Monday, March 23

Kona, day 2.

Self-quarantine.

After a day completely inside yesterday, we ventured out for some fresh air.  Our location is just a 5 minute walk from Hon’l beach, which is clearly a hot spot for surfers. 

Hon’l beach

We watched them do their thing, a nice diversion, then continued down Ali’I drive towards ‘downtown’.  This strip, which we vividly remembered from 10 weeks ago as very busy, heavily trafficked, and super-lively is now, unsurprisingly, eerily quiet.

surfers don’t give in

There are still restaurants and bars open, which did surprise us, but I’m sure that won’t last more than a day or two longer.  We walked through the area, still loving the ocean views and especially the amazingly clear waters.

The scuba possibilities are dwindling, of course.  Boat permits have been pulled by the state/county, so there’s no boat diving.  Some shops are still renting gear and noting good shore dive spots but, again, not sure how long that will last.

I went out to Safeway and Longs Drugs/CVS to pick up a prescription…stores and roads certainly not empty, but not busy, either.

Once back home, splitting time between catching up on correspondence, which seems a lot these days, and starting a little cello piece—that’s been a fun diversion, and an unexpected shift from the vocal music I’ve been working on.