Thursday, April 2, 2020

Staying Home

Well we have been back home for a little over two weeks, completed our 14 day self-isolation with no signs of the virus. We probably had enough food in the trailer to feed a doodlebugging party for a month so we have been good from that perspective as well. Matt has made sure we had anything else we need, he goes by most days and if we need something he just dumps it in the driveway. We have even had a few conversations yelled across the yard.

Now I am not seeing a lot of difference between self isolating and #stayinghome, although I have got out and made sure at least some of the moose have survived the winter. They are a little spooky so something tells me they might have been hunted a little over the winter. Hunting season was done well before we left last December and they had not been pressured a lot through that, but we have had some treaty hunting in the area in years past so one never knows.

The two shots above were taken the same evening so it just proves that theory that if you are shooting sunsets or sunrises you should always stay for the whole event, things will change as time goes by.

I am noticing a few things different what with Alberta being shut down in a manner that we have never seen before. Only essential services are open, like groceries, fuel stations, pharmacies and I think hardware stores. Most other places are shut down, unlike our winter sunbelt in Arizona where apparently things like nail and hair salons and I can't believe this one golf courses have been deemed essential businesses. By golly one can't deal with a pandemic if their roots are showing or their nail thingy's are growing out. Seems we did make the right decision for us when we ran north for the border.

Some other things I see here, even though Calgary, 40 miles SE of us, is one of only 4 airports in Canada that is accepting International flights, there are NO planes in the sky over our place, it hasn't been like that in 40 odd years we have been here. Not much traffic on the highways, and as I wandered about checking out the neighbourhood, although my neighbours are out and about feeding livestock and going about their business of farming they are for the most part staying home.

Sunrise April 1, 2020


  1. If people especially in the larger metropolitans would only learn to stay put this would be gone so much sooner.
    Glad you're staying Safe and Enjoying being back home.

    It's about time.

  2. I remember how strange it felt to be outside after September 11 with no planes overhead. Love your sunset photos!

  3. Love your photos. Very crisp, very alluring. Thanks for sharing.
    I too question some of the essential type services but I suppose those in the know have reasons for what they keep open. However I can tell you that my criteria and theirs is very different. Stay healthy!!!

  4. Beautiful pictures as always. In my mind it does not matter what each state or province orders common sense needs to be the order of the day and each of us as individuals need to use it. For you going north and home was the way to go. For us staying put in our home in a RV Park in Mississippi was the way to go. AS US Citizen we had that choice. Now we pray that every individual decision was in fact the right one.

  5. You always have some great photos John.

  6. We also pulled the pin early from our winter spot in the Yuma Foothills. Actually we drove out to Ogilby Rd. to look you folks up but learned you had already left.
    We took the bypass route around Bute Montana again this year. I saw this route from your post last year when you went home in February.
    We just finished 14 days of isolation and -24C temps in our motorhome at our daughter's place near Bentley, AB. We hope to get back to Ontario sometime in June.
    I always enjoy your commentary and pictures. Stay safe and healthy.

    1. Sorry we missed you. Glad you made it back safe and sound.