RVing and the COVID-19 Virus: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

I know that you all have probably thought that I have dropped off the end of the earth. It has been a long time since I posted anything. I am sorry about that.

This post will probably NOT be the most interesting post I’ve ever written. Therefore, I feel the need to occasionally post some “fun” photos for your viewing pleasure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ricky and Lucy are always playing.

When October 1st came around, we left our good friends, Darrell and Malia, in Wisconsin and headed back to Missouri. We spent about seven weeks in Missouri visiting family.

When the time came, many of the “guys” in the family met at the farm in Thayer for deer season. The wives had some much needed “down” time; well, at least I did! When you live in an RV, time alone is a rare, precious commodity. While in Missouri, we enjoyed time with our parents sharing meals, watching TV, and playing cards, of course!

This is the new, homemade deer stand. It is huge!

Look how BIG it is.

This is our grandson, Jackson, enjoying the deer standโ€™s protection from the cold wind.

While in the STL area, Ricky and Lucy were old enough to have their surgeries so there would be NO puppies. Of course, they had to wear the “cone of shame.” They actually did pretty good adjusting to the cones while still chasing each other around my dad’s house.

Around mid-November we headed south to Foley, Alabama (warmer weather). We chose Foley so we wouldn’t be too far away to return to see family for Christmas. Foley is about 10 miles from Gulf Shores, AL, and the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve been in this area several times before, so we really didn’t need to “go exploring.” We walked along the beach numerous times and had a relaxing time.

This COVID-19 virus thing has really changed the way people do their RV/camping now days. Everyone is cautious and stays at least six feet away. Five o’clock Happy Hour is not so happy anymore. Most places have indefinitely suspended planned, group activities. People are still very friendly, but it’s just NOT like it used to be.

I was beginning to think COVID had gotten the best of us all. However, with the first vaccines being given recently to healthcare workers, I think we can reach “herd immunity” sooner than later! There just might be light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I am happy to report that Jack and I have avoided this virus, and we hope and pray we can continue to do so. For the most part, all our family, on both sides, have been fortunate to avoid it. I’m sad to say that we’ve had friends who have gotten it. Some had SEVERE symptoms and will have a lengthy recovery time; others have not been so fortunate and have passed away. ๐Ÿ˜ข We have been greatly saddened by each call we have received informing us of COVID infections and deaths. May God help us all to stay healthy and get rid of this virus! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

We did make a “shortened” trip for Christmas Day. We went to Edmond, OK, to see our youngest son, his wife, and our grandkids. Our oldest son decided not to come because he would have to fly to get there. He didn’t want to risk being exposed to COVID on the plane and passing it on to us. Also, we did not make our usual “rounds” in Missouri because we didn’t want to risk exposing OUR 90+ year old parents if we picked up the virus. It was definitely an unusual Christmas. Here are some photos of Christmas Day.

Jade (left) and Kylee (right).

Jackson (in the background) and Mikeโ€™s wife, Jennifer (foreground).

Jade

Kylee and Finn, their little Maltese.

Jackson

Our two sons: oldest, Jeff, is on the phone screen and youngest, Mike, is in the foreground.

Our annual family Christmas photo: COVID style!

On January 1st we headed to Florida in order to get further south, visit with some dear friends (after we isolated for the appropriate number of days), and see our oldest son. We will be here until April 1st. Hopefully, we will be doing some visits to outdoor places, so I can blog about them.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Road Trip! (Part 1)

Occasionally we will pack a small bag, leave the RV at the campground, and take a 2-3 day trip in the car to some place on our “Bucket List.” It has been a really long time since we have done a little trip like this.

We were excited to finally feel like our lives were at least getting a little bit “back to normal” (since COVID-19 we have all felt like our lives would never feel normal again). So, we booked two hotels, one night at each, and headed out on July 1st. With suitcase in hand, we set out for Rocky Mountain National Park.

We drove about an hour to the town of Estes Park for our first night. Even though we were way early for check in, we stopped at our hotel anyway. They actually had a room disinfected and ready for us, so we checked in. Of course, we took our own disinfecting wipes and wiped down everything we would be touching again๏ฟผ. I am not a bit paranoid about cleanliness, am I? ๐Ÿ˜Š

It was a really good thing that we did check in early. There were things we did NOT know about going into national parks these days!

The lady at the desk told us that because of the virus you could only enter the park with what they call a “timed entry ticket.” It’s a ticket you get online that allows you to go in the park at a certain time (they don’t want too many people “bunched up” going in at the most popular times).

(NOTE: If you are wanting to visit a national park, historic site, etc, you might want to call ahead and check about changes made because of COVID-19. You can also go online to the National Park web site to get timed entry passes: http://www.recreation.gov)

It makes sense, but we had no idea about this! We went online to get tickets, and the first date we could get for a morning entry was July 12th! WOW! Needless to say, we were somewhat upset.

That’s when the hotel lady told us that you can enter the park without an entry ticket any time before 6:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Welllll, now we had to reevaluate our plans. UGH!

Since our hotels were booked and we didn’t want to put off seeing the park until July 12th, we decided to “bite the bullet” and enter according to the before 6 a.m. and after 5 p.m. times. We weren’t going to enter the park until 5:00 p.m., so we drove around that afternoon. Here are some photos of the drive to Estes Park and the surrounding area.

That first day we entered at slightly after 5:00 p.m., and the next morning we got up at 4:30 a.m. and were at the park entrance by 5:40 a.m.! For those of you who know me – – I am NOT a morning person! ๐Ÿ˜ However, I made the best of it; ๏ฟผthe late evening and early morning sun and animal sitings made it worth it!

Also, if you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know I take about a zillion pictures of beautiful places. Rocky Mountain National Park was no exception. I won’t bore you with all the pics; I will try to share just the most gorgeous ones.

We entered the park at Fall River Entrance Station after 5:00 p.m. We had decided to travel the eastern side of the park (a left turn at the T intersection) that led back to Estes Park and left the park at Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. Here are a few of those pictures:

The next morning we entered at Fall River Entrance again and turned right at the T intersection. This route took us across the northern part of the park (accessible by road anyway) to the western side of the park and then south to Grand Lake Entrance Station. It also took us to the highest elevation accessible by car: 12,183 feet. The views were spectacular!

After we left the park, we drove to our hotel in Fraser, CO (Fraser is between Granby and Winter Park), to spend the night. Needless to say, we were very tired and ready for a nap after getting up SO EARLY!!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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