I was reading another blog earlier this week, and the author made a point that resonated with me. In many ways, this is a lost year. That doesn't mean that I haven't had some good times, but it sure hasn't been normal.
I've been fortunate during the last two years to take long camping trips with the Scamp during the spring and fall. Neither one happened this year. I tried to make up for that this summer by taking shorter trips and staying closer to home. That was okay, but even that is coming to an end.
Two things are working against me right now. As a full time caregiver for the foreseeable future, I only have two nights off. One of those nights is Friday, and I haven't had any luck finding camping reservations for a Friday night.
Second, many campgrounds are closing down for the season, making the number of available campsites even on Thursday night problematic.
Even if I could find a campsite, the trails have been very busy on Fridays and Saturdays. While Covid numbers are down for many parts of the country, things are bad in Wisconsin right now. We are experiencing a 50% uptick in cases, along with record hospitalizations and deaths.
I have no photos for this week. I checked my phone for "possibles", but then I remembered that nearly all of my walks this week happened before dawn. It is what it is. I'll try to do better next week.