Staycation, Interrupted

Without a doubt, 2020 is the year of the staycation. Don’t need to explain why.

Young love

But… being stuck at home since March, with nary a change in scenery, was starting to grate on us. What about a short road trip? Somewhere not too far, with decent scenery, decent food, relatively low Covid infection rates, and most importantly, no kids.

So, my wife and I decided to head out to Québec City, only a 4½-hour drive away from home in Ottawa. Checks all the boxes, to be certain. We even brought our bikes along to allow us to cover more ground in less time when wandering around. Thankfully, the weather cooperated!

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Philadelphia, revisited

Philadelphia is one of those cities that doesn’t seem to get much respect, especially from New Yorkers. To be honest, I’m not sure why. I had the pleasure of spending a week there on business in 2017 and found Philly to be a beautiful, vibrant, and interesting city, with lots to see and do.

Of course, given the time available, I only saw a small part of the city. Both my hotel and my customer’s offices were downtown, within 3km of each other, albeit on opposite sides of City Hall.

This kept me in the heart of the business and tourist areas, to be sure.

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The Sleeping Giant

The Sleeping Giant is a formation of mesas and sills on Sibley Peninsula which resembles a giant lying on its back when viewed from the west to north-northwest section of Thunder Bay, Ontario. (Wikipedia)

I had to squint to see it. But it’s there.

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There and back

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Wake up Tuesday at 0400

Uber to the airport

Security & Customs

Boarding

Quick stop at LGA

Off to ATL

Uber to the office

Meetings + Meetings

Crash at the hotel

More meetings

Uber to ATL

Off to LGA

Dinner at LGA

Wheels up

Wheels down

Uber home

In bed at 0100 on Thursday (45 hours later)

I brought my X100F along for this trip. She keeps me sane.

A fine mid-century morning

The NOIA Building in downtown Palm Springs looks like the kind of place Don Draper would have worked in, had he not been a New Yorker.

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