Four weeks ago the scene looked very, very different. There were going to be fireworks, outdoor eating opportunities, spacing between people, hand sanitizer. We had out mask supply. We had our condo reserved. The only things we were worried about was where to eat on the road and where to go to the bathroom. We even have a plan for that. We bit the bullet after the Memorial Day weekend, ever watchful on the state next door and the counties we would be staying.
I know how this goes. If the rates didn't accelerate after 14 days (and certainly 21 days), then things were "good." Then D-day happened (6/6) and the curve made a sudden inflection. After a couple of days it became apparent that it wasn't a short-term anomaly and that the tide had turned. We are driving out of one state that does have a higher incidence rate to one that is somewhat lower. A coworker of mine owns a house in North Myrtle Beach (Horry county) and tells me that it's "party-time" down there with little apparent regard for one's safety.
We are looking at where this goes in several weeks and whether our trip my get cancelled by a shutdown. We are still planning to go because we'd just as soon have different scenery for a while and be in a place that is different and that we enjoy. This is likely to be our only chance to vacation this year. Our ability to go to Italy and Greece this year look like they may go out the window because the US' infection rate is too high.
But it wears upon me.