Take a day off and stave off the COVID blues

Barring the occasional rainstorm, the days are getting really, really nice again. Before it gets too hot, take advantage of the nice weather if you can.

Not everyone’s back to work yet, but between the protests and the COVID-19 hassles, we could all use a day or two where we can think about something other than all the junk going on in the world.

If you’re working, see if you can take a couple of days off. I’d like to say we’re past the snowstorms, though that one earlier in the month kind of took me by surprise. There still may be a few more of those in the high country, but for the most part, I think we’re pretty safe.

This is a great time to get out to the hills to do some fishing, hiking, or camping. The nights are still pretty chilly, but you can warm up by a campfire. Most areas are still sitting at low or moderate fire danger, and a cool night around a fire is a great way to end a day of hiking or fishing.

A lot of people who are working right now might have trouble getting a day off. Businesses that are open are pretty busy. The boss might be a little reluctant to be a person down right now. However, if you’re feeling even the slightest bit sniffly or sneezy, nobody wants you at work. I’m not encouraging you to call in sick if you’re not really sick, but if you are feeling a little under the weather, a day or two spent in the high country will get you back in top shape.

Don’t waste this wonderful weather. If you’re a trout angler, this is one of the best times of year to go fishing. The water is still cool in the mornings, so you’ll get a lot of good action before the day heats up too much. When it does get hot, you can hike through the trees or just lounge around in camp, and then cool down again in the evening when the sun goes down.

Get out and get some fresh air. It’s good for both your physical and your mental health.