Spring, summer, fall, and the pandemic refuses to go away. Hub and I like our house, but at times want a different environment, if only for a few hours. This week we ventured out and about, in our car, and toured Lion Country Safari in Florida.
The no-contact-with-humans trip satisfied social distance protocols. At the entrance booth, temporarily wearing masks, we gave our name, the employee checked her computer, and we were on our way.
We never got out of our car or opened the windows. Normally walk-through areas allow close contact with some of the animals, but these areas are closed due to Covid. We remained in our car, windows closed, air conditioning on (after all, Florida weather is hot and humid), traveling at a speed averaging 8 MPH.
We were not the only human visitors to the park. Obviously we are not the only ones eager to safely venture out. Peeking through the windows of other cars, I saw folks like us – retirees – people not working, not in school, not babysitting grandkids, folks with the flexibility to visit attractions off-season and weekdays. Florida is full of this demographic category.
Our car slowly meandered a road through Las Pampas and Ruaga National Park, the Serengeti and Gir Forest. We saw tortoises and tapirs, lots or birds, large rhinoceros and small impalas (Mostly the
animal, although we saw a couple of Impala cars on the road too). We had an up close and personal encounter with an ostrich. Click on: Ostrich encounter and view the video evidence. I think the ostrich tapped a coded message on our car window: Vote blue, vote blue, don’t forget to vote.
I took the pictures in this post, but they were taken with my cell phone, through the car window, and at times it rained. Speaking of rain…we have been in Florida eight days and it has rained six of those days.