I flew into AVP for a work trip to Binghamton, New York, where flights directly into Binghamton were expensive enough to make the drive from northeastern Pennsylvania worthwhile.
The most unusual part of the airport was that (at least in 2011 when I visited) the taxiway didn’t extend all the way to the end of the runway – which meant we got to taxi down part of the runway itself, then make a U-turn to take off.
I remember that the airport gift shop had quite a lot of The Office merchandise, which made sense as that’s probably Scranton’s biggest pop culture claim to fame. I was excited to go to Scranton for a different reason, though: to drive down the hill known for the banana truck incident in the Harry Chapin song 30,000 Pounds of Bananas.
For my 2010s Decade in Travel post, I manually created a heatmap showing the parts of the United States and world where I’d spent the most time traveling. Since I’ve been playing around with QGIS recently, I went ahead and used it to create a proper heatmap of my travels.
The hotter (more yellow) each area of the map is, the more nights I’ve spent there. The map clearly shows that the majority of my travel is within the United States, with a lot of travel to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in particular. Other especially hot areas are Seattle and Orlando, both of which have had many work and personal trips.
Since I originally drew BWI in 2015, Concourse E (the northernmost concourse) underwent an expansion. As this was one of my earlier-drawn terminals and had some parts I wasn’t happy with, I took the opportunity to entirely redraw BWI.
I’m fortunate that my health and finances have both been well during the COVID-19 crisis. Nonetheless, my job has temporarily suspended travel, and I’m not taking any vacations during my state’s stay-at-home order, which is a bit of a change of pace when I’m used to constant trips.
This lockdown is the longest period I’ve been home since my first work trip: