What a crazy, unsettling week it's been. The coronavirus hit my state and life has changed. Monday, my office abruptly announced it was closing, and all employees that could had to telework. What followed was a mad scramble on my part to secure a laptop and learn how to log into my work's computer system remotely. Friday, it was announced that two employees in my building were exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. Luckily these folks were not from my floor, but still scary and upsetting all the same.
Thinking a hike would be a great stress reliever, I used my Friday off to explore one of the Columbia River Gorge trails. Although I picked a less-traveled loop, I still encountered many more people than expected - and some weren't doing a good job of social distancing.
Not wanting to add to the crowds, and keep any germs I may have to myself, I made the decision to stay put at home for the entire weekend.
The weather was gorgeous - warm and sunny. The flowers and trees here in Western Oregon are in full bloom. With so much beauty nearby, it's easy to forget about the pandemic looming.
Since I wasn't hiking to any stunning places I instead decided to capture the spring blooms in my own backyard.
Our plum tree is in full blossom mode, the tulips are just beginning to bloom, and there's still a few daffodils sporting cheerful yellow flowers.
Despite our governor's plea to stay home the Columbia River Gorge and Oregon coast were packed with people this weekend. I fully expect a lockdown to be announced tomorrow in my metropolitan area, if not statewide. If it slows the virus spread and saves lives, I'm all for it.
I hope the photos in this post will give my readers some happiness in these scary times. Stay safe and healthy - but most important, stay home if you can!