Saturday, August 15, 2020

Renewed passport arrived in mail, waiting out COVID-19 to make overseas plans

My expired passport is expired no more, and I'm looking forward to planning an oversea excursion in the not too distant future.

Hopefully. I had initially planned on doing some traveling on or around my birthday this year, but I really want to wait until the world isn't grappling with COVID-19 before spending the money on an airline ticket and hotel.

I don't want to drop a chunk of change to fly anywhere for pleasure when masks are still a requirement in public spaces, or there might even be another lockdown required due to further spread of the virus.

I had previously been looking at Sydney, having had a great time in Australia my first time around. Some potential spots in Europe seem exciting as well. I'll keep you updated here once I've decided and set the time and place.

Hopefully a vaccine will receive approval sometime next year and we can go back to life as usual.

A new podcast is likely coming soon. Keep an eye on my Twitter for the announcement.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Grand Canyon in Arizona is as spectacular as you've always heard

I drove from San Antonio yesterday morning around 7 a.m. and followed Google Maps instructions to arrive to at the Grand Canyon in Arizona early this morning.

I stopped for about three hours of sleep at an I-40 rest stop late last night and completed the trip to Grand Canyon National Park shortly after sunrise today.

That's just under 16 hours of driving time, plus any stops made for gas, bathroom breaks or meals along the way.

I shot some short videos on my phone that I may piece together and post on YouTube when I get back to San Antonio, if that is something y'all have interest in seeing.

The Grand Canyon is always described using superlatives that I will cease from repeating much here, but needless to say those descriptions are apt. It was well worth the drive to get here yesterday and finally see the place, and you should do the same sometime in your life if you haven't already.

One thing I found fascinating was how much of the canyon is free of guard rails or any sort of protection from missteps or loss of balance. You can literally fall into that thing if you're not careful. And I understand from some information online that every year people actually do.

But let's not focus on that. That's horrible. Let's focus on the vast majority of the people that visit each year and leave as healthy and uninjured as they arrived. As I did.

I found the Grand Canyon spectacular in its immensity and scenic beauty. I think you will as well.

I might stop by the meteor crater on I-40 on the way back to Texas, and I look forward to driving through Roswell, New Mexico, again as I did yesterday. I don't know about you, but I think it's just about time we found out for sure if that was a spaceship that crashed out there.