The pandemic races onwards, picking up a head of steam like a hurricane. The numbers here in Canada are low compared to some worldwide but they are climbing here so quickly. This is an incredibly worrisome trend. Although the lockdown has been lifted worldwide we all need to limit our movements and keep our bubbles small. I can tell you that there is a lot of it I just don’t get it. Unfortunately I know that I’m blogging to those who feel the same so it’s not going to change anything but I still have to say it. Stay home.
I’m happy to report that staying home is exactly what we’re doing. Between gardening season and construction there’s not a lot of time to socialize. In fact I wonder how the heck I did this with a full time job for the last decade plus. We’ve had a few social distance visits with various friends and family but we only have one other family in our bubble.
During the lockdown it seemed easy. Worldwide we shut our borders, closed the schools, cancel elective surgeries, etc. and everybody who could stayed home. Then when the threat was over we slowly open up and get to enjoy summer. With that scenario in mind we actually did book our usual 5 day camping trip. I was very hesitant as it seems like washroom facilities might not be open and perhaps not even the beaches. My other half convinced me that we could always cancel if we didn’t feel comfortable going.
Fast forward from April to July and reinsert the opening paragraph again here… About the chaos. About hockey players from Sask going to Manitoba under assumed names to play a game when interprovincial travel is not recommended for sporting activities. About 500 people who had a party in central Alberta. About a beach in the lower mainland becoming an impromptu drum concert with 500 people. I am sure I could find more examples in Canada of people not using common sense, good judgement and keeping risks to a minimum; except maybe in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Newfoundland/Labrador. They have opened up but don’t seem to be “suffering” from pandemic fatigue. Again the the really? 5 months and society as a whole can’t be expected to follow health guidelines?
Which sort of brings me back to camping. Social distancing is easy at a camp site except for the washrooms and maybe the beach although we go to a lake with many many beach options. But that washroom thing even at the best of times… Ugh, I think my first cautionary tale on the blog was about my bout with septic shock. Which seques into what finally happened for us.
We’ve spent 24 years in a tent trailer. We put money in the budget about a decade ago to upgrade. The whole tiny fridge on the floor, no freezer, all the food on cupboards at floor level and the single side bed entry were starting to wear on us. We did some looking at a trailer show about 4 years ago but that’s as far as it got. It did help us figure out what we wanted for features. Then last spring we started looking at a few used listings as we’ve decided we don’t use it often enough to justify the hefty price tag of a new one. Then time got away from us and we went camping in our old reliable.
About 4 weeks ago I had another bout of insomnia and did some Marketplace/Kijiji looking. I found a couple of possibilities and sent the link to my other half. Then he started looking and next thing you know we are out physically looking at two trailers.
Which brings me back to the pandemic and buying a trailer from a 30 something social young man. The 3 of us ended up in the same space far too often despite our best attempts to distance. The trailer isn’t that big after all. I finally told him that if he gets Covid 19 he absolutely must include us in his “bubble”.
Which, again, brings me back to the stay home edict. We aren’t home but we are still maintaining our bubble. Having a camper trailer helps as we aren’t using public washrooms. When we stop at the playground with the little one we use hand sanitizer. We don’t have to go to the store for ice because we have a freezer! As for the beaches social distancing has been very easy as a couple of times we’ve had the beach to ourselves!
Which sort of brings me back to the stay home. I feel a bit like a hypocrite because I didn’t stay home. But on the other hand we did stay in our province, we are practising good social distancing and are foregoing some usual activities (the small farmers market and the ice cream stand) to maintain that distance. I guess, as with all things in life, one needs to find the balance of collective good versus your own decisions.
The opening paragraph always seems to flow, the middle usually I can ramble my way around but the ending often eludes me as it’s doing today.
Stay safe and I guess, as I used to say to my teenage kids, practise good judgement. Have a great August long weekend. See you all in a few days.