This morning's sunrise. it started out cloudy but turned into a beautiful day before lunch
I made a quick trip to the Walmart in Parker because I only had a month's worth of my over-the-counter allergy nose spray, and seeing as how it's been Springtime in the desert for a while my allergies are really acting up. Normally when they start to give me this much trouble I would move but randomly moving doesn't look like it's in the cards this Spring.
The Walmart was interesting because I've never seen a Walmart before that had empty or partially empty shelves. The 1 gallon drinking water shelves were about half empty and there were warning signs rationing them to 1 gallon per person. There was some toilet paper, but very little, and it was also rationed. In fact I think it would be safe to say that all of the paper products were either out or being rationed, at least the stuff that I saw. A lot of the refrigerated items such as meats and cheese were there just not very many, and not as much of a selection.
Once I left the Grocery area Walmart looked perfectly normal. There was a normal amount of stuff and the shelves were full. There was plenty of my nose spray so I bought a six month supply, and all the other medicines had full shelves. So overall the only things in Walmart that I could tell were a problem was paper products and the 1 gallon plastic containers of drinking water, and since this is a desert its not surprising people would want to get all the drinking water they could.
I didn't see anyone wearing a face mask, but I did see one customer wearing gloves. And the employees that were stocking shelves, or running the cash registers all looked and acted normal, no gloves, no face masks, perfectly normal. Now there are no cases of the sickness in this county but the California border is only about 4 miles from Parker so I would worry about the possibility of California problems bleeding over into surrounding areas, but that's just me because like I've mentioned before I've seen what some people will do when a hurricane destroys civil order for a few weeks.
Fortunately being a loaner, and a boondocker, things haven't changed for me a great deal. I don't shop as often as I normally do and I'm staying away from people even more than I usually would but other than that the biggest change in my life is worrying about my family, I seldom worry about anything so I'm not used to feeling like this.... And I don't like it, I don't like it one bit.
if you gotta camp in a tent at least this one is big and has a bathroom out back