Month: April 2021

HAVING A “PLAN B” WHEN YOU ARE “BURNED OUT” ON VACATION

HAVING A “PLAN B” WHEN YOU ARE “BURNED OUT” ON VACATION

“Hot, windy weather like this creates a high fire risk” the septuagenarian ranger who had lived his entire life in the area told the group of visitors to Glacier National Park who had joined him for an interpretive walk near Lake McDonald.

(Dick Jordan Photo)

“You mean a fire like that one” my wife said, pointing to a wisp of grayish-white smoke off in the distance over the ranger’s shoulder.

“S…” the ranger exclaimed as he rushed back to his pickup truck to radio in a report of the fire.

And that was a harbinger of what would ultimately force us to hastily devise a “Plan B” to modify our planned two-week trip to western Montana.

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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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