|Indian plum in bloom (Mel's picture)|
Proclamation to impose a Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order throughout Washington State by prohibiting all people in Washington State from leaving their homes or participating in social, spiritual and recreational gatherings of any kind regardless of the number of participants, and all non-essential businesses in Washington State from conducting business, within the limitations provided herein. (my emphasis)We have learned that city and county hiking trails are still open, but only if physical distancing guidelines of at least six feet (or 1.75 meters) between people are followed. The restrooms are open and being sanitized several times a day. I decided this morning to head out to Lake Padden to make two loops around the lake (5.2 miles). My friend Melanie texted me and asked if she could join me, so the two of us enjoyed each other's company, although from a distance.
|Mossy log with Lake Padden in the distance|
|Pretty flowers at the grocery store|
We will get through this, but I am truly surprised at how difficult it has been for me to lose my normal daily routine. No gym, no yoga, no acupuncture, no massages, and now no hiking group. I believe that a few of the regulars were going to hike the trail that was on the schedule, but it's not one I much care for, so I opted for the easier hike. It's pretty hard to maintain social distancing when you have more hikers, anyway.
I'm rethinking just about everything in my daily routine, which has changed so much I barely know what day it is. At least I'm still getting enough sleep! What else is there to do?