“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” Dwight Schrute, The Office.
I’ve been feeling increasingly weird about continuing to post pictures of the pups on adventures. We are, in fact, staying at home—most of the time. I don’t go anywhere except the grocery store and the occasional hike. I take dozens of pictures on every hike, so my feed makes it look like we’re out and about more often than we are. But we do still go, and I’m willing to own that because I know I’m following Dwight’s rule—I’m not being an idiot.
Our stay at home order here in Colorado specifically exempts outdoor exercise, including hiking. I’m NOT taking that as a free pass to go out on adventures without a care in the world, nor should anyone. I’ve come up with some rules (which I mentioned before):
1. Do my research;
2. Pick hikes that are close enough to home that they don’t really require me to travel (i.e., no extra stops for gas) but are off the beaten path;
3. Stick to wide trails that will give me plenty of space to distance myself more than 6 feet if we do see another human;
4. If there are more than 2 cars at a trailhead, move on;
5. Stick to zero(ish)-risk, easy trails. I turned around the other day because there were a few stretches of the trail that were a tad icy, even though my spikes would’ve made it a breeze. Ice = increased risk of injury (this is a new rule I just made up, out of concern that a sprained ankle would send me to a hospital that already has stretched its resources thin);
6. Wear two scarves, regardless of the weather, so I can cover up quickly if we end up anywhere near any other human on the trail (new rule)—I’m going to make myself a mask (wish me luck).
I took this pic yesterday on a trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. There were no cars at the trailhead and we didn’t see another human—our outing was zero contact.
You can enjoy nature—just don’t be an idiot.