As I write this, it has been six months since my wife and I returned from our last foray – a “Disney Date” at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Just two days ago we finally returned there. Six months of semi-isolation due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Yet, we were lucky throughout – no symptoms and a pair of negative test results just a few weeks ago. So how did I make it through those months without distant travel?
Halfway through, we just needed to “get away”, so we headed to MargaritaVille Orlando for a mini-vacation. It felt so good to get outside, swimming and sunning while socially distancing. Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated low-key.
A hotel stay at that time required giving up some fancy restaurant, and thoughtfully navigating through the hotel lobby. Even a dip in the pool meant always being aware of the surrounding crowds.
Next up was a carefully-planned drive to Saratoga Springs, New York – not for vacation but for a two week isolation prior to visiting my son’s family in New Jersey. We had a vacant home where we could do that. In the past, we would have visited the historic thoroughbred track, or caught a concert at the Performing Arts Center. Not this trip…the ultimate purpose precluded the pleasures of the past. Even the family visit was changed – we rented a cabin with my son’s family to provide another layer of isolation. Beach and backyard were the daily routines. Amazing how much fun can be had without tv and Internet!
In October, we thought it would be quiet enough at the beaches in Florida, so we found a small Inn where we could walk right onto the beach for spaced-apart fun with the grandkids, and enough outdoor dining locations with safety precautions.
In the last few weeks, we filled time at home, with sewing for my wife and puzzles for me. Time for real travel is still months off, with a vaccine on its way. So those months before are now happy memories instead of doom and gloom. It’s all about recalling the best, while forgetting the worst. Memories are your mind’s way of traveling back through the good times.

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