Monday, March 16, 2020

CoViD 19: No School, No Work. What are we going to do?

People often comment on how much I go out, but I don't think that the reality of what a homebody I am is evident to everyone. But I am. I binge a lot of TV. I read a lot. I can stay in pajamas all day and all night. Financial concerns aside (because if there aren't emergency funds or reprieve for renters, we are effed) it isn't that hard for me to be asked to stay home. However, with all of us home, we are going to be right on top of each other, all day and night, for the foreseeable future, so here are some thoughts of ways we hope to ease this time. In lieu of listings this week, I give you #socialdistancing in San Diego:

*Pet time: The dog still needs to get out, and we haven't been able to spend much time at Fiesta Island lately, but the park is massive, so social distancing, especially with our scaredy dog, has never really been a problem for us.

*Anza-Borrego: We love taking day trips to the desert and with some modifications, like packing our own food and such, there are so many areas far from other humans. Probably won't do the more popular spots like the Palm Canyon Oasis, but there are lots of other places to stop. Maybe I'll actually get my Slot Canyon post up that has been sitting in my drafts for a year.

*La Jolla Cove: I'm sure this will be busier than usual because a lot of people are off work and out of school and everyone needs a little nature, but it shouldn't be too hard to keep a safe distance from people while photographing or hiking along the numerous paths.

*Bike Rides: Nova needs a new bike, so this may be a little complicated on her small one, but we've been meaning to do the Bayshore Bikeway again, and it feels like just some little neighborhood jaunts might be safer with fewer people out on our roads.

*Balboa Park: This one is tricky because I suspect lots of people will seek refuge at Balboa Park, but again, lots of areas are wide open and it might be a good time to explore some of the trails beyond the Prado and Plaza de Panama areas, like the succulent gardens, Upas canyon, and Morley Field.

*Mission Trails: We love Mission Trails and could literally go every day for a week straight and never hit the same spot twice. Again, it might get crowded in some areas, but it doesn't seem social distancing will be any problem here.

I'll also be investigating whether County Parks, Cabrillo, Mount Laguna, Palomar Mountain and other spots will be open because there are plenty to explore out there.

Around home, we've got our multiple library apps ready for lots of reading and audiobooks, we have an abundance of puzzles, I've got probably 200 shows worth of photos I've never posted and lots of draft posts I've never finished, and we have an entire studio that has turned into the place we store stuff that doesn't fit upstairs, so maybe we can address that and by the time we're done, the world will be rightside up again. I will be working as much as I can from home, and Nova has schoolwork, and perhaps Darren can finally finish recording his second record with his band, but with the Casbah closed for awhile, we will do our best to take it day by day and not panic.

I'd love to hear some of your suggestions for how you plan to pass the time. Leave a comment or hit me up on socials @sddialedin.

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