|Our granddaughter on the sparsely populated beach at Coronado on a Thursday morning in late May.|
The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost everyone in the entire world. We've not known any of the tens of thousands of Americans who have died of the virus, and, as retirees, Jane and I fortunately don't have jobs to lose or hours to be reduced. So the impact on us has been relatively minor. We can't travel, hug our granddaughter and are afraid to enter restaurants as they reopen. We can have socially distanced visits with our granddaughter, one of which was recently at the Coronado beach.
There's a fellow who works in our San Diego apartment building who, when asked how things are, always responds "another day in paradise." He's from Chicago but his point of view isn't that skewed. San Diego is a good place to live, even during quarantines and lock downs. We can walk along the waterfront Embarcadero, get excellent pizza to enjoy at home, and from our terrace we can enjoy the relative quiet as airlines reduce flights to the nearby airport, as traffic jams disappear and even rail traffic gets lighter. With an hour's drive, we can be in the mountains of eastern San Diego County for hiking on trails in the Cleveland National Forest at Mount Laguna. For the first time since moving here in 2017 we're aware that a neighborhood church's bells chime the hours. And, we can go to nearby beaches, including those at Coronado, a city on the west side of San Diego's harbor, and at Del Mar, a horse racing town just north of the Torry Pines area.
Here are some snapshots from May 2020.
|Zoomtails, drinking with friends on a Zoom or Skype call,|
is one way to battle the isolation of the pandemic.
|The day we were at Del Mar, a Wednesday in late May, the waves were barely big enough|
to propel a surfboard, but that doesn't keep people from trying.
|The bridge carries the coastal road over an inlet.|
|Most people at Del Mar were keeping their distance.|
|Beachfront homes at Del Mar. The beach, of course, is public.|
|A snowy egret at Del Mar. We also saw flocks of pelicans in flight,|
but oddly no sea gulls or even pigeons. Maybe like most people they
can't afford to live in Del Mar.
|This area connects the beach with a city street where we found free and convenient parking.|
|A Thursday morning at Coronado with my granddaughter and her glamorous mother.|
|At the tide pools in front of the Del Coronado hotel.|
|Renovations at the famous Del Coronado hotel were planned well before the virus.|
|Sand dollars at Coronado. When I was a kid visiting Gulf of Mexico beaches,|
I was told that finding a sand dollar meant that you would return to that beach.