For the first time in 17 months, my kids are about to go back into a classroom. I’m grateful they are vaccinated and that our state is requiring masks. For anyone who has been in Asia over the last 18 years, you know masks are key to fending off viruses. The lessons of SARS were tough, but lasting.
So my family wanted to be safe and responsible with a short getaway before school started. Ideally, we wanted to limit contact with others and wear masks when we couldn’t isolate. We picked Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, a place my own parents would take my brother and me in the early 1980s.
It was easy to isolate. We rented a little house through Airbnb and had no contact with the owner. She had tea and a couple of teapots in the fully equipped kitchen, which was a plus for me!
We brought our bicycles and rode around the neighborhood, finding the lakefront and—a surprise for us—pelicans! Apparently the white pelican was in that area a century ago, but left around 1900. About twenty years ago they returned and now enjoy a thriving community that migrates to the Gulf of Mexico for the winter. I couldn’t get photos of the pelicans because it was getting dark and I was so surprised to see them. But here are other photos from Door County, including the Peninsula State Park.
I look forward to going back after the pandemic is over, but feeling a little restricted this time allowed us to really take in the scenery and enjoy nature. Yet if this is the future of travel, I’m all in.