Stay safe from Coronavirus … get outside

It was only a matter of time, and now the Coronavirus is here in Wyoming. On top of that, just about everything’s canceled. One thing that’s not canceled, though, is fishing.

There’s never been a better time than now to go fishing. With all the craziness surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, you certainly don’t want to be at the store. While trying to get the few essentials we actually need the other day, I had to weave through people with two and even three carts each, loading them with anything they could scrape off the shelves. I put a couple of the last cans of refried beans in my cart, and when I turned around, the lady who had taken all the other cans off the shelf helped herself to my cans of beans out of my cart.

It was at that very moment that I started wondering what the heck I was still doing in town. For one thing, all the experts recommend staying away from anywhere lots of people are gathered. That megastore certainly qualified as a gathering of too many people. And then there’s the recommendation to maintain six feet of distance from other people. There was no way to get six feet away from anyone in that store.

Besides, nothing I needed was still on the shelves. And even when I did find stuff, I ran the risk of that sticky-fingered lady stealing it out of my cart again.

But if I go fishing, I don’t have to worry about any of that. I have enough deer jerky to survive for weeks. Out on the river bank, I can be six miles from the nearest person, let alone six feet. And being that close to the water, I could wash my hands at any moment.

There are plenty of places to go fishing in Wyoming that I think we could all go and still stay far enough away from each other. We could ride out the Coronavirus pandemic and catch some fish at the same time. Do it for your health.