Given the opportunity, I will continue to travel, regardless of the roadblocks we may encounter.
We just returned from a two week road trip that provided interest, relaxation, and just a little excitement. Headed across country from the Southwest, our final destination was Panama City Beach, Florida before returning home.
My initial beach destination was to be Gulf Shores, Alabama. However, shortly after I had determined that location, sadly Sally hit. How ironic. I had not yet reserved a hotel, as this trip was planned somewhat last minute, given life circumstances. When I went to reserve a room, I did not find anything available in Gulf Shores, so I checked nearby Orange Beach and was able to secure a room. I had then planned to move east to Panama City Beach, Florida for a few more days, so I secured that reservation as well.
We had a few things planned coming and going, including a possible stop in New Orleans on the return trip so I could take my husband for coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde along the beautiful water.
Yes, you guessed it, the day we had planned to visit New Orleans hurricane Zeta hit. Our hearts broke for those in it’s path, as we saw the massive destruction caused by hurricane Sally weeks earlier.
We watched the news and determined we did not need to cut our visit short in Panama City Beach. Instead, we got up early to check out, and drove 13 hours straight, crossing Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and landing in eastern Texas for the night. We experienced a few intense rain storms, but dodged the path of Zeta.
Despite the storms and COVID limitations, our road trip was filled with joy, relaxation, some life lessons (staying calm during times of frustration), and a new understanding of the folks who endure the ocean storms to live by the sea. We were welcomed and treated with kindness regardless of life situations. We heard a few stories, and we saw what destruction these storms can create. We also saw hard workers out there doing what needs to be done to keep life moving forward. Although we did see a lot of political signs (!) I don’t recall any political conversations, but instead an equal enthusiasm for life and nature, as we spent a lot of time outdoors.
Soon I will post more details and photos, but my take-away is that regardless of what happens in this world, it is still worth exploring, and people are amazing!
“Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.” ~ Rumi