Like everybody else, the pandemic is "top of mind" 24 x 7 for me. I'm writing to help myself not internalize all of it. You can find other posts in the series at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/tag/coronavirus.html
I got out of the house again today, as Breck and I headed to Bear Creek Lake State Park about 60 miles (ca. 97 km) west of Richmond for a hike. The hike was 5.5 miles (ca. 9 km), generally flat, and we had the trail to ourselves. So it was more of a walk in the wood than a hike. I needed to be back for my Sunday afternoon book club (now on Zoom) so we didn’t have time to venture all the way into the mountains for a proper hike. Shenandoah National park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are still closed anyway, so I would have to venture further west in George Washington National Forest to find accessible trail heads.
Anytime I get into the woods I start thinking about buying a camper. Today was no different. By the time we were home I had pretty much convinced myself that given the fact that we probably won’t be traveling to anyplace crowded for the next year or two, it would actually be a good idea to sell one of the cars to buy something that can tow a small trailer, and then buy a pop-up camper. It may be a good idea, but it’s not a fiscally responsible idea.
Then I stumbled into articles and blog posts about people that spend $3-5K on a van, then with about $1000-$2000 more and their own labor turned those vans into perfectly serviceable camper vans. That really got my imagination stirring.
I should probably stay off the Internet for a day or two, until this passes.
Today's musical interlude is Thoughts and Prayers by Drive-By Truckers.