I was tempted to call this the “new abnormal” but realized…
...we don’t need another reminder that strange days are here. When I posted an item about Covid-19 in March, it was outdated a couple of days later. I had suggested that Californians should get free admission to all state parks since so many other social activities were banned.
|Quarantine on the water|
Paddles also may come in handy off the water. For a time, walking in a local park became hazardous as maskless runners brushed by me as they came up from behind, huffing and puffing. That stopped as soon as I took my paddle on walks and “practiced”air strokes. Runners obviously thought I was wacko and gave me a wide berth. Other walkers gave me a smile and a thumb’s-up.
I haven't seen many other people wearing masks around parking lots and docks. But folks tend to relax their guard in parks, and safe distancing goes kaput. Yes, it may look foolish, but my mask stays on until I hit the water. And goes back on when I return to the dock.
The hard decision comes when a launch area is overcrowded, as many parks have seen. Then it’s a choice between leaving with the boat still on the roof rack, or staying inside the car until the crowd thins out. I now take a good book along with my kayaking gear.
Some other common-sense tips:
It’s always best to paddle with companions, but limit your pod to one or two other healthy friends, at most. It helps limit chances for viral exposure and makes it easier to maintain proper personal space. Also rules out carpooling, unfortunately.
If you are paddling solo, perfect your routine for loading and unloading your kayak without assistance. There’s often someone around who will offer to help, but it’s probably wiser to decline, unless help is really necessary.
© Glenn Brank, 2020