When I reflect on my last post where in I suggested 2020 is likely to be a bumpy ride, little did I know how bumpy weird it would get. To that end, the Governor of Montana has issued Executive Orders which essentially lock down non essential businesses and activities which includes a shelter in place/stay at home directive. In that respect, we are not unique, much of the nation has similar constraints enacted. However, the Orders in place do allow for Outdoor Recreation, with all the appropriate social distancing rules.
If there is anything we have out here in the great beyond, it’s room for social distancing. And thus I and a friend socially distanced ourselves on the waters of Rock Creek near the hometown Berg of Bob. We kept our distances, drove two vehicles, and not only didn’t come within the recommended six feet, but our thoughts were, “if I can hit you with my rod tip, you’re too damn close”. No water, beers or anything else was shared…. We shared nothing but time spent in a place which hadn’t seemed to change. For about three hours, the world in front of us was familiar and predictable. Currents still flowed strong, hiddy hole pools held fish or at least the possibilities of fish. The right flies cast to the right locations and drifted appropriately produced the spotted gems which serve as a reason to reacquaint ourselves with natures’ alternative reality. Three hours isn’t a long time, but it was enough time, until next time.
Life can be a challenge, but outcomes are largely determined by how we face those challenges. It does not require strength of character to cave in and believe it’s all going to hell, because unless we let it, it won’t. Indeed, we are living in strange times. Stay positive, check in on your friends, family, and neighbors, this too shall pass. And if you have the chance, I highly recommend you heed the Governor’s Orders and socially distance yourselves outside. It helps.