THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [March 15,2020]

As you are probably aware, we did not have our live-stream today. We knew we would be busy leading up to the wedding in Seattle, and while the coronavirus was in the news as we made our way here, we didn’t quite expect the enormity of the situation to come.


Don’t get us wrong, we would have still come anyway. We wouldn’t have missed Brett & Jessica’s wedding for anything! But being at the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. is an experience.


I have been to Seattle on numerous occasions for work throughout the years and even our first days here it was not lost on me the lack of traffic. We have been able to travel from our campground in Issaquah to downtown Seattle in about 35 minutes. If you’ve ever been here, you know what a rarity that is. And we’ve had that every-single-day. As each day passes the roads are more barren. People are out and businesses are open, but the energy and vibrancy of the city has been dimmed.


We were already well stocked on the precious TP that everyone seems to be freaking out over, as well as Lysol. Russ being a self-proclaimed germaphobe has its benefits! It’s hard to not worry about whether people we interact with throughout our day may get us sick – or for that matter, if we were to get someone else sick. We made a 5am run to a nearby Safeway and were able to buy food that will get us by a few weeks as we prepare to boondock our way to Montana. As we unpacked the groceries – i’m not joking – rubber gloves were worn and we sprayed down all the packaging and washed all the fresh fruits/vegetables. Paranoid or just taking proper precautions? It’s hard to tell right now


Instead of a photo, today I am attaching a news article that will give you an idea of the atmosphere out here. As I write this, I just received a news update to say the governor announced they are shutting down restaurants and bars….. To say that, as a mother, I am feeling torn about wanting to get the heck out of here and wanting to stay and protect our son is an understatement. Although at this point, I know there’s not much we can do, but I know Russ and I both feel better being close in case Brett and Jess needed anything.

We hope each of you reading this is doing well. If you get a bit stir crazy with all of this self-isolation – the #roadcrew is here and we can all muddle through this together 🙂 We are thankful for the friendships each and every one of you has brought into our lives. Thank you!

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