February 2 – 16, 2020.
We are so lucky. We have a nine-pack of toilet paper. I have bought TP twice this year. I know because I keep meticulous track of everything we buy. If my numbers are correct, we use anywhere from a roll to a roll and a half of TP each week – so we are good for at least another 6 weeks. Yay! for meticulous tracking.
We are lucky. The biggest inconvenience we have suffered is standing in line at Trader Joe’s. They were only letting so many people in at a time. The wait wasn’t long, the weather was beautiful (we are in Tucson) and our TJ experience was so much better! Fewer people – no crowded aisles. We think TJs should do this all the time!
We are lucky. We have a great place to stay in Tucson – a big vacant lot owned by friends. This lot sits on the road directly in front of their house. We have the advantage of being socially distant while still being close to grocery stores. And our friends like having us here – we joke that it’s just because we will be the first line of defense when society completely breaks down and the War Lords come. When our friends hear our screams they will know to be prepared.
This post was intended to be about the little (and big) disasters in life that throw us off track but ultimately lead to something positive. Like our VW Van that finally bit the dust but ended up convincing us that perhaps a tiny 33-year-old van wasn’t for us. Or the time we lost our forestay and headsail in the Gulf Stream when we were sailing to Mexico. The boat was broken, we had to turn around, and it was a tad bit scary but when we finally were able to leave Key West to return our marina and have the boat hauled out we got to see a part of Florida that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. And once we got back on land, we sold the VW and purchased our beloved Ballena Blanca (the current van). Then there was the time in Mexico that our computer broke. It ended up costing us lots of money but we would have never visited Guadalajara if it hadn’t. This fall we had numerous van problems that cost us even more money but the upside was that we ended up on a different route across the country than we had originally intended. I’m so glad we got to experience the Forgotten Coast of Florida and beach camping in Texas. And then finally more recently, Greg lost a crown. We had to leave Texas sooner than I would have liked and rush to the dentist in Los Algodones Mexico. But on the upside, we found ourselves in the southwest just in time to experience a couple of events that we would have missed if we’d lingered longer in Texas.
And now there is COVID-19. Campgrounds are closed. National Parks are closed. Borders are closed. We have been planning to leave Arizona in the Spring, head up the West coast, up through British Columbia and Yukon, ending up in Alaska. The Canadian border is closed, cities are quarantined, and who knows, whole states might be next. We are still planning for Alaska but we are also prepared to readjust those plans.
When I started writing this post I realized that readjusting is something that everyone is going through now. People are trying to figure out the facts, new recommendations, new rules. People are sick, losing their jobs, deciding what to do about funerals, canceling plans, and readjusting the normal things they do every day.
My hope is that this disaster will put us on a better path. And that we will be able to pull together (separately, of course), recover from the many losses, and find a better country, a better world at the end of it.
On to the blog..
After our visit to Big Bend, we needed to make tracks to the dentist. But because we were already on the trail of the Buffalo Soldiers we first made a little afternoon stop in Fort Davis along the way.
Fort Davis National Historic Site
One of the upsides of our rush to the dentist was the opportunity to attend an astronomy event in the desert by GeoAstroRV. This husband and wife team (John and Brenda) drives around the country giving free astronomy presentations. The presentation we attended was held off-grid in the California desert on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land.
Fort Verde State Historic Park
Changing our plans to head west earlier also gave us the chance to attend the Buffalo Soldiers Festival at Fort Verde State Historic Park in Arizona. We wrote what we learned about Buffalo Soldiers that day in our Buffalo Soldiers post but there were also few other things going on that day in the park.
Verde Valley Archaeology Center
Right down the street from Fort Verde we found the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.
Montezuma Castle & Montezuma Well
We had no idea that Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well were close to Fort Verde but when we saw the signs we decided we had to give them a visit before we left the area.
Have you ever had a sudden change of plans that led to something else positive? How are you currently having to readjust your life due to COVID-19? Please leave us a comment below. We love hearing from you!