March 2020. We left Florida early to return to Canada due to the pandemic. We did not know it would be our last trip in our motorcoach.
We struggled through the next year trying to hold on to our dreams to travel in our coach during our retirement years. And it became evident, at least as Canadians, that we could not hold on.
The price of housing in our province climbed to unimaginable levels. Government policies, specifically carbon taxes, were being enacted to put a high price on pollution and to bring the fossil fuel age to an end. This will have significant implications on running a diesel bus over the next five to ten years. And to get back into housing could become prohibitive if we waited much longer.
We made the difficult decision to sell the coach, buy a condo and wait to return to our dreams of travelling whenever the government restored our mobility rights.
All sort of factors had prevented us from travelling for the past two years. The Canadian government had set travel advisory levels that invalidated our out-of-country insurance. Because we delayed taking a vaccine, we were literally imprisoned in our own province, unable to take a plane, a train or a ferry inside or outside the country. We were denied entry into restaurants, theatres and sporting events.
However, the tide seems to be finally turning. After two long years, border restrictions have eased. Lorraine and I are now fully vaccinated and we have regained our mobility rights.
We have travel plans. In May we will be travelling down to the Great Smoky Mountains — a favourite vacation spot for the family. In June we will be in Maryland for our son’s wedding. And in November we will return to Port Charlotte, Florida.
We have booked some nice homes in Riverwood not too far from where we spent our winters at Myakka Motorcoach Resort. We will be there November through end of January and back in April. We’ve not had much luck finding a spot for February and March in that area so we just might head to the southwest US for a couple of months.
I cannot tell you how life changing it is to be able to resume our travels.
We won’t be RV Castaways but we will be snowbirds again and we will update this blog with our travels once they resume in May.
Hope some of you will follow along.