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Hikes, and Vaccine Envy

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

We had a blanket of fresh snow this morning. And a beautiful deer was out to greet me when I went to shovel the driveway.

Are you feeling vaccine envy? I admit it, I am! The CDC has recommended that the vaccine be made available to all seniors over age 65. My state is delaying that. Our governor has ordered the vaccines go to teachers before seniors; she wants the schools to reopen.Now a federal judge has ruled that prisoners must be vaccinated immediately, before teachers and before seniors. I was originally scheduled to be eligible to sign up for the vaccine on about March 1; I am certain that this legal ruling will delay the date. Very disappointing! And I am trying hard not to be jealous of people that have already gotten their vaccine, many of whom are younger than me. I know that the more people that are vaccinated, the more that this virus will die down. I am ready for life to return to normal! Like so many of us, I want to travel again; I want to hug my friends; I want to visit my family.

I relax and enjoy life by going on hikes. Here are photos from my hikes last week.

In the central Oregon Badlands wilderness

Do you see the eye on the twisted juniper log?

We also hiked into the black rock trail, from Reynolds pond.

Juniper tree at Reynolds Pond.

The water in the canals was frozen


My friends Pat, Hanne and Don

Pat and Hanne on a muddy slushy trail along the canal

Yesterday, Hanne and I hiked in the Tumalo Canal historic District. It was cloudy so we did not take many photos. But I was inspired by some of the images of juniper trees growing in the middle of lava rock formations. To me, it was an image of life persisting through difficult times. Stay healthy and thrive!

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  • OOLALA53
    I lucked out, I guess, in CA. Also, several people in my online local groups had all gotten theirs, so I thought I'd try. The vaccine website I was using kept blocking me, even though I could see there were jabs available in a few hours. So frustrating! I did feel a little bad for older folks also eligible (I'm 67) not getting in, but what can I do? Finally, a new drop down box opened and I was able to get a same-day appointment, rolling up to the area just a few minutes after my appt. time. (Traffic at the site slowed me a little.) Second one set for next week. I later got a notice from Kaiser that they were taking appts. for my age group. They are off the hook for me.

    I understand wanting it bad! The ironic thing is that there are some people so willing to let it slide, though it's true we don't know what longterm effects will be. (I would bet these are often people eating and moving in ways that we KNOW are not good for their longterm effects! Such is the logic of humans.)

    Some of those pics look like areas in the high desert of New Mexico. So nourishing to the system!
    45 days ago
    I don't understand the prisoners being vaccinated before teachers and seniors! Doesn't make any sense to me!
    62 days ago
    How I understand since we both live in the same state and know this governor. (Though fail to understand her logic or lack of it!) ... Beautiful pictures and I am so glad you are able to get out to hike. Sorry I missed this blog when first posted.
    63 days ago
    Great - persistence through difficult times! Love your hiking pictures. Your deer friend so lovely on the lawn. I'm not as anxious for the vaccine as you. DH has no immune system, so I'm not sure if he will be eligible. Time will tell. I am like you ready to roam freely, hug friends and family, feel comfortable going out. I'm hoping for that J&J vaccine, one shot wonder. By the time we get ours, may be available!
    63 days ago
    That is weird--- prisoners before seniors? What about nursing homes patients? Did the front line workers get theirs yet in your state?
    Really beautiful scenery there! Those juniper pics- too cool!
    Let me know how you feel after you go gluten free for awhile. I guarantee your knees will feel less painful for sure. How do I know that? If I slip up and eat gluten by accident, my knees tell me with more pain. Other areas that are arthritic too, but my knees are worse than those.
    Thanks for the blog visit. Much appreciated. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    64 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/5/2021 6:55:14 PM
    "Vaccine envy" that's a perfect description. While I am also disappointed that Joe and I (75 & 73) will be waiting awhile, I do understand the reasoning. My DD and SIL (teacher) see so many children and adults while Joe and I being retired have the option of being hermits. I'm glad they came first. One DD, also a teacher is still waiting for a shot. Teaching in a "virus central" school, I hope she can get one soon.

    65 days ago
    I, too, experience vaccine envy.
    the teachers and school staff are exposed to sooo many children every day, all day, inside, so...
    The prisoners have no way to socially distance.
    I am 68 and in RI I am estimated to get my jab by the end of February.
    I can wait.
    65 days ago
    You have a beautiful place to hike. In my state I am eligible but lack vaccine supplies. emoticon
    66 days ago
    Great Pics Alison.

    We've reached over £10, million now in the UK, all the over 80 and moving on to the over 70s and the vulnerable and all in nursing homes are done too.

    Amazing work!

    stay safe hun, have a terrific Thursday emoticon
    66 days ago
    Great photos................and I just wrote on Gail's blog how I feel about the fact that the CDC should set up the rules concerning the vaccines and that they should be followed by all of the States. If only the Government had listened to the Doctors and Medical Experts from the beginning and NOT turned it into a Political situation we would be in a much better place. When did the Health of a human being come in second?
    66 days ago
    Beautiful pictures.
    66 days ago
    I guess we could commit a crime in order to move up the list. CA is doing a terrible rollout job. Great pics.
    66 days ago
    Love this
    66 days ago
    Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.
    66 days ago
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