The other day, Mr. Handsome and I were talking about our annual photo book, which I had just started making. “Shouldn’t we just skip this year?” questioned Mr. Handsome. “We can pretend it never happened.” I assured him that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we still have plenty of memorable photos worth looking back at.
We recently took a vacation to the Florida panhandle. It really was the perfect “pandemic trip.” Locals consider the panhandle to be more of an extension of Alabama, and the number of COVID-19 cases did not mimic the rest of Florida. At least while we were there, the case count was very low.
We rented a tiny condo with a small kitchen and balcony. The beach was across the street, and there was plenty of space to “social distance” while enjoying the salty air. We didn’t even have to use the public bathrooms. While we were there, a hurricane was hitting a nearby state, so the dangerous riptide prevented us from being able to swim. Even though we were expecting to spend most of the time inside, the rain was not nearly as frequent as forecasted, and we even had some periods of sun.
The “beach ambassadors” were very careful to inform everyone that the double red flag meant that swimming was prohibited. Unfortunately, Little Buddy did not understand any of that, and he desperately wanted to go in the water. We let him walk to the edge, but if we had let go of his hand, he would have gone straight in. That’s just the kind of kid he is.
My niece, on the other hand, is terrified of water and starts bawling when her feet hit the sand, whether she’s at the ocean or a lake. I find it very interesting to hear about the different reactions that kids have to certain situations.
Our vacation only lasted a few days because Mr. Handsome had to return to work. We were able to go biking one day, with Little Buddy in a trailer. Thankfully, it was during his naptime, so he fell asleep. For the short time that he was awake, he was not thrilled to be strapped in.
We found one restaurant with outdoor seating that served fresh fish, and we ate there three times. And that was about all we did. A very laid, back, relaxing vacation.