Post Number 365
April 6th, 2021
The day has come. Today’s post is number 365! The magic carpet has landed for refueling.
I never expected I would still be writing daily posts one year after the pandemic started. I began the journey expecting we’d all be traveling again by the end of summer… then the holidays… then spring… and here we are, with the virus raging again, and new variants amid vaccinations.
In the past year we’ve virtually visited Maldives, Bella Coola, Philippines, Borneo, Goa, Spain, Singapore (many times), Lake Tahoe (also many times), Oman, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sulawesi, Paris, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cuba, Yosemite, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Tioman Island, Annecy, London, Yucatan Peninsula, Vancouver, Death Valley, Lake Powell, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Bali, Luxembourg, Wiesbaden, Strasbourg, Nuremburg, Morocco, Bangkok, Cambodia, Yogyakarta, Portugal, Yukon Territory and Vietnam.
We’ve explored the Gathering of Nations, Thaipusam and the Tour de France. We’ve seen snow monkeys, played in the snow and celebrated Chinese New Year. We’ve enjoyed mooncakes, moonsets and hot air balloons over Reno, and we’ve savored many virtual escapes to beaches around the world (including yesterday’s) to placate our desire to travel again.
I’m going to take the next few weeks off from posting but will still be reading and commenting. I hope to return with some new local stories and images from wherever I can get to safely, while also knowing and respecting that it’s going to take the world a long time to build immunity at the current rate of vaccination. I saw this estimate* yesterday:
Time to 75% vaccination at the current rate:
U.S. – 3 months
Chile – 4 months
U.K. – 5 months
Canada – 10 months
Brazil – 10 months
E.U. – 1 year
China – 1.1 years
World – 1.8 years
Russia – 1.9 years
South Africa >10 years
We’re in it for the long haul, together. I hope more countries cooperate, share technology and send vaccines to those in need. Humanity may be our most expedient remedy.
Thank you all for reading, commenting and coming along for the journey of 365 posts! I’m grateful we’ve made it this far.
Please stay safe and healthy, and I’ll see you in a few weeks!
*Source: John Fraher, Bloomberg News (find his world vaccination updates daily on Twitter)
LAST POST OF THE DAY: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.