Month: April 2021

GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

The good news is that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are ready to pack your bags and travel.

The bad news is that the “original” novel coronavirus and its variants are still moving through the world and that none of the available vaccines provide 100% immunity from them.

You want to head to San Francisco and your anti-COVID strategy is to spend as much time as possible outdoors during your stay.

The good news is that if you are going to visit between now (mid-to-late April) and October the odds that you will get rained on are low. But summer in and around the City of San Francisco can be windy, foggy and cold, at least at times. So sweaters, jackets and long pants and long-sleeved shirts should be in your suitcase, not just shorts and tee-shirts.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities during your stay. Some visitor facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area mentioned it this story may be closed due to the pandemic so be sure to check online to see what will actually be open during your stay.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE RENTAL CARS GONE: NOT ON THE ROAD AGAIN

WHERE HAVE ALL THE RENTAL CARS GONE: NOT ON THE ROAD AGAIN

If you read my recent story (“Fully Vaccinated But Going Nowhere”) you know that thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic I haven’t done an away-from-home overnight trip since January of 2020. And if you have been following my on-going re-cap of virus-related travel stories (“The Impact of The Coronavirus on Recent and Future Travel”) you know that COVID-19 markedly reduced both domestic travel within the U.S. as well as international travel by Americans heading abroad and citizens from other countries visiting the U.S. for well over a year.

But the availability of vaccines appears to have unleashed a strong pent-up desire on the part of those who have received “The Jab” to travel because (to steal lyrics from one of Willie Nelson’s famous tunes) they “just can’t wait to get on the road again” and they are booking flights, hotels and (so they think) reserving rental cars.

Unfortunately, as revealed by comments to a Facebook post that included a link to this recent Wall Street Journal article (“Wait, Where Did All the Rental Cars Go?”) those who have tried to “hit the road” after flying to a destination have encountered some very unpleasant surprises.

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FULLY VACCINATED BUT GOING NOWHERE

FULLY VACCINATED BUT GOING NOWHERE

It  been over two months since I had the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

So I am presumably as protected as possible at the present time from getting infected, seriously ill, hospitalized or dying due to the novel coronavirus.

On Friday, April 2, 2021, the Washington Post reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC) announced that fully vaccinated persons could resume travel within the U.S.

“without getting a coronavirus test or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended public health measures, such as wearing masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.”

The newspaper also reported that the CDC had decided that

“For international travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested before their trips unless it is required by the destination, the guidance says. For their return to the United States, fully vaccinated people should get tested and have a negative result before they board an international flight back to the United States.”

The last overnight out-of-town trip I took was in January of 2020, before the pandemic began its deadly spread across the U.S., when I went to Coos Bay to see one of my films screened at the historic Egyptian Theatre during the Oregon Coast Film Festival.

During the past fifteen months the farthest away from home I’ve ventured is about 10 miles east to get pizza-to-go once a month and once 10 miles south down I-5 for an outdoor lunch last summer at a bakery favored by “locals.”

So you’ve think like other Americans suffering from long-term “cabin fever” I would planning at least a short “getaway” trip by car or a farther-away-from-home trip by air and be busy booking lodging and flights.

But I’m not. I’m staying put. At least for the moment.

Here’s why.

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