Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Please don't come here

I live in a resort town. There are always tourists here.  In the winter they come for the skiing; in the summer they flock to the famous national park down the road.  It gets so busy that most locals avoid the popular trails and viewpoints.

But we are still a small community, as are most towns outside of national parks.  We have limited hospital beds and ventilators.  The virus cases that we have here seem to have come from people traveling and bringing it back.  The hospitals can't absorb a high volume of patients.

I went up to the park.  I walked on the closed road, staying far away from others.  Many people were practicing social distance, hiking and biking in family groups.  But there were lots of out of state license plates.  People were parking close together and chatting with others only a couple feet apart.  I watched somebody use a stranger's phone to take their picture and then hand it back.  People were going in and out of the restrooms, touching everything.

Please don't come here right now.   Enjoy your own area and your own outdoor spaces if you can.  The mountains will be here for you in the future.  Please stay away.


6 comments:

  1. People are not taking this seriously. Give it two more weeks. Then they will see. Then it will be too late :(

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    1. Sadly, I agree. People just aren't getting it.

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  2. I want to say that to all the people on my trails and paths. Go away!

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    1. I know! Stay home unless you can properly socially distance! Apparently many people can't.

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  3. Thinking of you and very much wanting you to be safe and healthy. A virtual hug from Michigan!

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