Oddly enough, this may be a great time to be a Mopologist, since it means that you get to ignore CDC recommendations in order to have a good time! I'm sure that you're not alone in having noticed, on "Sic et Non", that Dr. Peterson has been "tripping the light fantastic" through some of the most scenic areas of the Rocky Mountains: Estes Park, Breckenridge, and most recently, Steamboat Springs. I'm sure that Dr. Peterson is telling himself that he's doing his readers an important service: they are probably as sick of the coronavirus lockdown as anybody else, and hey! Look! Here's somebody providing a travelogue! It's like he's a Mopologetic Andrew Zimmern! He has even cooked up an Edward Abbey-esque fantasy about the local wildlife:
I bet they were so close that you could almost touch them! Two moose? Wow! And parting is such sweet sorrow:Daniel Peterson wrote:Oddly, we never did see any bighorn sheep during our visits. And we saw no bears. (I never seriously anticipated that we would.). On the other hand, today was a fairly good day for other wildlife. We saw a few isolated deer, scores of elk, and two moose, all pretty close at hand. We saw one group of four quite large bull elk — six-pointers, so far as we and others there could tell — at a bit of a distance just above the continental divide at Milner Pass. As an unexpected bonus, I also caught a glimpse of a red fox very near to where we’ve been staying here in Breckenridge. It’s been good to be (way) out of the house.
ROFL! Yeah, sure you did. "My red fox"? How romantic! (And of course there would be "some sort of prey in his mouth.")Daniel Peterson wrote:To conclude on a brighter note, though: As I was readying our car for leaving Breckenridge this morning, I commented to my wife that it would be nice to see my red fox once again. She had missed seeing him, but we were now looking toward the area where I had spotted him the day before. Not sixty seconds later, he loped right past the car, maybe only two or three feet from us, with some sort of prey in his mouth. We watched him until he was out of sight.
Of course, this is all ____. No way did a fox "lope...right past the car...only two or three feet from us." That only happens in fantasy. Has this guy ever been around wild animals before? This just isn't how they behave...at least, not outside of a Disney movie.
So, you really have two possibilities here: DCP is sitting at home (as he ought to be) and conjuring up these fictions for his "Sic et Non" readers. Or, he really is out there on the road, defying CDC recommendations. Speaking of those recommendations,they are quite clear:
(emphasis in the original)CDC wrote:This page is about travel that is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. For advice on how to safely meet basic household needs within your local community, see CDC’s webpage about running essential errands.
COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
And it goes on:
Interestingly, the CDC offers this advice about traveling to see family or friends (which I think is what most people would choose do, if given the opportunity and assurance from health officials):CDC wrote:Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. We don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance (keep 6 feet apart from other people).
Ah, okay. Well, good thing that DCP's vacation was purely self-serving, and won't endanger any of his family members!CDC wrote:Is it safe to travel to visit family or friends?
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before you travel, learn if coronavirus is spreading in your local area or in any of the places you are going. Traveling to visit family may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19. People at higher risk for severe illness need to take extra precautions.
Seriously: how does one spin this as being anything other than selfishness? Other than what I suggested above--i.e., he thinks he's doing his readers a service by "valiantly" traveling out into the wilds (and how!) of Colorado and showing everyone that bravery and excitement and beauty still exist amidst the pandemic!--the only other explanations are that he is (a) trying his hand at fiction-writing, or (b) he really is selfishly going on vacation despite the advice of experts.
Quite stunning, when you think about it. Or not.