Social distancing has become the mantra of this new era we’ve entered (hopefully temporarily). From the chaos and heartbreak brought on by the Big V, hiking seems to have emerged as an acceptable – nay extolled – way of getting out of the house while still maintaining one’s distance. We just wish hiking’s moment had arrived under happier circumstances. We’re fortunate to: (1) like hiking and (2) live in a small town surrounded by vast expanses of parks and forests and wilderness. These provide ample opportunities to be out there without ever getting too near (or even seeing) another person.
The LovedOne has more time for hiking now that her library volunteer work is on hold due to the county library’s indefinite closure. 😦 So today we practiced our distancing (and got a brief respite from anxiety fueled by the Big V) during a short (4 mile) walk through the nearby Jacksonville Woodlands. We saw or passed maybe a dozen other people, none of whom got within six feet of us. This left us time to focus on some of the early wildflowers that are popping-up throughout the woodlands.
Having squelched the anxiety and done what little we could to fight the contagion, we went in search of some take-out (all the restaurants are closed at the moment to sit-down customers) to put some money into the local service economy, which is hurting from the closures and a lack of tourists. We’re willing to ante-up here because we need healthy people and a healthy economy. 🙂RETURN TO FRONT PAGE