Coronavirus Summer: Water therapy

kayaking on Lake Estes, Estes Park, CO for my sanity during coroanvirus summerMy world is pretty small these days. As I write this sitting on my front porch swing, I watch people walk by on my sidewalk. The old couple next door, holding hands, hunched over and committed to the moment. The family of three with a grey and black spotted dog. The dad finally looks up and sees me.  They are talking, talking and then he acknowledges my presence. We wave across a distance.

Nobody is wearing a mask when they are outside.  I know there’s a global virus still in effect and yet, I don’t see evidence of it as I sit and swing. I don’t have a mask on. Two teenagers ride by on their bikes, oblivious to anything outside their bubble.

In past years, sitting on my porch, I would hear local bands singing their hearts out at the neighborhood brewery. Sometimes they would sing so clearly that I could understand each word. That’s not the case this year. The brewery has reopened but with fewer tables. With more outdoor seating. With fewer customers. With less music.

Also in past years I would sit and be surrounded by the sound of crickets. Gone. No crickets. Have you noticed? In the middle of the night, I stand in my backyard and listen to silence. Where have they gone?

roadtrip to Bryce Canyon National Parkfor my sanity during coroanvirus summer

Getting on a plane isn’t going to happen to me for a long time. I’d rather drive. I’ve visited Bryce Canyon National Park in the past month and fell in love all over again. All that inviting open sky. All those intoxicating reds… coral-red, orange-red, eon-red, infinity-red, ancestor-red that changed hues as the earth’s movements inched along. Watching the sun go down in this colorful region, counting the stars as they came out against a black sky and falling into another day was one of my most special memories of that trip.0

Coral Reef National Park, UT during coronavirus summer

It felt good to do something again. To be on the road. Going somewhere.  I’m eager to add some ‘normal’ events back into my world and let my senses come alive again.

paddle boarding on Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colorado for my sanity during coroanvirus summerFinding my way to the water has been healing for me this summer.  Standing on the water, swimming in a pool or coasting in a kayak have been highlights, saving graces, and meditative times for me. Meeting a friend for an early morning kayak ride in Estes Park, paddle-boarding and kayaking on the 6-mile long Horsetooth Reservoir or swimming in a neighborhood pool helps to waken my senses and fills me with gratitude for these wonderful opportunities.

Being near Horsetooth Reservoir helps me cope during the covid 19 summer in 2020

I know others have turned to biking, quilting or painting. Many have started gardens, learned a language and finished a college degree. Closets, attics and basements have been emptied, cleaned and repurposed. Cookbooks have been dusted off and family recipes have resurfaced.

I’m aware that there’s no end in sight for this virus until we have leadership that mandates change. Mandates masks. Leadership that allows science to discover, medicine to heal, and politics to govern, not to enrage, cause dissent and create chaos.  How have you decided to mingle with humanity again?

So, while I wait this out, I am letting water soothe me. As we suffer through an intense heat wave, I seek out my water sanctuary.  My companion. My friend.

And you? Have you turned to something new to help you during these coronavirus times?  Reached out and found something that helps you feel grounded? Tell me.

Stay well, stay safe and stay strong!


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Keeping safe during a Covid-19 summer

Musings from a fraud

How to mingle with humanity again?

Internet Goodie #5 – Travel Tips

Southwest Airlines(Old Color) at LAX
Southwest Airlines image from Wikipedia

There was a time whenever we wanted to take a trip we had to go to a travel agent and let someone else schedule our vacation. However, things have changed and now the entire planning is on our shoulders. That’s not a bad thing because when you do the planning – you own it!

Travel sites like Kayak and Travelocity allow you to book your flight, hotel and transportation from a wide range of choices. As you check these sites and compare prices and schedules, be sure to visit Southwest Air and JetBlue since their flights only show up on their websites.

Want to book a hotel? Go to Hotels Cheap to find some better than great deals. They guarantee the lowest online rate possible so they are worth checking out. Last Minute Travel is a great place to find an amazing deal on luxury hotels.

Before you book a hotel, go to Trip Advisor and read what others have to say about their stay. Many people are happy to record their experiences when they stay at hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and other lodgings. Their advice may help you discover a new destination! Make time to read this site and learn about places to visit, restaurants to enjoy or avoid and other sage advice from recent travelers.

Lonely Planet has something for everyone including a blog, magazine and newsletter. Their forums discuss local issues that can benefit outsiders and tourists. The website is appealing, inviting and informative.

Looking for an affordable airfare in Europe? Check out Flycheapo. This website offers information about 45 low fare carriers but once you track down the information, you’ll have to visit the airline’s site and book your flight. Fare compare is an international airfare website that researches destinations according you’re your spending limit and time-frame. Over 500 airlines are searched to find the information. It’s all about you …

Are you waiting for a flight to arrive? If so, track their progress in the air (Flight Aware) to determine when they’ll arrive.

Wondering about the weather? Check out and enter the city and select current or weekend weather or plan ahead and go to 5-day or 10-day forecast.



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