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What a difference a day makes....or four months

Monday, May 18, 2020

Back in NY (Westchester County) on Friday and can't get over the differences from four months ago when we left to drive to Florida. Of course it was cold here when we left and until recently it was still COLD in NY (they had snow the weekend of May 7...seriously?). Luckily we have had nice warm weather since we got back.

Four months ago Mt Kisco where we live was buzzing with activity. Now? Almost no cars out, few people, most wearing masks, most stores closed. There is a big tent in the parking lot at the hospital in case Covid-19 cases spike and they need the space. Markers in stores and sidewalks to denote the 6 ft spacing we should all respect.

Driving down we had a few snacks in the car and didn't even think about where we'd eat or use the restrooms.

Driving home? Planned our trip with AAA and couldn't stop in SC because at that time no one from NY, NJ, CT could stay in a hotel! We ended up staying outside Savannah. Hotel was clean and we didn't need our bag of supplies that included: paper towels, rubbing alcohol, Lysol, alcohol wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer and toilet paper....just in case. pumping gas we wore gloves.

Had dinner in GA at a restaurant that had recently reopened with limited service. All severs wore gloves and masks and we ate outside w/Fletcher. Got lunches to go at Subway both days and in SC the workers had plastic sheeting all around the area where they made the sandwiches. No place to sit so we had lunch on the grass.

Pleasantly surprised that restrooms were even cleaner than usual.

And almost no traffic. for those who drive between Baltimore and Fredicksburg, VA hitting no traffic is almost a miracle! Same with getting close to the GW Bridge in NY.

Now getting used to the new "normal" here. Westchester is in the Mid Hudson region and won't be going to phase 1 reopening any time soon. Luckily Instacart is working for us and many restaurants are going take out or delivery. Have ventured out and any place that is open requires a mask and limits customers. Can't bring your own bag either.

Get to talk to neighbors from a distance and at least can say hello to friends.

The nearby park is open as are some of the other parks which we'll get out to explore for one of our many daily walks. Walking here is much more of a workout than in Florida which is pretty flat. Walking uphill for the last 1/2 mile was more intense than I'd remembered.

And life goes on and we continue to do what we need to do to stay safe.

Hope you are all staying safe and strong.
Be healthy.
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    I agree with you! The changes are intense. "They" are trying to open Las Vegas, too. But I think it is WAY too early! We are SP & know how to be healthy & safe, right? YES! IF I can find a bathroom open it is cleaner! Glad you made it home safety!
    123 days ago
    So interesting to observe the changes -- some for the good (cleaner restrooms) but sad that the social distancing from your friends "at home" needs to continue.

    Very glad you had such a safe and unexpectedly pleasant trip. You were prepared!!!
    123 days ago
    Thanks for the information on your trip. We will be starting back to Maine in a few weeks. We do not go 95 which sounds like what you did. I hope our trip goes as smoothly. Stay safe, and enjoy your home.
    123 days ago
    Glad you arrived safely! Some really great planning!
    123 days ago
    Traveling any distance is certainly much more of a challenge. With bathroom and food stops far and few between, it takes some planning. With people staying home, the traffic is greatly reduced, although I've only traveled the Interstate 3 times to make an 80 mile round trip for groceries, the no traffic works for me.

    Some of the news outlets have shown clips of the wild animals returning to the towns due to no vehicles or people. Mother Nature is sending many, many messages, if only man will listen and begin to take better care of the Earth.

    Glad you made it home safely. Governor Cuomo is going to reopen places slowly. I hope the numbers of infection remain down and life continues to improve.

    Stay safe. Be well. emoticon
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    123 days ago
    Great road plans!
    124 days ago
    Glad you arrived safe and sound. Yes, it's a new world for sure. Stay well, stay safe, keep the faith.
    124 days ago
    I was totally fascinated with this account of your trip. The main feeling I get from reading it is that you see life as an adventure and are enjoying it all no matter what, and I admire that attitude. I was talking to my brother who lives in SC the other day, and he told me of a friend who'd made a trip up north and couldn't find anywhere to stop to go to the restroom. I hadn't even thought of that! People in Japan don't usually make long car trips because trains are much faster and more efficient than car travel, so I hadn't even considered how the state of emergency affects even travel by car in the US. But you made it back to NY safely, and it must have been so novel and wonderful not to encounter traffic along the way!
    124 days ago
    Glad you made it safely home.
    124 days ago
    sounds like a fun safe trip
    124 days ago
    Interesting times for sure and here the protocols have just become regular behaviour that we don't have to think about how to do. We can now do a family bubble but that is difficult as certainly some family members will be left out. I haven't seen any family gatherings this long weekend where I live, folks are just quietly busy in their gardens and going for solitary walks.
    124 days ago
    Happy to hear that you have arrived safely. Yeah. I can imagine things are quite different now versus then! So smart that you pre-planned with AAA and were aware that you'd not be able to stop in SC.

    We've oft joked amongst ourselves that we feel like we've stepped into the Twilight Zone.

    Ever so slowly, restrictions are getting relaxed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our primary challenge remains testing. We have the lab capacity to run at recommended testing levels; but, do not have adequate supplies and, in some cases, it seems that supply and lab capacity are okay; but, folks are not showing up to be tested. So, resolving the testing challenge remains a work in progress.

    There's also been a huge push to hire and train contact tracers. That effort seems to be going well.
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    Glad to read your trip home was a safe one and you had very light traffic on the highways. We have slowly started to open up here in Michigan. Our roads are getting back to where they were sorta. It's still light, but not like before.

    All the restrictions that this generation is not use to. It is a different world out there today, but someday this will all be a memory.
    124 days ago
    Glad you made it home safely! Also glad AAA worked out for you!😊 emoticon
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    Glad your trip went safely!
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