First off, I want to acknowledge that we all have mixed feelings about travel these days. We have the information about the best knowledge available and we act on that with prayer and hopefully wisdom.
Russ and I operate on a system of understanding we can be exposed to Covid at the grocery or church as well as on the road, so we try and follow the best safety measures we can and trust God for the rest of it.
We have talked about trying to go somewhere for a while so took advantage of a few extra days tagged on the weekend and visited Galena. We packed our masks and some warm clothes and headed to the Farmer’s Guest House Bed and Breakfast.
The hosts are taking numerous precautions to protect themselves and guests so we felt comfortable in our choice.
I am amazed constantly at the effort and creativity of small business owners in this pandemic. We were treated to all the amenities, but in safe and beautiful ways.
Our food was delivered to our door with a knock and a pretty tray of deliciousness. We could eat in our room or carry down to a main dining room where tables were spaced well apart.
Since they are limiting their capacity to half occupancy and leaving rooms empty a full day for complete cleaning, there were few guests and so we usually had the place to ourselves.
Little boxes contained a feast of a breakfast and they even were careful to use disposable items that are biodegradable. Praise God because we are currently overloading the landfills again with styrofoam…sigh…
We wore masks in the hallway of the Inn as well as on Main Street, both inside and outside shops.
But thankfully we also enjoyed going hiking sans masks…
The river walk was lovely tho a bit chilly…
giving us a full view of this charming town nestled in the hills…
We had some yummy dinners, again wearing masks in with appropriate distance between tables and the courtesy of the waiters standing back until we could get our masks in place each time they approached the table.
With the chilly temperatures and overcast skies we limited our time out on the Main Street of shops, and spent time reading and resting. We did visit and tour the Blaum Brothers Distillery, which was again a fascinating story of how entrepreneurs pursue their interests and apply various skills and knowledge and hard work.
The day we drove home, we saw ….
And it was rather pretty, I must say.
It was good and yet so different to take a small vacation away from our every day life. The masks and the signs and the social distancing cast their own clouds over what normal life used to be, but always God reminds us…there is and always will be…
As always, we are happy to be back home and thankful for the kindness of those who welcomed us to their community.
Travel has changed greatly and has taken on a strange tone, but the hospitality of this little town made us feel at home and we are thankful <3