Sheltering at Home, May 9, 2020 – We are under a freeze watch from the National Weather Service. Believe it or not, I’d rather be sleeping in my tent. Why not? There’s no baseball to watch, no WNBA, and the news is not optimistic from a pandemic perspective. Better to be backpacking somewhere far away from it all.
Mostly sheltering at home is just that, staying home. Going to the grocery and drug stores are about all there is in an age of gas mileage measured in weeks per gallon. The exception is when I can spend a day with the ridgerunner. Otherwise committee work, staying fit, and the honey do list fight for attention. Some days you drag your feet in fear of running out of things to do.
The trails will open as soon as we can figure out how to help hikers and maintainers stay safe. That is the mission of the Adaptive Recovery Task Force. We won’t be back tomorrow, but it won’t be forever either.
The three ridgerunners we planned to hire this year were going to be my salvation. They could keep me busy and on the trail.
Unfortunately Shenandoah National Park is $millions short on its gate receipts and the ridgerunner and other seasonal employees have become casualties in the war to make up for the shortfall. The park will eventually open, but without a full complement of seasonal workers.
We also did not receive the full grant we’d hoped would fund the ridgerunner in Northern Virginia. Sadly, Witt will not grace our ranks this season. That leaves Wes as the sole survivor. He’ll be patrolling Maryland through October.
Sometimes Zoom is fun.
Sam and I have started virtual training sessions. This is my view.
This is Sam’s view of the gym I made in the corner in the basement where I store my camping gear. She can coach my form and push me on workouts. Most importantly, she gets paid.
I decided to move my office out of a spare bedroom that doubles as a sewing room.
At this point, disassembly was well underway. The desk and bookshelves look better than they really are. This installation was really designed for a school kid. Too narrow and not nearly enough room for an adult to spread out.
Assembling the new desk and attaching it to the wall wasn’t difficult.
The Ikea drawer set appeared to be something else.
Thank you Ikea.
Coffee and Girl Scout cookies are stress reducers. I was planning to eat the full sleeve. After all, that’s a single serving.
Turns out it wasn’t a big deal. A half of a cookie sleeve was left over for the next project. The ring light is for Zoom calls.
Meanwhile I’m looking for another reason to hike with our ridgerunner.