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    • Thanks! Unfortunately, I cannot do that much now, although coming up soon I’ll be back out where there are few people. These are from a trip I had taken in March working on projects in Death Valley and the Owens Valley. When I got home the quarantine started….

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      • This coronavirus does keep us limited as far as trips longer than a day. I’m in TO and wonder when we will be able to hit Death Valley without having to stay in a motel and be worried about infection. So, I am trying to figure out little jaunts that I can do on my own.

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      • Actually, a couple of weeks ago, I left super early in the morning and drive out beyond Barstow for the day. I had to. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I’m constantly traveling. But the virus is not something to mess with. So I packed up food for the day, masks, gloves and headed out. I talked to no one, interacted with no one. I just wanted to be alone in the desert for a day so I could take photographs and find my center again. Fourteen hours later I was back at home and feeling much better. Sometimes just a day trip is all you need…

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      • Yes, the desert and open spaces always do it. I like to go with someone, even if I don’t talk a lot, just for safety. My FIL broke his ankle out doing photography and he and his buddy had separated. No walkie-talkie, no cell phone. Luckily his friend found him and brought him safely home.

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      • Oh, wow! Yes, it’s better to have someone with you. However, 90% of the time I completely alone. I have to be, or I cannot work. But I never stray far from main roads or my car, I’m fully equipped with supplies and a satellite phone, etc. But there are times when I need to go to remote areas that I can’t or won’t without someone with me. Thankfully I have friends who will journey with me.

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      • I think you are smart, especially with the sat phone. Cell phones are good when good, and not so good without the towers! I’m glad to hear you have friends who will go with you, too. Sadly, most of my photo buddies have gotten a bit too frail, though one is still quite hale – just hard to connect as he still works. I find most art work – photography, painting, etc., – are often best done on a solitary level, though doing crafts with others can be a lot of fun.

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      • I have to be alone. I can drive other people crazy if they are with me because I can easily spend an hour examining one small area. The people I do go with don’t mind that. Otherwise if I’m with people I work quickly. If I’m with a lot of people I act like I’m alone and put my earbuds in and do my thing. I’m extremely cautious and I’m always very aware of my surroundings. If it feels “off”, I leave. I’ve had encounters with unsavory individuals and I don’t put up with it. No one dares mess with me. It won’t go well for them…

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      • I am glad to hear you stay safe! Instincts are there for a reason. I always say I am a bad student in art classes because I always look at others’ work and find it hard to focus on my own. I’ve learned to focus more, but it is always so interesting to see what others are doing. This is one reason why I like to go with one person at most because I can focus. Ah, well!

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