Florida Day One : Travel In The Pandemic
It was a difficult decision, to travel in the pandemic, risk versus reward. I had every intention with complying with mask wearing, social distancing and, hiking in the Everglades, avoiding crowds. Quarantine when I return , of course. Still two sides to the story, and, well, reward won out and on Wednesday I was on a flight bound for Florida again. As I had hoped, the flight was half empty and I had a seat in the last row without anyone near me.
It was the first time I flew on Allegiant Air out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was a direct three hour flight to Fort Lauderdale. I wore a double mask and was happy to see everyone else on the flight do the same. I only flew out of this airport once before. Looking out from the terminal I saw, what I think was the Lehigh Gap in the distance behind the control tower.
As our plane climbed into the sky I saw in the distance another familiar sight, the dual cooling towers of the former PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township. This is where I hike almost every weekend, the PPL Wetlands. Such an interesting perspective seeing how close the two rivers I hike, the Susquehanna and the Lehigh, really are.
I was a little worried having to wear a mask for three hours but it was no problem. I passed the time learning about my new camera and watching the scenery pass below. Art first it was snow covered, but soon, somewhere over Virginia I think the ground was bare. This photo is from somewhere over North Carolina I believe.
Our plane landed on time and I was surprised to find my luggage at the baggage claim when I arrived. I like this airline. However, in the airport I realized my greatest fear to travel in a pandemic. A number of people walking boldly unmasked. I wasn’t going to confront them. I avoided them and made for the exit.
It wasn’t long until I got my car, I was told it would be a Volkwagon Jetta but instead I was surprised to have this nifty white Dodge Charger available for me. I was ahead of schedule! It is usually a one hour drive to my hotel in Florida City. I had my car a 3;50 p.m. and hoped to be at my hotel before 5 o’clock. Plenty of time for a quick visit to the Everglades.
Well I roamed the backroads of southern Florida in a traffic jam for over an hour. I didn’t arrive at my hotel, the Best Western Gateway to the Keys until almost 6 p.m. The sunset sets at 6:17 so no visit to the Everglades.
After eating I finished my walk. It was dark when I returned . It wasn’t long before I was asleep, looking forward to my visit in the Everglades in the morning. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my travel in the pandemic. Florida Day One Flight to Florida City February 17 2021.
“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” – Amelia Earhart