This weekend, I travelled to Victoria for a mini-vacation. Our Public Health Officer has advised us that safe travel undertaken in a manner that is considerate of the residents is permissible. Outside activities, a mask when distancing is not possible and frequent hand washing are essential. Our province has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. More under-40's are testing positive. Summer get-togethers are being blamed.
There is a commemorative plaque in the garden of my hotel inspired by our Public Health Hero, Dr Bonnie Henry. I am staying at a heritage house hotel on the Inner Harbour. After months of inactivity, I am enjoying 15,000+ step walks every day. At 68 years of age, I have noticed a loss of strength after sedentary times. I love the ocean and the Victoria neighbourhoods with their Craftsman bungalows and bright gardens. Walking is a joy here!
My daughter came to stay with me for 2 nights. Her union was rallying at the Provincial Legislature to ask for government protection fo 50,000 hospitality workers who have been laid off. After a few months, the workers will lose their right to recall based on seniority. Workers, who have been employed for years by an employer, will be forced to look for minimum wage jobs. The Covid-19 pandemic is pointing out the disparities that have developed over the last few years.
Although my daughter had to attend to her work and to return Vancouver, I decided to extend my trip. My husband is content at home with Tilde and I never tire of blue skies and fresh air. When I walk, I carry a book and make good use of the benches and chairs provided to encourage outside activity. I stop, read a chapter, then continue my walk. This book is called Paris Never Leaves You. I picked it up at Munro's Books when I finished Lady Clementine. Both books were quick holiday reads. I will need another book for the ferry ride home.
I crossed the pedestrian bridge to visit West Victoria where you can walk for a great distance visiting mixed use marine communities. I'm not so familiar with this area so it was an adventure.
By the end of the day, my face was a little red and my hair was beachy but I felt as though I had enjoyed a safe and healthy break.
How are you enjoying the summer weather? Do you enjoy summer walks? Is the virus spreading more as people tire of social distancing?