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The Pandemic Diaries - Year 2 - Weeks 1 & 2

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

To travel or not to travel, that is the question. Seriously, that's the question on my mind these days as we begin Pandemic Year #2.


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  • PHOENIX1949
    Lovely photos!

    My traveling days were curtailed a long time ago due to medical issues so I'm glad I got in as much travel as I did from my 20's up through my 50's. My spouse is chomping at the bit to reschedule the European river cruise that was cancelled last year. I don't see that it will be safe for quite some time.

    Thank you for sharing your adventures.

    77 days ago
    Phebes, your sign is beautiful. It looks brand new.
    Keep enjoying doing things at home.
    77 days ago
    To travel or not to travel is the question. My husband is so eager to go somewhere but we are limited in where we can go. I am content to be at home. By the time COVID is over, we will be too old to go anywhere but we can still dream.
    78 days ago
    The sign is beautiful as are the upgrades to the park. My hubby is impressed. He hears me talk about you all the time so now he has something tangible to relate you too and the kind of person you are. Personally, I'm proud to know someone who comes to an area as a visitor and brings about positive change to that community through their God given talent. You enjoyed the park and gifted it your time and money to improve upon it. A gift for everyone who enjoys this serene bit of nature. Hubby says the shrubs look like azaleas. We have accidentally killed a ton of them.

    Covid has changed many of our lives. Some of us for good. You are making good use of your time and are making sensible plans. Hubby's oncologist talked to us yesterday in depth about things we already knew - just because we got a vaccine doesn't mean it's all over. He talked about responsibility, unselfishness, sacrifice, patience, etc. He is a wonderful doctor. Hopefully there will be other days in the future to do things we have had to put on hold. If not we are doing best with what we have now.
    78 days ago
    Such beautiful pictures, right where you are. Love the birds, the flowers.

    And such profound -- and necessary -- questions.

    Morally right? Ethically right? Safe? Smart?

    You've decided upon the answers for yourself -- New Jersey, then Washington State. For now. Not what you would prefer. But: what you think is right.

    I read recently that humans are not so much rational beings as rationalizing beings. We can all find reasons to justify doing what we want to do. Almost all of us like to travel and would like to resume travelling. Those of us who could choose to "resume" travel are by definition those already privileged to have travelled -- some of us, quite a bit. And those experiences may in fact make us want to travel even more.

    You have stuck with rationality and given rationalization a pass. Until/unless you are able to answer those tough questions which you've asked so unflinchingly . . . differently.
    78 days ago
    **SIGH** You brought up so many good questions re: ethics and how vaccinations are distributed. Makes one take pause.

    My DH and I are traveling from WI to MN to Mayo Clinic for his thyroid surgery and believe me, we are keeping our eye on things! We will be fully vaccinated by then. But I don't feel that's a guarantee. Given that it is being said the vaccination for Covid will be annual like the flu shot, it makes me think that immunity is not long-lived. We will see as time goes on.

    Good luck to you.
    78 days ago
    Yesterday way back in our cove, we saw a light blue heron. Usually they are dark blue. Made me wonder if the lone white egret that arrived in the area last summer mated with one of the natives

    We checked on the nesting Canadian geese. Mama sitting and Daddy guarding. Did this pair just decide to live here from now on while the flock moved on?

    Peaceful thoughts.

    Oh the travel dilemma. I know I would feel safer in any area where vaccines are accepted and precautions taken. That is not the case where I live. Joe's sister has it worse. Anyone who wants a shot can visit her area, even from out of state and get the vaccine because the local residents will not accept it, or masks either.

    I also want to support those countries where my relatives live that I know would benefit from my dollars. We are looking at 2022 and hoping for the best. One last 3 generation trip before the grandchildren all scatter to start their own lives.
    78 days ago
    We are probably finished with out out of the country travels. It was getting harder as we aged and being off for almost 2 years makes it difficult to start up again. Love the pictures
    79 days ago
    I don't see myself traveling again for a good long time. I miss it but feel lucky to have traveled as much as I did. But it would hard to say no to another cruise with my daughter!
    79 days ago
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