In fact, the state of California and the CDC is requesting that we not leave our home counties for any reason, and that we not leave our homes except for food, medicine, or exercise.
Here is a note from someone near Yosemite National Park: "Closing the park also protects those that live and/or work in the park from someone bringing the virus in from another area. Medical care is limited in the park at it's best and do your really want the rangers to have to respond to hurt or lost hikers, or accidents or anything else that could possible expose them to the virus that was brought in by a visitor? Plus with the free entrance to all national parks now, the park would be over run and we saw what happened during the government shutdown. The Governor wants people to stay local and enjoy a park in their area or just go take a walk in their neighborhood."
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Oregon has just closed all its state parks, including for day use. It's spring break week, hordes have headed for the beach, and evidently nobody is practicing "social distancing" over there. The local communities are all concerned about sick visitors overrunning their inadequate medical facilities. They are closing all lodging and short term rentals, and telling even owners of vacation homes to pack up and go home.
After a beautiful week of spring weather, rain is due tonight, which may discourage some of the horde.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
Now would have been the perfect time to visit national parks since there arent any people around. I wanted to visit Yosemite so I can add another national park hat to my collection but I guess I have to wait until they open again.
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