Journey Jotters

Bitten by the travel bug

In my earlier post, I detailed our weekend experience in a Getaway cabin. I wished to share my final thoughts in a separate post. The essence of a Getaway cabin is to connect with nature and detach from technology, allowing for relaxation. Social distancing in nature and a chance to reconnect with each other without …

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Yesterday, I posted about the essence of Getaway cabins. For Thanksgiving last year, I booked a Getaway cabin in the Dallas Outpost at LaRue, Texas. This area forms a part of the Piney Woods, known for its thick pine forests. LaRue is about two and a half hours from our home in North Texas.

2020 will forever be a watershed moment, a time when our lives became irreversibly divided into the pre-and post-pandemic periods. Like most people, we spent the greater part of the year staying home, venturing out only for important activities like work, groceries, or nature walks. We booked and canceled cabin stays when cases became exceptionally …

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The JJ family had a chance to take its first trip out of Dallas this Labor Day weekend. It was our first in several months. And since COVID-19 is still a significant player in all communities, we wanted a hotel that we could rely on. Mr. JJ’s research found that Fairmont Austin had several precautionary …

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On the last day of the Garden Route, we planned to drive to the Cape Winelands/Franschhoek Valley to experience its famed vineyards before heading to Cape Town the following day for the last part of our trip. The drive from Brenton Haven to our hotel was about 280 miles (about 450 km), a drive of …

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Our fourth day, we were to fly down from aha Makalali to the Garden Route. We had to forego our game drive that morning as our transfer to Hoedspruit Airport was at 8 am. Phimi and her staff ensured that a hot breakfast was made especially for us, so we didn’t go hungry. The drive …

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