February 1980 - Montreal to Florida
We took a winter road trip with my parents. We spent the first night in Washington DC where it was cold, I just checked it was 33F.
This was the days of Canadians not requiring passports to enter the States. My, how things have changed.
This was the year of the "Canadian Caper",the popular name given to the joint covert rescue by the Canadian government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of six American diplomats who had evaded capture during the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, and taking of embassy personnel as hostages by Islamist students and militants on November 4, 1979.
The "caper" involved CIA agents (Tony Mendez and a man known as "Julio") joining the six diplomats to form a fake film crew made up of six Canadians, one Irishman and one Latin American who were finishing scouting for an appropriate location to shoot a scene for the nominal science-fiction film Argo. The ruse was carried off on the morning of Sunday, January 27, 1980, at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The eight Americans successfully boarded a Swissair flight to Zürich and escaped Iran.
Americans were grateful for Canadian efforts to rescue American diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis.
We benefited during this trip with many perks like tickets to Disney at Canadian dollar entrance prices.
We snapped a few photos the next day as we left DC.
Driving through South Carolina we are entertained by the billboards for South of the Border.
We went to Disney Magic Kingdom.
The 10 cent bear we had to drag around with us after I won it flipping a dime on a game.
We drove to Key West.