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I realize that there are many different and strong opinions on the state of the pandemic. Right now, people range from “stay at home” to “don’t do anything differently” and everything in between. For the most part, my family has resumed our pre-pandemic activities. However, in certain situations, we are erring on the side of caution, especially while Covid case counts are rising in our area and across the world.
Changing Plans Due to Omicron
I mentioned on the blog last month that I wrapped up a travel present to put under the tree. It’s a night at Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, Texas. Our kid will love the indoor water park and the entertainment area that includes rides, games, ropes course and more.
At the time we made the reservation, staying at Kalahari over the holidays seemed like a great idea. My daughter would be fully vaccinated by that time.
However, just in the past few days, my husband and I began to feel uneasy about our plans. Obviously, Omicron has been in the news a lot. I have also been shocked and saddened to see two people I know die from Covid in the past two weeks. Knowing that case counts are climbing locally and many folks in Texas are not vaccinated, the idea of spending two days in a crowded, indoor space does not seem like a good idea anymore.
Thankfully, I was able to reschedule our stay for early summer. And, since my kids never even knew about this trip, they are not disappointed about the postponement.
A Better Alternative
Instead of going home immediately after seeing family, I decided to at least book one night at a hotel to break up the drive. But then, I started looking at how great the weather was going to be, and I hatched an idea. Somehow, even very last minute, I found availability on points for a sweet suite in a hotel in a different city where we can spend most of our time outdoors. We haven’t been to the area in several years, and it’s one of my favorite spots in Texas.
Are we guaranteed to stay healthy with these new plans? Of course not. But, I am more comfortable with the lower risk. Kalahari Resort isn’t going anywhere, and we will enjoy it just as much a few months later.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.