One of my friends invited me to a New Year's Day hike. "I know you don't like large groups, but it'll be fun," she said.
She was referring to the fact that I really don't like to hike with lots of people (more than, say, five). I've done it, but I don't find it that enjoyable. Paces are different, people need or want to stop at different times, causing lots of stops and starts, and I miss the quiet trail experience. Some people love the camaraderie of that many hikers. I really don't.
And now there's covid. I feel like the covid police turning down these invitations. People probably think this is dumb. After all, we are outside! We can social distance! However, when I see their photos, they are driving together, hugging each other, and standing close for photos, no masks in sight. Some of these people are new to the group. Others are going to restaurants and bars regularly.
I'm probably missing out on a lot of fun. I'm certainly missing out on time with people I like. But I've known people who had covid, and I don't want it. For now, the Lone Ranger will ride, I mean hike, alone or with one or two careful people.