I live in a wonderful place with a lot of close by opportunities to get out for a short walk now and then. I am not pushing my COVID-19 boundaries…rather not get into trouble with the Hoganmeister…Governor Hogan…or get anyone sick or get sick myself.
However, I know how to pick place and time for solitude on the trail. That is one of the benefits to being a regular hiker, I know where the secret places are and/or the times when everyone else stays home.
Occasionally, I have taken Sidekick Pauli and she is loving it! She is going to be 13 on May 10, is covered with lumps, and is graying around her muzzle, but she still enjoys a mile or so on a trail. 🙂 Especially when wildflowers are beginning to bloom! We took this micro jaunt along the C&O Canal in western Maryland…not a soul in sight.
I am fortunate to have outdoor resources so near to my house. I can get there and back without stopping for gas, to go to the bathroom, or anything else. Added benefit is that I am reconnecting with solo hiking. I definitely miss hiking with my Trail Dames right now, but once this is all over, we will hike again.
In between the outdoor jaunts I am on lock down with almost everyone else. I am a teacher and the show must go on…but it has not been an easy transition to online instruction for me or my college students. I am sure it has been an interesting transition for you as well.
If you are a healthcare worker, a bus driver, a grocery store employee, or any other occupation deemed essential…I salute and thank you. You all are getting all the rest of us though this pandemic and your sacrifice is immeasurable.
Be safe and Hike on responsibly!