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Two weeks ago our nation began to practice social distancing as a whole. Since then Matt and I have both been working from home and avoiding other people as much as possible. We go to the store for groceries and supporting local restaurants by ordering take-out, but otherwise we’ve been hanging out just the two of us. Luckily, where we live our outdoor activities have not been restricted, so we are taking advantage of the great weather each day to take long walks around our neighborhood, being careful to give fellow walkers a wide berth, of course.
This past weekend Matt and I decided to explore a small National Park near our home. We ended up taking a lovely 8-mile hike around this park. We pretty much had the park to ourselves up until the last 1/2 mile. It seemed as if many people decided they like to go hiking after noon. Either that, or people were waiting for the cloudy weather to clear out a bit and warm up. Luckily for Matt and me, we are used to getting started early on our hikes from our days in Colorado, and gloomy/drizzly weather never really stopped us. When you are hiking large mountains, you want to get to the top and back down before noon to avoid the pop-up thunderstorms that are commonplace in the spring and summer there. Although that is not as much of a concern hiking in the woods of Virginia, we are still used to an early start, which allows us to better practice social distincing.
While we are disapointed to be so restricted in our activities, we are excited to take this opportunity to explore parts of our local area we might not otherwise, like this National Park we found so close to home. I can’t wait to see what else we find nearby!