A respectful discussion of how to ease back into Multi Day trips safely and the Covid in terms of Idaho boating
R - I want to go boating safely with some of you all, is that crazy?
Sometimes I post up info about the road to the MF, river flow or some other weird shit that gives the impression I know what I am talking about. Apparently, my info has helped some people from time to time.
As a result I have received many invitations to join trips, including several this spring and early summer. Normally I can only manage a spring trip with my crew and don't get to consider joining another trip.
This spring I was supposed to go down the Grand. The stars had aligned on a date, with a fabulous group of people. As a single dad of two teenage girls this is some feat. One daughter had a school trip that coincided with the exact dates of the GC trip of May 17 to June 2 and the other one had good friends to stay with.
Until the Covid. Pretty sure the NPS will not open the GC by then and my PH is so bummed he won't even answer the phone.
Seriously fuck this virus.
Blaine County (where I live conveniently just two hours to the put in for the Middle Fork) quickly became a hot spot the third week of March, as did many destination ski areas. We led the nation in per capita cases for well over a week. In a valley of 18K total population, we have nearly 500 people confirmed. I believe the actual number to be 3 to 4 times that. And not asymptomatic carriers, but people who got sick. I know of three different families that only one person was tested but the entire family got sick. They all were sick and recovered at home.
I had one friend who died of it, another friend lost his mom. And I know several who spent days to over a week in hospital, two for sure in ICU....so I get that it is real and serious.
But I am so over it. And the whole "Stay the Fuck Home" thing is really getting on my nerves. How about "Let's be smart about how we interact with other humans". Not as catchy but a better way to live.
I am ready to go boating and have been invited (some before the 'rona and some after) on several different trips. I couldn't really consider it, but we have had very low numbers of new cases and the Governor has a phased reopening of the state.
It has been unusual for me to not have some out of state people on nearly every trip. Particularly in June it looks like we may be able to start to mingle with some out of state folks without quarantine.
The parts of the trip that seem challenging to me would be:
Shuttling to and from the river without carpooling.
Hanging out at the fire (thinking of six feet distance)
Floating on the river would not be challenging.
How do you feel about the risk of interacting with strangers in a multi-day river trip situation?
Do you think this can be done safely?
How do we do that?
If available commercially would you take a test before and after a trip?\
Twenty tests for $280 and must be purchased by a health professional.
10 minute test that shows lines like a pregnancy test from a fingertip prick.
This is likely the way commercial trips will go. Maybe.
Would you wear a mask if you had kitchen duty that night?
Or any time in camp?
Crazy to even think about?
Just the thought of a river trip has improved my spirits so much that I wanted to see what the collective thought.