On Saturday, I posted an idyllic backcountry photo on Instagram (see below).
For the previous 48 hours, I’d just felt uneasy, unsure, and unable to pinpoint what to do next. Now that we were essentially under a COVID 19 quarantine should I binge watch Netflix, try to make homemade croissants, or read a book? Should I walk my dog, again? Or should I crawl into bed with covers over my head?
Getting on snow — away from everyone but each other — helped a lot and we were looking forward to alpine skiing the next day. Well, as we all know now, that wasn’t going to happen.
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Want to get away from everyone? Break your own trail. . . . Since I wrote about our son’s likely COVID 19 case on Thursday, I’ve had a persistent feeling of general unease. It hasn’t helped that I suddenly had a lot less to do. The high school students I work with are on break, and writing about travel and skiing just seem silly right now. . . . I often wish for free time to read, binge watch something or clean closets. Suddenly I have it and it doesn’t feel that great. As I said unease. . . . Skiing through a light storm today, passing only one person, I felt my heart lighten. . . . Be sure to get out and exercise. Breathe deeply. Count your blessings. Love your family and take care to protect each other. . . If you’re curious about our family’s Coronavirus experience, the link is in my bio. #staywell #socialdistancing #grandmesanationalforest
The Last Day and A First Day
If Saturday was the last day of skiing in Colorado, today is the first day of a new reality across the U.S.
Last week, COVID 19 still seemed sort of hypothetical. Today, it’s real.
(Maybe not so hypothetical, actually. Here is our family’s first-hand experience with COVID 19.)
Last week I read an article about beating anxiety during this period of outbreak and COVID 19 quarantine. It might be helpful to you too.
Of note, it reminds us to continue to exercise and get outside — safely, away from others.
Finally, I’ve suspended all of my scheduled posts on Braveskimom.com. This is clearly not the time to be writing about skiing and family travel. And they’ll be just as applicable in the fall.
Depending upon how this all plays out, I may use this space to share interesting articles, like the two above. Or, it may go dark for a while.
This is the 10th year of Braveskimom.com, which is massively shocking to me. My sons, who were young in 2010 when I started Braveskimom on a dare, are young men, one still in college and the other successfully employed as an engineer.
We still spend as much time together family skiing as we can. But our family is changing and continues to evolve in the best of ways.
I am honored that so many of you have turned to this website for information and advice over the years. As of this morning, Braveskimom.com — a labor of pure love for me — has had over 1,640,000 visitors.
Thanks to each of you for your support. I love the community we’ve built and I will continue to post throughout the spring and summer on my social channels. See you over there.
And please take care. Enjoy this time with your family — the time together is an unexpected gift — and stay healthy.
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