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Surviving the Pandemic – Travel

pink rosesWe continue to go for our regular walks and now we have added restaurants and travel. This week we drove to Hope and Kelowna but we did not stay overnight.

As we started out, my husband checked a tire that was low the day before. We decided to go to Mr. Lube and see if they could fix it. It turned out to be cracked, near the rim, and could not be repaired. Mr. Lube did not have the tires we needed in stock, but recommended we go to Costco. Costco was not opening for another half hour, and I checked the ratings online which were not very good, so we went to Canadian Tire. They were open, but it was going to cost us $40 more per tire. My husband recently had the front tires replaced at Kal Tire so we drove there. They didn’t have the tires we needed, either, but found them in Abbotsford. It was on our way and we were able to get an appointment.

Kal Tire in Abbotsford offered excellent service. However, even tire repair centers have to abide by COVID-19 regulations, I noted. In the waiting area there were three chairs set about eight feet apart. Some of the display area was closed off and there were signs regarding the number of people allowed inside at one time. In order to drive our car in and out of the garage, the steering wheel was covered in plastic as well as the entire driver’s seat. I also observed there was no complimentary coffee.

no complementary servicesWe stopped at a gas station and my husband asked if the washrooms were open since there was a sign, “temporarily unavailable.” The attendant handed him a key, without comment.

We stopped at Rolly’s in Hope for breakfast. They are known for their excellent pies, clam chowder and Eggs Benedict.¬† I asked when they opened and was told on Thursday of last week. I wanted to take a picture, because they placed plants on every other table that was not in use. This still made it feel homey, unlike signs or tape. I enjoy Rolly’s because of the good service, as well as the food. Waitresses are mostly elderly women, I’ve observed, which brought me to a realization. Many women who have had to stay home with their young children are having a difficult time returning to work. Not only is there still risk, but it may be that women actually like not having to work and take care of a home and family at the same time. At Rolly’s, though, it looked like they were fully staffed.

The beach in Kelowna wasn’t very full. We grabbed some take-out and had a “picnic” of DQ double cheeseburgers.

kelowna beachAs usual I was looking for subjects to paint. I didn’t want to be too obvious as I took a photo of this bicycle, so I photographed and followed a seagull in that general direction.

bicycle on beachDriving, we kept seeing signs, “Avoid Unessential Travel.” By this time we had concluded that this was essential travel for us. The following day our BC health authorities began to encourage “smart, safe, respectful, local travel” so we were just a day ahead of the plan. National travel is still discouraged. I guess we will forego our annual trip to see family in Manitoba.

We concluded our Mr. Sheldon Music series after twelve weeks of recording. My husband is teaching at a few more centers, now, but many still have not opened up and others are closed for the summer. It will be a lean couple of months, as his usual summer job, booking space for overnight conferences, is not going ahead this year either. But we will manage.

My sister’s CT results came back clear after her colon cancer surgery at the beginning of May. We are very grateful. Now it is my turn to get myself checked out, so that is in the works. I had a phone appointment with my specialist today.

It’s sad that the already tragic situation with COVID-19 is being exacerbated with violent demonstrations and attempted takeovers of sections of cities. One hardly knows how to respond because there is not innocence on either side. This is indeed the time for tolerance, forgiveness and love. We need to work together towards peace, with each side bending a little.

In the meantime, support your local coffee shops. This is Crema in West Vancouver, only a skeleton of it’s usual self, but bravely open.


the seawall
West Vancouver Seawall