October 2nd to 8th, 2020
Well, hello there! What’s that? Not the trip you were expecting? Where did Scotland 2020 go? Excellent question, but I’m pretty sure everyone in the World can figure out the answer to that question. Regardless, I will provide a brief explanation: COVID-19. Oh, you need more? Okay, but it’s really not a long story. We did plan to travel to Scotland in September. We had reservations made and flights booked and an itinerary pretty much finalized. We were going to be on Orkney Island for my 50th birthday. And then COVID-19 hit so everything got cancelled. We will not be travelling outside of Canada until a vaccine is available and the border restrictions are lifted. See? Short, probably familiar, story.
The Northwest Territories also has border restrictions in place which have successfully (so far) limited our exposure to COVID-19 — We have not had an active case since May (April?). But the border restrictions remain in place, which I fully support, and they require that when anyone enters the Northwest Territories they are required to self-isolate in designated centers for 14 days before they can go out and about. Which means we have to account for that if we want to do any travelling outside the Northwest Territories.
Now, I had to go to Edmonton for an appointment that’s been rescheduled twice already because of COVID-19. I really didn’t want to reschedule it again, so I decided to give myself a little bit of a break with it. I decided to drive to Edmonton and spend a couple of days visiting my mother (respecting social distancing requirements and recommended mask wearing procedures) while there. When I get home I will work from home while I self-isolate for two weeks. It’s all doable.
In the meantime, Dan and I purchased a GoPro Hero 7 camera a few months ago. I’m still figuring out how it works, but it occurred to me that maybe this road trip would be a good opportunity to use it more than we have. And I thought, what the heck, why don’t I do a little travel blog for this little trip, too? The camera’s been working great, I’ve got some video and some photos. But now that I’m sitting in front of WordPress I realize I have COMPLETELY forgotten how to use it to make my travel blog. Particularly since WordPress has introduced a new editor format thingy. So I’m sort of starting over and wracking my poor memory and trying to find things. This would be why this first page is so regretfully boring visually. At least for now. I’ll revamp and re-publish it as I figure out how to do things again.
So, stay tuned! It’s getting rather late in the evening now, so I’ll sign off for the time being.
Good night, all!