Our USA road trip in a coronavirus world was a bit surreal, with numerous places closed or hours of operations modified. It was certainly a challenge to plan an itinerary! Big Bertha was ready and waiting for another road trip so we accommodated by driving from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, back to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Highlights of this road trip were the quirky “world’s largest ____” oddities that we found in Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. We love these peculiar finds strewn throughout the States. Another highlight was traveling on Rt 66 in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas – a classic USA road trip to be sure! The Palo Duro Canyon state park in Texas (home to the second largest canyon in the US) was another unexpected gem which made up for White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns being closed due to the virus. We picked up Becky’s nieces in Texas and brought them on the road with us to Florida, getting a crash course in parenting a 5 year old and a 9 year old! Big Bertha was a bit cramped with 4 travelers but we survived. After a brief stay in Florida, our second road trip was from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to SCUBA with sand tiger sharks at the fabled “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with Olympic Dive Center. North Carolina’s coastal waters are notorious for their fickle weather, so we lucked out with 2 of our 3 days of diving being a “go”. We met an unlucky diver who had made 4 attempts to dive here, striking out each time. Back in Florida, snorkeling with manatees has become our latest obsession, and we have grown quite fond of the floaty potatoes. Hopefully 2021 will bring more travel opportunities as we are getting a bit stir crazy being in the US for so long!
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