And about what others may think?
Go ahead and judge if you want. I don’t care what others think of me. That’s their problem, not mine. And if I am being judged, or you’re on the fence reading this, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
I likely have done far more to minimize my risk of spreading COVID-19 than most. I started my self-imposed quarantine in early March. Aside from a paddle last month and today’s, where there were 6 or fewer kayakers following all social distancing protocols, my close contact has been limited to my daughter and my girlfriend. She has done her part as well, with contact with others being as limited.
My outside excursions are to the bank (drive up teller), the post office (box only, no counter contact), and grocery stores. If not for others, the very ones likely judging me, hoarding flour, soap, toilet paper…., I’d only have to make one stop once every two weeks. I am very conscious to minimize contact, even using self checkout when available.
I do not not order takeout or delivery – yes it keeps the economy going, but it adds a layer of risk through non-essential contact. I avoid walks in parks and most neighborhoods as far too many are out in those areas increasing the contact risk. Trails at Point Defiance Park, though the park is closed and access gated, still has more than its share of foot traffic. Narrow sidewalks and trails means less than the 6 feet of required social distancing. Thanks, but no. I’ll kayak.