And you may find yourself
In another part of the world
And you may find yourself
Behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house
With a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, well
How did I get here?--Once In A Lifetime
Good afternoon from Dixon, California where Melanie and I are in residence at Dixon May Fair Campground. With Governor Newsome's order yesterday, we are doing our part by staying in our relatively secluded spot in the campground. The only exception to our current social distancing exercise has been a couple of bicycle rides to the grocery store, the bank and post office over the past few days.
May Fair has about 20 full hook up sites, two of them occupied. I'm told the only reason the campground continues to be open is the personnel in the office also conduct essential services for Dixon. Fortunate for us.
I'm currently the designated hitter for all outside errands. We hope to decrease our chances of contracting COVID-19. We know, however, because we live in really close proximity to each other in the van, if I contract the virus while out on an errand, Melanie will most likely come down with it too. We're both in overly cautious mode.
I was very pleased to note everyone in the grocery store today was keeping the requisite six feet of distance from each other. There are still no sanitizer products (we have plenty), not much bread or toilet paper (we have enough), but bottled water seems to be making a come back. There were very few cars on the road.
Aside from the stock market careening all over the map, and being in places in California having a good many cases of the virus, Melanie and I feel very good about our travels. Our mobility is a real plus, at least ostensively.
We're out of Dixon early on Sunday morning, stopping briefly in Sacramento for groceries, then we'll travel into a pretty remote area of Nevada for some days where there are very few reported virus cases.
A very special shout out to our friends, Bill and Arleen Tarantino who have a great home up on a ridge outside of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, for inviting us to boondock with them for a few days. They graciously fed us, let us do laundry and shower, and led us on a few great hikes around the area, including on their property where they are working on a series of great trails.
Their ridge top property tops our list of the best boondocking we've done. We continue to be amazed and grateful for the generosity of good friends along our ways.
I suppose the only problem, aside from the obvious virus thing and, if you can actually call it a problem, we have at the moment is deciding our direction of travel. While Melanie continues the work of EPF apace, we have no scheduled face-to-face church obligations for (hopefully) the short term as all church services and meetings are becoming virtual events.
It's still a bit cold for the more northern latitudes (Oregon and Washington) we intentioned. Not to mention they have more reported virus cases than some other places.
As state and national parks continue to close, at least in the short term, we'll figure our rudderless direction on the fly and hopefully this too shall pass.
It is the end of the world as we all know it, we're fine. Y'all be mindful and safe out there.
Carmel Valley Ranch Open Space
Steven and Melanie