I may have mentioned in the comments or a post of my own that I was heading up to Oregon after Christmas to visit our niece's baby boy. Leaving at 0400 on the day after Christmas during a pandemic made for quick travel, arriving in just under 10 hours.
It was a much needed trip. After a year of missed occasions, lost opportunities, and restrictive, yet unsuccessful quarantines, not to mention tumultuous politics, we needed a break. Sure, we made it up there during the summer, but that was all work and no play, moving my wife's mom off her ranch to a new home which she shares with that new baby's grandma, my sis-in-law (SIL).
It's a beautiful property, plenty of room, open spaces, some trails, and a nice view of the valley below. We love the San Diego weather, but it's really nice to experience an environment where one has to bundle up every once in a while. We had a great time doing a whole lot of nothing. We sat in front of a warm fire, had nice conversations while listening to some vinyl, shared a couple of adult beverages, and went for some nice walks.
He's the first grandkid on either side so he's quite popular among the family members. We all agree he's the best thing to happen in 2020.
Much colder than the first walk, we were well chilled afterwards. We saw plenty of locals in light jackets, but we city-folk were icicles afterwards, despite the multiple layers. The next day she felt lousy, with a very sore throat. We also found out that SIL's son's girlfriend, who stopped by for a couple hours, was later positive for Covid. Everyone at the house had been essentially quarantined (working from home) or recently tested as part of their job in healthcare or social services so we thought we'd be good to go, but maybe not. Their county is far better off than any in California, but it only takes one. We went to get her tested on NYE at my mom's old hospital, but their lab sucks and takes 4-5 days to get the results. The baby went home on the 30th, but SIL and her husband also have a 13 year old with juvenile diabetes. He's fit and healthy otherwise, but we all thought it would be best to get out of dodge just in case. So after mimosas and eggs benedict I whipped up for breakfast on New Year's morn, we packed up and headed back south.