How we plan to meander safely home.
We are in the South Island. So far safe and sound. No symptoms and we both have tested our temperatures countless times with our trusty thermometer gun thing. Last check I am 36.4 and Damon is 36.1. He’s always cooler than me… True story.
So yes. Healthy as horses and totally isolated since we grabbed our last hot meal for a minimum of three days at taco Tuesday yesterday evening. Juggling our plans in a way that guarantees we do not get within ten metres of any other humans until the lockdown level changes is now our priority. We are confident we’re doing the right thing for ourselves; our family, and Aotearoa and I am going to be brave and walk you through the plan and our rationale, knowing that someone somewhere will certainly disagree with us or find our decision to stay put to be the wrong one. Someone somewhere will always think a decision is the wrong one. This is life.
First, let me say I am totally on board and if honest, still undeniably, and probably selfishly and unreasonably annoyed at another lockdown. We want to be skiing today, and then heading home at a leisurely pace toward our kids as we’d planned to do for months and months. We have no idea what is next. We aren’t booked to ferry back to the North Island until Monday next week, and have no idea if that will happen now. My daughter is not speaking to me as we opted to stay put and found an apartment with a kitchen to settle in for the three-day lock down here in the South, rather than rush home and further clog up the already stretched travel networks across the country. I’ll walk through our decision-making process as the blog evolves.
Agree whole heartedly with short and sharp as we have witnessed what happened offshore when faffing is allowed. I get so boiling mad thinking about the spread in Australia as I have beloved friends stranded or trapped there, and it feels like they’d be enjoying far more freedom if there had been similar measures imposed. I am not an epidemiologist or any sort of health expert, but it does seem probable that the huge unmasked crowds protesting the lockdowns in Sydney were likely superspreading events that will keep my BFFs more than arms reach away for who knows for how much longer.
Okay, so here’s the lay of the land for myself and my silver fox fiancé. We set off on Thursday the 12th on a working holiday toward the South Island to check out eco-tourism and biodiversity. We have been drawn to the South Island as a couple since the very start of our romance, as we “outed” ourselves as a “shipped” couple at an EVent (that’s an Electric Vehicle event, typically hosted and attended by EVangelists or Electric Vehicle evangelists) in Dunedin in October 2019. We also took a week-long road trip in Te Waipounamu in December that year. We’ve been back quite a few times now and never run out of new things to do and see here.
We are currently in a motel room without a kitchen or microwave in Wanaka. The staff here have been AMAZING and helpful and as soon as the news came in they kicked into full level four planning and managing gear. Most guests have cleared out and are heading home or to longer term lockdown arrangements. Given that we have 48 hours to relocate and get “home” we have an apartment with a full kitchen booked and will move in and settle there for as long as the lockdown lasts on the South Island. Best case scenario is we can make the ferry crossing we have booked for Monday.
Really this blog isn’t even that interesting. We have arranged a “home” to hunker down in our bubble and will be traveling first thing tomorrow morning and not having to see a single person as we will charge the car across the road and we have cheese, crackers, carrots, coffee and cold drinks. We hope that we won’t even need to go to the supermarket while in Level 4. Our diet won’t exactly be balanced for the next 72 hours, but it’s a small price to pay to do our bit to ensure we can all return to the freedoms we have enjoyed.
We want to thank the many close friends and family who have offered us shelter here in the South, we’d have loved to see you but felt keeping to ourselves and keeping our bubble to just us two and moving into a place to plan our next steps was the most reasonable response in keeping to the spirit of caution and care. Really, we didn’t want to make a nuisance of ourselves if this is extended beyond the three days or even into weeks, so settling into our next place without needing to see another human seems the best possible solution for ourselves and everyone.
In conclusion. Feels like we are gamifying this lockdown and here’s the rules of engagement:
- Stay absolutely isolated and at least five metres distance from all other humans while Level 4 is in effect
- Make our way home safely and as soon as the levels allow
- Be as little a nuisance as possible by staying put and keeping calm and assessing the situation as it progresses
- Do safe and fun stuff while paying absolute heed to all the other rules
- Document and share our experiences
- Stay cheerful and joyful and hopeful throughout
So that’s that. The story of us on a sunny day in the South Island. Hope you are safe and well and where you need/want to be.
Lots of Love from us to you at a safe social distance.
Thanks for reading!
Dee and Damon (Deemon)