.

If you have the opportunity to travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana...please do take time to get a drink and a meal at Dash In.  I would indeed go back.

Would love to know if any of you have let your Fitbit lead you to interesting travels.  Please let me know in the comments.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Pacific Northwest, Port Orford, Oregon

Back in June, my Darling Daughter and I combined a business trip she had visiting colleges (she's a college counselor) with a drive up the west coast.  It was quite a drive with some beautiful scenery in places, but a very tedious and LONG drive.  Not one I would want to repeat.  The road is narrow, very twisty, and there's next to no way to stop for food or potty etc.  That wasn't something we were expecting; but............one of the bright spots was Port Orford, Oregon.  We stopped for an overlook area.

We wanted to see, and we wanted to get out of the car and stretch our legs a bit.



  Pretty views, and you can see off on the right lots of fishing boats.
And in general, it was just pretty, peaceful and we were glad we stopped.

This caught our attention and so we made our way over to the sign.

It's still a bit hard to read, but after some googling this is what I learned.  The propeller is all that remains from The Wreck of the Cottoneva from Feb 10, 1937.  This ship was a cargo ship, transporting lumber and had started in Los Angeles.  It stopped here in the port of Port Orford presumably to take on more lumber to make it's way to Grays Harbour in Washington, but 75 mph winds made the ship run aground.  The Coast Guard saved all 26 Seamen and their Captain, Captain Eberhard Stahlbaum.

I wanted to learn more about it, but the little visitors center was closed when we arrived, so all I managed to do was to get a few pictures looking through the glass.


 You can see even though these aren't great pictures how difficult the shoreline must have been
The google map above and search indicated it is 412.1 miles from Port Orford, Oregon to Grays Harbour in Washington which was the ships intended destination.

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