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Dear Wilder – Making up some lost time | 8/ 15/2020

Dear Wilder: I have been locked in self-quarantine isolation since March 13th, 2020. I’ve put an “X” on my wall calendar every day of the isolation. The quarantine has been so long it takes me several minutes to count the Xs. I’m OK with this because I tricked my mind to think about how it must be stationed on a submarine. On a submarine, you cannot go outside. You have to deal with it – You have to keep busy – You have to have routines. The good news, however, I’ve decided to come out of isolation. I plan on making up some lost time.

I want to see all the changes the news has been reporting. It’s the only thing I know except for what the delivery people tell me. They generally like to talk and stories about their lives when I ask.

To the point, and not to waste too much more of your time. I read your advice posts. And I thought you might be a great person to suggest the first place I should go camping. I live in the Yooper area. (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) I’m concerned about the killer virus, but I am ready to rejoin society. I’m ready to see and meet new friends. MAKING UP SOME LOST TIME

Dear Making up Something: Congratulations on your successful trying experience. As for the transition back to society, I recommend a socially distanced, no more than 6 people “Coming Back” party with you and your friends. I also recommend checking in at the CDC Safety Guidelines and CDC travel for their latest safety protocols. ON CAMPING: I would not cross the border into Canada. They might not appreciate US visitors at this time. I would check Travel.gov for special instructions and restrictions, then pick a place nearby that you have always wanted to visit. You might like to consider a new hobby such as Birding to help meet some people. People have flocked to it since the beginning of the pandemic. Sleepy Hollow State Park is a great place for camping and birding. Overall you should go camping where you feel the safest and can make the most out of your first time out of isolation adventure. Finally, the best of luck coming out of your quarantine grind.

Cartoon Illustration of Willy B. By Illustrator Morgan Phillips
‘Wilder Burroughs’
PLEASE NOTE: WILLIAM WILDERLING BURROUGHS ‘WILDER’ IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. ANY RESEMBLANCE TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL. THE STORIES ARE MADE UP. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ADVICE FROM WILDER. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR ANY ISSUES YOU MAY HAVE WHILE CAMPING, HIKING, OR ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

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