I’m not sure if I should have been surprised at the crowd, but there it was in remote Botetourt County at 10 a.m. and I wasn’t in church. This was Roaring Run, a sweet hike in the middle of nowhere, and the parking lot was full and growing by the minute.
Of course, I had the only face mask in the crowd, but that wasn’t surprising. I think a lot of Americans believe the COVID19 pandemic is over and it’s back to normal. That, of course, is the attitude that will kill many more of us as we approach 2 million cases of what is right now an incurable virus. 110,000 of us have died, but yesterday there was not a single sign of concern.
Maybe they are right. But if they aren’t …
On the way home, I stopped at the newly-open Goodwill store in Daleville, just to scope it out, then Kroger to pick up some supplies. Few masks, even though Goodwill had a sign on the front door saying people not wearing a mask should not enter. I didn’t buy anything, but it looked like GWLtd had been crowded all day and its abundant stock was dwindling. Back to normal, I guess.
The hike itself was as it always is at Roaring Run: breathtaking and churchy. It is easy to feel spiritual in these surroundings and those of us who live here, I think, understand just how fortunate we are.