Summer Adventure Travel
COVID derailed many of our travel plans for the summer. While we hunkered down late spring and early summer, we have since been able to adventure a bit more in the last month. Travel, for us, is normally a social event, meeting folks along the way and eating in far off places, stopping in for a beverage, or checking out a local storefront with regional crafts that inspire. Today, however, our travels are closer to home, and normally away from crowds or social gatherings just to play it safe. As a family, we consider all those we come in contact with, like my 81 year-old mom who has a compromised immune system, or anyone of an advanced age that might be more susceptible to the virus. This altered vector of travel has us looking for trout in small streams, away from resorts and popular spots, and dispersed camping far off the beaten path. Somehow, quite remarkably, my son and I found solitude along the Columbia River this weekend, away from any human interaction, with a flowing cool current that relieved us from the sweltering heat. The experience was a good as any in our opinion, and we treasure these times to cast a fly and relax into a hobby we enjoy.
We'll be heading to Montana soon, dropping the youngest son off at Montana State for what will most likely be another altered year of higher learning, but we'll be skipping the usual paths crowded by summer tourism and heading indirectly to our destination through remote camp sites and self-reliant stops. We've geared up to do so, joining the many that have been reborn into the outdoor lifestyle and nodding from afar to say hello. The hope is to get in, and out, of his new apartment as fast as possible, impacting as few as possible. Look for some images from the road coming soon.
We are encouraging all of our staff to use their time off this year to recharge and reinvigorate their personal selves, observing social distancing and at least being conscious of their impact. The world seems to be in unrest, perhaps rightfully so, as us humans like to create problems then complain about how we might fix them. Whatever our ideologies and opinions are on the matter, it probably wouldn't hurt all of us to participate in a little self-reflection time... Happy travels...