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    • If you live within driving distance to a beach or state park, this would be worth a road trip. Walking on the sand and having a beach towel while listening to waves crashing calms the mind.

      There are so many state parks all of the US worth visiting even without lacing up hiking shoes.

      As far as food options, I would recommend bringing food with you in a cooler. It is much safer and much more convenient to have it ready whenever. I like to prepare my food (fast, simple, and healthy) rather than depend on what's open and available in the area.

    • I've been spending time walking in state parks. As places reopen I've also been visiting gardens and other spots that capture my curiosity.

      Like @Vilen I always bring water with me and for a longer day I bring food too.

      Here are two of my recent wanders:

      I visited Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH just after it opened for the season. It's about a one-hour drive from home, no food needed but I did have a water bottle with me.

      I've been venturing out to state parks in MA as well. Some are close and get multiple visits, some (like Halibut Point) are a bit further away - but again with my drive about an hour in each direction I just brought water with me.

    • Another thing to think about is whether there will be available parking at your target destination. Last week I decided to visit Fuller Gardens, a rose garden on the New Hampshire coast that had just opened. It's a good thing I was also planning to visit Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH because when I arrived at Fuller Gardens I found that there was no place to park. They had blocked every other spot in a pretty small lot and parking wasn't allowed on the street. No parking, so I just continued up the coast to my second destination for the day.

      I often visit some of the state beach parks in NH but right now you need to make reservations for parking before you go. And the towns along the coast asked the state to block off all parking along Route 1A so I also was not able to stop and walk if something caught my eye. I knew about the state beach park reservation requirement but not that all of the by the side of the road parking was also gone.

      It's worth checking the web site of your planned destination before you go.

    • If you just want a couple hours of enjoyable summer driving, drive to the countryside and get lost. I’ve lived on the Coasts and the Midwest and my favorite activity is to just drive a half hour to some place without a lot of traffic that I’ve never been and then just go exploring. Bring a camera and prepare to stop when something interesting grabs your attention. If you have a passenger riding with you in the car, even better.

    • ○ Restaurants has been covered; bring a picnic for the trip. Others are doing the same, so could be a challenge to find a spot to actually enjoy it. Suggest a couple of folding chairs to solve that concern.

      ○ Gift shops...well, it is nice to support the entity that's actually running the gift shop, but do you really need those trinkets? 😉

      ○ Museums - again, another way for supporting the efforts of what you're looking at. During this covid era, might just have to plan a subsequent trip to that area if it really interests you.

      Most of my trips this year have been scuttled. I've not completely given up, but it's not looking good at all here regionally.

    • Took a short road trip to Cave Creek, AZ yesterday. Stopped for dinner at Mountain View Pub. My 1st time there. They had a nice patio with a nice view of Black Mountain (per Google). Menu had a nice variety of selections, too! Our “social distancing dinner with a view” was abruptly ended when the Health Inspector walked in , shut the place down because of the Governor’s press conference.! They quickly packed us a to-go box, we slammed our beers and headed home. Enough “adventure” for me today!!

    • That's exactly what I do, day trips to state parks. I've setup my mule to hold a days' worth of sustenance (mostly water and maybe a snack). I like finding places with little to no visitors, depending on which day of the week and time I go there. Mosquitoes do the rest to help my social distancing 🦟🦟🦟 some days.

    • Visited my son in Denver last week. I'll start a separate post on air travel. Here is a picture of a mountain stream next to the trail to Chinns Lake about 10K feet above sea level.

    • I traveled from LA to Denver last week. I was concerned prior to the trip about travel itself. I found that having taken precautions, I would do it again.

      I am generally a cautious person, but for personal reasons felt I needed to take this trip. There were three things I was concerned about wrt Covid-19 - airports, safety while in flight, and safety in Denver. I expected to do the same semi-isolation that we do in LA and found that visiting my son, it was just as easy. LAX and DEN were surprisingly empty. One could easily stay 60 feet (not a typo) away from others in the airports. There were no more that 2 in front of me at the security checkpoints. These were the only place where one needed to be relatively close to others because there were so many TSA personnel per square foot. I flew Delta which is still keeping middle seats open. Everyone on the plane had a mask and Delta supplied wipes to allow one to cleanse your personnel area. They also claim to cleanse the entire plan before every flight. I still would have felt a bit uncomfortable on the plane, but I had an N95 mask left over from last year's fire season. With that nice tight fitting mask, I felt very comfortable on the flight. I would do it again.

      Here is a picture of DEN.

    • Everyone wore a mask on the flight. As far as I could tell, I was the only one wearing an N95. I'd feel comfortable on a longer flight, but only because of the N95. Clearly flight attendants and pilots do this everyday with a lesser mask including flying on longer flights and perhaps that is sufficient.

    • Let's just be honest, the mask isn't some powerful talisman and we still brave the luck. Especially since the medical / Pharmaceutical cabal keeps a tight lip or claims a lot is still unknown. They look at it as a job they want to squeeze the most out of.

    • Decided to try a resort “staycation” in Tucson! Stayed at Westin LaPaloma Resort, very nice with lovely views but ,wow, does the pandemic make “resorting” inconvenient. Half of the amenities are closed. Limited access to food and beverage. And only half of the guests wearing masks!?

    • Anyone in Phoenix, AZ want to share their favorite cool summer getaway camp spots? Our stand by is the Payson campground, but getting tired of the same old, same old. Anyone familiar with Canyon Lake? Thought it might “feel” cooler than Lake Pleasant and accepts gas motors!