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Apr 4, 2020 - we're still here

Until yesterday Florida's governor has been getting a lot of criticism for not establishing a "shelter in place" order for the entire state. Republican governors are struggling with balancing their desire to keep businesses functional and containing the virus. Disney laid off 77,000 employees this week. Initially, the governor let local municipalities decide, but people travel back and forth between those places carrying the COVID-19 with them. There appears to be a lot of pressure here from church folk who want to hold services where...

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Mar 29, 2020 - wishin' and hopin'

March 16 we were notified that both our Princess cruise across the Atlantic and Viking river cruise to see the tulips in Holland were cancelled. Both companies offered refunds or 150% of what we had already paid for future cruises. They said they would follow up with more specific information about how to handle this and how to let them know what we wanted to do. Not only are we anxious to get back on the road, but we also want to support the cruise industry and their ultimate return to business as usual, if indeed that's possible. Ken...

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Mar 26, 2020 - noteworthy

Today was the day I was finally going to see my sister for our annual visit in South Carolina. She was at home having taken the day off to see us, when she got a call from work. She works in a medical facility and was notified that one of her co-workers had been diagnosed with the Corvid-19 virus. Due to privacy issues she was not given the person's name, but when you work in a small setting it's easy to remember which person was recently coughing and sneezing. I guess when you work in such a setting, it was inevitable no matter how careful...

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Mar 23, 2020 - Plan B

According to Plan A, today was the day we were going to leave here and head north, preparing for a cruise across the Atlantic to Europe. Plan B has us staying here about three more weeks. According to the news conference today, the president feels that in one more week all this sheltering in place and social distancing will come to an end and we can resume normal life. We wish we could believe him, but all evidence says otherwise. People hope that the approaching warm, humid weather will lessen the virus' lethality, but I read that now that...

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Mar 21, 2020 - self quarantined

Following the lead of the governors of other populous states, the Florida governor has now closed all the restaurants as well. Some will try to make a go of it with carryout, but we wonder how long they can last. We have a curfew from 11pm - 5am which doesn't affect us at all. All the beaches are closed now as well, doubtless a response to the immortal Spring Break crowd who partied like it was 1995. With all the schools closed it's not clear that Spring Break will ever end, but if it does, being widely spaced on the beach as we were for...

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Mar 19, 2020 - feeling a bit guilty

If we did not turn on the TV or read the news, we almost would not know that the world is in crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been living a semi-quarantined, socially distant life much of the winter, I guess. We go to the grocery store every 4 - 5 days list in hand and find most of the items on that list. The atmosphere in the store is busy, but not manic. After talking to friends at home, it is clear to us that we are better off here than there. Here we can stay outside in the fresh air for hours, ride our bikes for exercise,...

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Mar 17, 2020 - pulling the plug

If we didn't read the news or watch TV, it would be hard to know that the world is being swept by a pandemic. The weather is great and we spend much of our time outside in nature, riding our bikes and bird watching on the nature trail. Other campers are also out and about and it is easy to fall into a conversation with our neighbors. We don't feel isolated at all, but I guess that most of the time we are. When we go to the grocery store it is busy, but I am able to buy everything that is on my list. We went to our favorite seafood store and...

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Mar 15, 2020 - cancelled

Our friends from home left for home today. This was the date they had planned to leave The Great Outdoors, but until 36 hours before it was cancelled, they were planning on driving to Fort Lauderdale and getting on a cruise to South America. Instead they are heading back to the frozen north with snow flurries in the forecast. We encouraged them to stay. Now that they have sold their trailer, we can easily share our campsite for a few more days before we have to leave. It would be nice to stay on ourselves, but our campsites are scheduled to...

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Feb 29, 2020 - nature update

We attended a presentation from Wild Florida Rescue, a volunteer organization that rescues injured wild animals all over Brevard County. The organizers worked as ambulance drivers and EMT's and wanted to provide their services to animals as well as the humans they assisted every day. Since their organization is volunteer based, the original founders were on duty 24/7 spending their own money on gas and supplies and jeopardizing their family life. About the time they were ready to have nervous breakdowns, other ambulance drivers joined them...

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Feb 23, 2020 - a final look

A few weeks ago as we sailed away on the Harmony of the Seas, we looked down on the harbor and Jetty Park. Today we returned to the area to reverse that view, joining pelicans to peer up at the mammoth ship as it left Port Canaveral. Jetty Park was full of campers, fishermen and beach goers. Our perch across from the park at the boat launch had fewer people and cost nothing to enter. While we waited we watched the pelicans shadowing the fishermen, looking for an easy meal. It's disconcerting to watch the fish flop around in the pelican's...

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Feb 20, 2020 - another repair report

Since repairs seem to be a constant topic this winter when I am not extolling the joy that the nature around here brings to us, it seems like it's time for an update: • The GPS Ken uses had gotten Alzheimer's and no longer knew the time, date or duration of our drives. While I back him up with my Garmin which is designed for car use, his is essential because he can program it for our height and weight restrictions. We never want to be part of one of those videos so common on YouTube where large vehicles get stuck trying to drive under low...

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Feb 18, 2020 - Black Point

We are still looking to recapture that perfect day when we drove on the Black Point nature trail and it was loaded with water birds. I checked the date on this blog when we had had that memorable experience and saw that it was just about this time in February so we decided to make another visit. As we drove on the narrow berm that separates the ponds from one another, we could see birds in the distance, but opportunities for photographs were slim. In the middle of the drive you can park and take a number of paths to overlooks and platforms....

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