It’s the first day of July, and we’re halfway through 2020. I was able to travel in early March but like so many Americans, have been at home since. It’s been a difficult time for all of us. It’ll be almost a year since the kids and I went on our first rafting trip. Here is the promotional video made from the trip. That’s our family in the background with Tyler.
The trip was amazing! It was our second time at Dinosaur National Monument but a totally different experience. I wrote an article for visitutah.com. You can read my story here.
Then the other day, I was online looking for a link for another story I wrote when I came across another story on our rafting trip (with another video) that the tourism board just posted on their website.
Seeing these videos is difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember back in March and April, there were these social media memes about staying home. It went something like: your grandparents were called to war, you are told to sit on the couch. You can do this. The sentiment of course is that our sacrifices are small compared to those that came before us.
Turns out being homebound is difficult for people, especially teens and younger adults. As summer hit, people left their homes and visited restaurants, bars and beaches. The number of positive cases are increases, and it’s growing the fastest among young people.
Not only are people going out, but they aren’t social distancing or wearing masks. What’s interesting to me is that despite the rhetoric, the lack of social distancing isn’t limited to one political party. In fact, I run into conservative friends that wear face masks and liberal friends that don’t (and vice versa). Same with social distancing. And most people I talk to take the virus seriously on an intellectual level but for some reason, some people just don’t social distance or wear masks. I’m sure it will be something social scientists will be studying for years to come.
For myself, we’re still staying at home besides neighborhood walks. I’ve watched a ton of travel shows. Oh, and I started my own online magazine. Our latest story in an interview with an outdoor adventure program director for the National Ability Center. I really enjoy being able to connect with others in the outdoor space even though I can’t be there.
Check out the site and let me know what you think. I’m optimistically planning my 2021 getaways.