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Having fun, getting out, even vacationing despite SARS-CoV-2

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by ken2v, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    Obviously Vegas and other outlets (bars, Disneyland, whatever) we all use to have fun and unwind are closed, closing or at least tightening way down. What are you doing to "fight back," so to say, getting out of the casa for fun and a diversion, whether for just a bit of time on up to a getaway?
     
  2. Paul K

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    I've only not been outside three days since this began. I've been to the beach a few times, love to take walks. It also helps I know of open for dine in restaurants/bars that are operating under the radar. If need be, I'll drive one or two counties over. Where there is a will, there's a way, and I always find a way. I've also traveled a lot surprisingly. Probably more this year out of sheer boredom than I usually would.

    December - DC/West Virginia
    January- Vegas/Laughlin
    March- Vegas/Laughlin
    May - Arizona
    June - Vegas
    July- San Diego

    Sprinkle in a few trips to Morongo there as well. Probably once a month up to June, excepting when they were closed.
     
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  3. Mudhen

    Mudhen High-Roller

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    Not really getting out at all. But that's OK, because I don't mind being at home, and I have a backlog of things I need, and really want, to get done.

    Currently, I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to attack a neck reset on one of my acoustic guitars. I fear the joint construction is somewhat "non-standard", and I suspect it is going to fight me, a little.

    I also need to chase down a 60Hz hum in the amplifier I built a couple of years ago. I've just been lazy about getting after it. :blink:

    Oh, and there is a SKCC contest all weekend, to which I'll be dedicating some time, also. Got a bunch of other projects on the back burner, too.

    I guess I wandered off topic here, but basically, I don't feel restricted by this virus thing at all. I have plenty to do. :D
     
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  4. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    No wander there, it's fine.
     
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  5. LV2GAMBLE

    LV2GAMBLE Certified LOW Roller

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    I get out and walk almost every day for 75 minutes. The sunshine does great things for the mind, body, and soul. I've gone out to my SIL's lake place a few weekends. Some nice days hanging out on the pontoon is therapeutic. I also will jump on my motorcycle to enjoy some happiness and wind therapy. Love that. :love: Next week a friend and I are heading to Deadwood, SD for a 3-wheel rally. :biker: Never been there, but I'm really not there for the rally, but instead for some great riding and scenery. Ok, and maybe I'll throw a few dollars in the slots too. :p One of the days there we will head out and ride to Devil's Tower.

    So, right now with it being summer I can find a lot of fun things to do, whether solo or with relatives. It's more the cold months where the lake or the motorcycle are not an option :cry:that I may struggle to keep busy and find some fun. And, I guess I will wait and see how the rest of the world is doing. :hmmm:

    Went to my local for a night earlier this week. I'll post a short TR/notes in the non-Vegas TR section today or tomorrow as we leave for Deadwood on Sunday.
     
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  6. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    A couple of weeks ago my Wife and I dined out with the bil and sil. We went to a chinese restaurant. We observed social distancing and every other table was closed.

    It was nice to get out and for some reason the food tasted especially delicious, lol! Must be the long lockdown, everything seemed special.

    Other than that I just do yardwork and a newfound hobby of gardening to fight the boredom.

    Not planning to take trips yet. Hawaii makes it hard to take trips right now.
     
  7. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    We try to have "Tailgate Lunch Date" once a week. I'll pick her up at the office, order on the Habit app -- or call one of the Mex joints -- get curbside delivery then head to one of the city's parks and eat. With the heat coming in tailgate is now in-cab. Since this started we've had takeaway dinner once or twice a month; we're just really happy cooking. Our first meals "out" were during our Tahoe weekend two weeks ago -- all were outdoors or widely socially separated indoors.

    We're walking and riding our bikes and I do one group ride each week. We've gone out for typical retail -- farmstands, groceries, Costco, beer/booze -- and when we picked up my new bike and our new Ridgeline. We drove to So Cal when we gave the old Ridgeline to my uncle. That Tahoe getaway was the first since our travel ended in early March. We're going to the Central Coast at the end of the month and I'd like to do another mountain weekend in August. In-laws are driving up from AZ next week. We'll chill with them and if we can get a pass do a day trip to Yosemite and another to Kings Canyon. Oregon is still on for September. NOLA on the books for Christmas and New Year's but who knows about that ...
     
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  8. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I'm walking when I can. I'm finding after dinner things aren't too crowded on the local trails.

    Our saving grace has been our wonderful forest service roads. Dan and I try to get out at least once a month to just get out. I pack a picnic, we head out and start exploring. The roads are slow and scenic and we have discovered some fun little spots we didn't know about before. The biggest issue is the potty access, which can be a challenge in the nowheres and I'm finding my interest in "finding a friendly bush" is a lot lower than when I was in my 20's and 30's. :)

    Usually we are able to find a spot, away from all other humans, to set up our camping chairs or a blanket and just hang out and enjoy the flora and fauna and a little splashy water. It's enough for us.

    I'm looking at a trip based out of Hood River, OR. Most of it will be dirt roads south of Mt Adams on the WA side, and some scenic byways in the Blue Mtns. I'm stuck on the hotel aspect though. Deciding what's "safest" keeps sending me into a spiral that ends with me not picking a date or location. :(
     
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  9. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    I like that roads-less-travelled angle. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. wormhole

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    I am not getting out much at all, especially since a mandatory mask requirement hit my county a few days ago. The couple of recreational things I was doing have stopped due to the facilities closing again. Too hot for much outside activity (long heat wave in the 90s and humid). Shame because I have a huge metro park about 2 miles from me. I have to be careful about overheating (to prevent a flare up of a past health issue). My local casino is out of the question for now because restrictions would ruin it for me.

    I do get to the grocery store as needed and an occasional fast food drive thru.
     
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    QuaDxAceZ High-Roller

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    It’s been all about golf for me this summer. If there’s one positive of this terrible pandemic for me, it’s that my handicap has dropped below 20 for the first time
     
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    jack v Low-Roller

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    I decided instead of vegas to hit deadwood, it was supposed to be unaffected by covid and it was, almost totally normal, bars. restaurants, gambling all with no fuss, no muss.
     
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    progrocker2112 Watch out for this guy

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    I took up smoking.
     
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  14. Paul K

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    Yep. Deadwood is good, so is Lake Charles. Worst case I might spend Christmas in Deadwood. Lots of snow, beautiful scenery, and gambling the way it was meant to be. Plus, unless Big Jackpot comes to town, I'll be one of their whales, which is kinda sad in a way.
     
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    I met a friend and her daughter in the Texas Hill Country a few weeks ago, we rented a cabin built in the 1800’s for the weekend. We just chilled and unplugged. We visited a couple of wineries, took wine back to the cabin and drank it on the porch and enjoyed the peace and quiet. It was a wonderful weekend. I have a feeling the hubs and I are about to pull the plug on or Vegas trip in 2 weeks......I just looked, that cabin is available!
     
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    We have not done any overnight trips---sticking to day trips as we have a lot to visit in New England. Like Sonya, we have taken to packing a picnic and going off the beaten path to areas we knew about in the past. We pack our camping chairs, a small folding table, a book for me and Dh's bike and we are set for the day.

    Right now if we want an early dinner, we have eaten only in clam shacks so we can take our food back to our chairs that we set up on the property away from other people. We do miss socializing as talking to strangers has always been something we enjoyed. Oh well, at least we have our health so we can get out.
     
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  17. Richard Alpert

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    Interesting thread, @ken2v!

    My goal has been to be as calm and as patient as possible for my minions and students. I've learned a lot about myself this year!

    I've really grown closer to the minions since the changes began around St. Patrick's Day. The extra time with our trio of teens has been really interesting and rewarding, even the challenges!

    But it's also been great getting out and about!

    We had a car shopping overnight trip to Iowa and we had a family vacation (drove) to Florida last month. We had a great time, found many Steak 'N Shakes, and traveled safely.

    With drive-up/carry out only, we had a ton of picnics this Spring! :feedme: I also had the chance to enjoy my first Popeyes chicken sandwich!

    Our weekly shopping trips to the eastern fringe of the MSP 'burbs continue to be--for the most part--headache-free! :thumbsup:

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    Happy and safe travels to all who're hitting the road!

    RICHARD
     
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    Where is that, Woodbury? Sometimes I venture over there myself, out of the city, to visit Portillos.
     
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    Yep!
    We sneak across that nice Stillwater Bridge.
     
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  20. BlacklabberMike

    BlacklabberMike MIA

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    I'm heading out past where the pavement ends to my partner in crime's horse farm. He's got two horses to race at Plainridge Monday and will be getting them ready and will check it out, but no way am I going to go back to mucking the stalls. Did enough of that sh&^ back in the day.
    Then I'll stop at the farm stand down the road a piece and get some fresh picked corn, blueberries, and whatever else looks good.

    ps. I El Paso'd on the MGM Springfield invite for today.


    Also may go over to another friends house depending on how hot it gets. He asked if I wanted to come over and shoot the sh** and have a few cold ones.
     
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