WELL! It was nearly impossible to find a sit down food place anywhere in the upper West and Midwest. In Michigan (6,000 deaths) Minnesota (1400), and Wisconsin (700) folks are hunkered down in most spots. We had people confront us as we wore a mask and ask, “Do you really believe in this crap?” At other locations convenience stores were open only via a small window to pay for gas. We concluded the “belief” is based in liberal and conservative politics.
We drove nearly 6,000 miles and couldn’t help but marvel at the green beauty of the USA, the vastness of the farm land, and richness of the diverse culture.
Our Boise neighbor graduated from college in May and was hired by GM as an engineer. About the only corporate contact she has had is via a company-issued computer. Her final exams were all via computer and graduation was also a video event. We predict these things will be common in the future, even without a pandemic.
Gas was as low as $1.69 per gallon and never over $2.04. No surprise, but Boise had the highest gas price we experienced. Traffic in the rural areas was pleasantly light. We did notice a fair number of “family vacation” vehicles in the Bad Lands, Mount Rushmore, and Grand Teton national parks, but few hotels displayed “no vacancy” signs.
Local news and public radio stations repeatedly featured interviews with police chiefs, police union leaders, black lives matter advocates, and assorted social workers and psychologists. Thanks to body-cam and security videos, the public is able to see actual events. The actions of the rogue coppers and the destructive protesters will permanently change our society.
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