Hikes and Dinner Party
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
I enjoyed finding a new hike earlier this week. It is in a very popular park, but it is across the road from the main area. It is much less crowded than the popular main trail. I hiked it twice, once by myself, and once with a new hiking companion, Joanne. The trail follows Tumalo Creek.
Asters were still booming.
And snowbush had its characteristic white berries.
I also hiked with my friend Linda R. She had never hiked at Sparks Lake, so that’s where we went.
Linda R on the trail.
South Sister had a dusting of new snow.
I am feeling more confident about hiking with other people. I still need to go at my own moderate pace; and I can’t go quite as far as I used to. But I love hiking, and it is great exercise.
Last night I had four friends over for dinner. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I set up small tables on my large front porch. My outdoor furniture table is only 4 feet across, so I wanted everyone to be able to sit 6 feet apart. However, everyone else eventually moved their tables closer together.. I guess they were not comfortable with the 6 foot distance in a social setting; but they were still farther apart than pre-pandemic seating. I served Indian food; I modified the chicken curry and rice pilaf recipes to be lower fat. It was delicious.
When winter and cold weather arrive, I will miss our occasional social get-togethers, which have always been outdoors during the pandemic. None of us feel comfortable with indoor social events yet. The COVID-19 cases in our area are continuing to rise. The local school district had to cancel their plans to re-open next week; the COVID-19 cases increased beyond the level where school openings are allowed in our state. Cases have spiked after every holiday weekend.