Four strong winds

If you read our post This Land is My Land, you will know how excited we were preparing for our trip to the Arctic Ocean in the middle of May. Alas, as you might expect, this is not going to happen in the near future due to Covid-19,

We made the decision in mid-March when we saw the number of cases increase throughout Canada — that is, except for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. We hoped that everyone would stay away from the northern communities and that they would escape the virus. But, alas, that was not to be.

At first, it looked like it might be the place to go especially since we are basically confined to our camper just as we are in our home. However, we soon realized that it would cause stress to the communities to have people passing through thus increasing the threat.

For the most part, we have found people very cooperative, helpful and kind. People are taking physical distancing seriously and going about their business respectfully. However, there are some who remain selfish and irresponsible, for example, the rvs from Alberta, New York etc who travel to the Yukon, NWT and Haida Gwai. But we don’t dwell on them. Let’s put our energies toward planning for a time when the virus is done with and we plan on what we do with our new-found realization that the system, as it is now, does not work.

Now, as we are pretty much confined to our homes except for walkabouts in our own neighbourhoods, we find other ways to entertain ourselves.

I notice that the bloggers I have been following over the past few years, are not writing and posting. I can understand why. It is very difficult to write when your spirit goes from dread to optimism and back again.

At this moment, I am on the upswing. Although I am disappointed about postponing (yes, postponing – not cancelling) our trip to the Arctic Ocean, I feel fortunate for the traveling we have manage over the past few years including 3 trip across Canada.

So my next posts will include some re-writes of our trips as well as some about my experiences in song.

I will end this post with the reason I have titled it ‘Four Strong Winds’. In a previous post, “A Song In My Heart“, I wrote about my first public performance. When I moved from Manitouwadge, Ontario to Whittier, California, (that’s another whole story), I was visiting my grandfather who happened to have a guitar. He had to go to work, so I was left on my own for the whole day. I picked up the guitar and a book that showed some chords. I used the song ‘Four Strong Wind’, by Ian Tyson to practice playing the first three chords I leans. That, my friends, was the beginning of my guitar playing. I am not a good guitar player but I was able to broaden my repertoire with this accompaniment.

In my attempt to stick with the theme, the featured picture was taken in Newfoundland when we were waiting for storm to blow through so we can get on the ferry. The wind was so strong, it was all I could do to stand.upright.

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