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Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago

sunny 60 °F

As we await the start of "normal travel" we visited our son and family in the burbs of Chicago and spent a few hours at the Field Museum of Natural History - one of our nation's great museums.

Click this link to view a photo album of our visit:Field Museum
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Central Florida

Ocala

For my second trip since March, I went down to visit my brother who lives in Ocala. We decided to do some local sight seeing other than Disney and Universal! So:

We took in Lakeridge Winery in Clermont - about 45 minutes south of Ocala, Sholom Park in Ocala, and Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs. This used to be a commercial property, but the state took it over. I had not been there since the 60's but it is still a wonderful place,

Click Central FLorida t0 view the photo album

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Travelling home

After a great wedding, I flew home on Delta through Atlanta, just to get a different perspective. Not much was different than the trip north. Check-in in Cleveland was easy as was TSA Pre-check.

The main difference is that Delta thoroughly cleans the planes between flights including misting the air. They have spaced out their departures so that there is sufficient time to make this happen. Masks were required as expected and middle seats were left open. Upon boarding each passenger was provided with an alcohol wipe by the flight attendant. On board snacks consisted of a pre-packaged bag with a small bottle of water and some standard Delta munchies.

Atlanta was still quite busy with a number of flights coming and going, however there were not international flights on the departure board. The sky club was open, with masks required and the food available was all pre-packaged, but tasty. People were pretty good about wearing masks except when eating and drinking and tried to space themselves out.

As the Pilot said Delta is now the 'clean machine' and suggested that if everyone wore a mask, we would be done with this sooner rather than later!

Next trip in in December hopefully. A Caribbean cruise on Royal Clipper.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock on...

sunny 78 °F

Today's excursion was to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, established in 1983 and located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential musicians, bands, producers, and others that have in some major way influenced the music industry, particularly in the area of rock and roll.[1] Originally, there were four categories of induction: performers, non-performers, early influences, and lifetime achievement. In 2000, "sidemen" was introduced as a category.

The only category that has seen new inductees every single year is the performers category. Artists become eligible for induction in that category 25 years after the release of their first record.[2] In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects a number of candidates, the highest being 16 for the 2020 class. Ballots are then sent to more than 1,000 "rock experts" who evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes are inducted.

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Travelling again....

sunny 75 °F

Having not left Charleston since my return from Vietnam, I took off this weekend to Cleveland Ohio for my nephew's wedding, For those that are wondering what travel is like, here are my thoughts.

I flew up on Southwest. The check-in process was the same except for a lot fewer people in the airport. The interesting thing was TSA in Charleston is upgrading their equipment during the lull. Everyone was wearing masks, and some of the shops were shut down.

The boarding process was smooth. SW boarded 10 people at a time by you usual boarding sequence number. No vent masks or bandanas were allowed and they said no head scarfs, but some had them and the let them board. SW had masks available at the checkin counter at the gate. Children under 2 were not required to have a mask. The plane to BWI was "Covid Full" in that all the window and aisle seats were taken with no middle seats occupied unless by families.

BWI was similar to Charleston - in that there were lots fewer people. All of the food venues were open, most of the shops, and only1 of the two TSA check points.

Arrival in Cleveland was as expected, but at the rental car area (common to all companies) there were very few cars in the lot, Most of the companies had moved their cars to a staging area I guess. My car had a 'clean' sticker on it.

We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. The room had a Hilton Clean sticker on it and daily housekeeping is done only on request. There was no breakfast available, but they did have some juice and microwave items for sale. Masks were required inside the hotel. Went to a BBQ place for dinner. Limited capacity so we had to wait for about 30 minutes. All were wearing masks unless eating or drinking.

Today we have a scheduled ticket for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You make a reservation for crowd control I am sure. Then this evening the wedding at a local golf club.

Stay safe and wear a mask as we try to return to normal!

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