Saturday, March 28, 2020

Are you going to live here forever?

The little kids next door have been having fun riding their bikes across my lawn and my driveway. In the past they have done adorable things like knock on my door and sprint away, leaving me with a bouquet of dandelions. Today I was getting out of my car after snowshoeing, and the youngest kid approached.

"Are you going to live here FOREVER?" he asked.

I hesitated. "Um, probably not? Are you going to live here forever?"

"Yes!"  he answered.

I probably won't live in this house forever, in this neighborhood. But because I have been forced to stay close to home, I have been working on appreciating the local things. I had to cancel an Idaho backpacking trip that has a short window, so it won't happen this year. I threw a small tantrum (alone), felt silly, and decided to make the best of what I have here.

My backpack is still packed though. I'm not giving up hope that we will have a backpacking season.


Ruby and I went for a hike up the East Fork. I picked the fork with the least footprints, and when I caught up to the hikers in front of me, I turned around. In my community there are still people camping by the river in large groups, and I don't want to be part of the problem and cause the trails to be closed (though I hear rumors they will be).

We also found that there was enough snow for snowshoeing, and the views aren't bad.

I've been thinking about how to reconfigure my life if there is no hiking this summer. Kayak laps around the lake (if the launch is open)? Ride my bike every day? Run more? It won't be ideal, but I will find a way to make it work.

I hope everyone is doing all right. I'm still working, and so my life has not changed that much. My work trips have been canceled and my writing workshop is in jeopardy, but those are small things in the face of what others are going through. Stay safe, friends.

15 comments:

  1. I love your snow and lake views. Kayak laps around the lake should be pretty safe for social distancing.

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    1. I think so, at least right now. I am going to drag my boat out of storage once it stops snowing.

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  2. Now that you mention kayaking if this goes on through early summer maybe this will be my year to get a SUP if they don't close lake access at Whiskeytown.

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    1. YES, I am afraid the county access will close, but there are little side trails to the lake..they can't close a whole lake, can they..sigh. Probably.

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  3. https://ultramonk.blogspot.com/2020/03/corona-virus-and-dopamine-rewards.html

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  4. I have access to trails from my house, but since I traveled here from Alaska less than two weeks ago, I've been avoiding them altogether. I hear they've been flooded with people home from work as well. I've also seen whining on my mountain biking social media forums from people who feel they should be entitled to drive to Vail or Fruita or wherever and enjoy themselves. The sheer entitlement from some in the outdoor community is so frustrating. I am cultivating the attitude that learning to better appreciate my immediate community and surroundings is a fantastic opportunity. However, I am looking forward to venturing onto some trails when my two weeks are up ... assuming they are still open.

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    1. Even though we are in lockdown, there are still people driving 50 miles to camp with others. I'm just not sure that is a wise move, not so much for spreading the virus (pretty sure nobody is traveling out of the county now) but because the Forest Service will see that and close the trails for all of us.

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  5. You have way less people doing outdoor things than where I live so you are still probably ok to go out hiking. My "hikes" now have been relegated to local excursions at nearby parks. Better than nothing, though. Sure hope this is over by summertime!

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    1. It is fortunate that it is not tourist season. I just heard the forest has closed developed sites and trailheads. What that means nobody knows. Can you still hike the trails without parking there? Of course they are still pretty snowy.

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  6. I hope you will have a backpacking season of some kind! I enjoy getting lost in your write-ups! Our National Parks and Provincial Parks are closed. The mountain towns outside the Parks want no one coming into them who don't live there. We can hike in the Provincial Parks if you can get to them without a vehicle! We do have city parks that at this point are still open.

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    1. So that hasn't happened yet (that you can't drive). But we are still so snowy that nobody is really around. I bet it changes during tourist season.

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  7. No hiking, no jogging, no boating, no wandering on the beach or n the city parks. Here in France it's only allowed to go to the nearest store for food shopping, you have to be less than one kilometer from home if you want to jog or take the dog for a walk. If you can't work at home you must take your car and go to work using the shortest route.
    Strict confinement is the only way to avoid the virus to spread all over. But I'm anxious to be allowed to hike again, I'm on pins and needles !
    Shorcut

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    1. Wow. That is really strict. You would see me running the same kilometer over and over. Now I feel lucky.

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