Well the time has finally come to get this circus moving again. I know, I know….. the plague has not yet subsided in many places. I am sensitive to that, but there are other factors over which I debated before making my decision. Gulf Shores is becoming overrun with tourists. It’s a thriving beach area and believe me, you’d think nothing was ever different. It’s also becoming quite expensive since it’s now tourist season. There’s a new sign over Mobile Bay reading “Damn the Corona, Full Speed Ahead…….to the beach!”
The simple fact is, social distancing and self-quarantine had virtually no effect on my lifestyle. I stick mostly to myself, only go places where crowds exist, like grocery stores, when I need to, and I finally do have a mask. Seriously, about the only thing I was forced to give up was going out to eat, which I don’t do very often although I did my share of take-out over the last couple of months.
I will be missing some things along the way that I would normally take the opportunity to visit. For instance, I would have visited the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic site today under other circumstances. The museum is open, but even in these counties where the infection numbers and rates are low, I don’t feel the need to be part of the problem. So, I will keep from those types of activities till things are much closer to normal, or what used to be normal. Just gives me a reason to someday return this way.
About the most questionable activity I will continue is golf. But there again, the precautions golf courses have put in place have reduced the risks to almost nothing. Nobody touchers your bag or clubs but you. Most grills or restaurants are closed or are only serving through the walk-up window or the refreshment carts. Only 1 person allowed per cart, even if you came as a group. If not, they are not pairing strangers together. I’ve played a few times since March, always completely by myself and except for the refreshment cart girls, never within dozens of yards of another person, never mind six feet. You may disapprove but I think it’s not unreasonable.
So I arrived in Orange Beach/Gulf Shores (they are essentially the same place and I did change RV Resorts one time from one to the other) on March 11th and left yesterday, May 29th. Aside from some golf I did get some good riding in. In fact, I pretty well managed to cover southern and central Baldwin County.
It’s good to be moving again.