Virtual Tours: My plans to lessen the stress of quarantine. Yours?

Posted by bridgegoddess @bridgegoddess, Mar 18, 2020

Hi I am 81 and have a decent diagnosis of PMR and I am currently on a very high dosage of Prednisone I have a very old degree in Pharmacy , and I am very grateful that my memory is still quite good I do know stress is a function that involves our adrenal glands. I know with the current dosage of Prednisone, I do not want to add any additional impact on my adrenal glands So I needed a plan to deal width the issues of social isolation.
Here is the start of my daily routine:

  • Spend some time just seating in my garden on any warmish day . That is a special escape for me , I can sit in a chair and clean one pot at a day Or Not!
  • Phone a minimum of two friends a day
  • Because as a group we are blessed to know how to use the Internet, I am going to visit one place a day One popped instantly to my mind was Switzerland I am not sure why, but I have driven through there twice I know it us stunning beautiful I will revisit the places I saw and see what I missed. So it is an expensive country to visit , but I will have a free trip.

Tomorrow, I will visit Bali ,which was always on my List , but never got there . I can amuse myself for weeks learning new things and enjoying the trip
I will connect with my family in Denmark in a daily basis , even some I have never met , but know through my DNA testing on Ancestry

I want to hear any new suggestions any one has for not feeling isolated, but in fact knowing that we are doing the best thing possible for all of us to avoid exposure

Excellent post, Bridgegoddess. I want to hop over to the facebook site and look for the Paradise of Flowers. Thank you for sharing it. Cyber bouquets to all!

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@johnbishop

So, anyone up for a virtual road trip in Minnesota? I've always thought my little town of Mantorville had the best chocolate shoppe around so was surprised to see that it was not listed in this virtual road trip.

The Sweetest Road Trip in Minnesota Takes You To 6 Old School Chocolate Shops
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/chocolate-shop-road-trip-mn/

I'm still liking our own Chocolate Shoppe but then I've taste tested most everything 🙂 https://chocolateshoppe.co/

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Oh yum So tempting At least there are no calories in looking I have found third cousins via DNA testing I managed to find their phone numbers and phoned them So when this is over , I May make a cousin request to send out
Chocolate If you hear that they take orders online I am all in Thanks for this nice trip

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Hey @bridgegoddess, where have you been travelling, virtually these days?

As spring is approaching (slowly up here in the north), I'm starting to dream about getting into my garden. So, I've been visiting lovely gardens tours.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/features/hidcote-virtual-tours
https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/g31746949/gardens-you-can-virtually-tour/

Who else have been exploring virtual tours?

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When things start getting back to normal I plan to make a 4 hour drive to Hibbing, Minnesota which is the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Company. They have a Greyhound Bus Museum there and Greyhound Buses have always held a place in my heart. When I was a kid we would sit on the curb near our house and throw pebbles at Greyhound buses to see if we could hit the hubcaps. That is until we were told don't do that by a very nice policeman. Then fast forward to 1965 when I was being transferred from one ship in San Francisco to Long Beach. I got on the Greyhound Bus in Sacramento, California after a long weekend with a Navy buddy at his parents house and headed to visit my parents in San Bernardino, CA. I had the window seat towards the front of the bus and another man was sitting next to me. I fell asleep and when I woke up there was a gorgeous young lady sitting next to me. We struck up a conversation and the next thing I knew I purposely missed my bus transfer in Bakersfield, CA so that I could keep talking to her until she changed buses in Los Angeles. We exchanged mailing addresses and six months later were married.

The Unique Minnesota Museum That Just Might Be Haunted – https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/unique-museum-haunted-mn/

Greyhound Bus Museum website – https://www.greyhoundbusmuseum.org/

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Awwww, John, you are one romantic fellow!

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@johnbishop

When things start getting back to normal I plan to make a 4 hour drive to Hibbing, Minnesota which is the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Company. They have a Greyhound Bus Museum there and Greyhound Buses have always held a place in my heart. When I was a kid we would sit on the curb near our house and throw pebbles at Greyhound buses to see if we could hit the hubcaps. That is until we were told don't do that by a very nice policeman. Then fast forward to 1965 when I was being transferred from one ship in San Francisco to Long Beach. I got on the Greyhound Bus in Sacramento, California after a long weekend with a Navy buddy at his parents house and headed to visit my parents in San Bernardino, CA. I had the window seat towards the front of the bus and another man was sitting next to me. I fell asleep and when I woke up there was a gorgeous young lady sitting next to me. We struck up a conversation and the next thing I knew I purposely missed my bus transfer in Bakersfield, CA so that I could keep talking to her until she changed buses in Los Angeles. We exchanged mailing addresses and six months later were married.

The Unique Minnesota Museum That Just Might Be Haunted – https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/unique-museum-haunted-mn/

Greyhound Bus Museum website – https://www.greyhoundbusmuseum.org/

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John, thanks for the story. I love stories like that.

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@johnbishop

When things start getting back to normal I plan to make a 4 hour drive to Hibbing, Minnesota which is the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Company. They have a Greyhound Bus Museum there and Greyhound Buses have always held a place in my heart. When I was a kid we would sit on the curb near our house and throw pebbles at Greyhound buses to see if we could hit the hubcaps. That is until we were told don't do that by a very nice policeman. Then fast forward to 1965 when I was being transferred from one ship in San Francisco to Long Beach. I got on the Greyhound Bus in Sacramento, California after a long weekend with a Navy buddy at his parents house and headed to visit my parents in San Bernardino, CA. I had the window seat towards the front of the bus and another man was sitting next to me. I fell asleep and when I woke up there was a gorgeous young lady sitting next to me. We struck up a conversation and the next thing I knew I purposely missed my bus transfer in Bakersfield, CA so that I could keep talking to her until she changed buses in Los Angeles. We exchanged mailing addresses and six months later were married.

The Unique Minnesota Museum That Just Might Be Haunted – https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/unique-museum-haunted-mn/

Greyhound Bus Museum website – https://www.greyhoundbusmuseum.org/

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@john, I've heard of strangers on buses and trains sharing their deepest dark secrets but who woudda' thought a ride on a Greyhound could lead to your finding the love of your life???? Love this story!! When does the next Greyhound arrive? I'm buyin' tickets 'cause you never know!!!! It Could still happen, yes??????

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@johnbishop

When things start getting back to normal I plan to make a 4 hour drive to Hibbing, Minnesota which is the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Company. They have a Greyhound Bus Museum there and Greyhound Buses have always held a place in my heart. When I was a kid we would sit on the curb near our house and throw pebbles at Greyhound buses to see if we could hit the hubcaps. That is until we were told don't do that by a very nice policeman. Then fast forward to 1965 when I was being transferred from one ship in San Francisco to Long Beach. I got on the Greyhound Bus in Sacramento, California after a long weekend with a Navy buddy at his parents house and headed to visit my parents in San Bernardino, CA. I had the window seat towards the front of the bus and another man was sitting next to me. I fell asleep and when I woke up there was a gorgeous young lady sitting next to me. We struck up a conversation and the next thing I knew I purposely missed my bus transfer in Bakersfield, CA so that I could keep talking to her until she changed buses in Los Angeles. We exchanged mailing addresses and six months later were married.

The Unique Minnesota Museum That Just Might Be Haunted – https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/unique-museum-haunted-mn/

Greyhound Bus Museum website – https://www.greyhoundbusmuseum.org/

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@johnbishop You could make a real road trip out of it and visit the nearby city of Virginia Minnesota, where the local arts league has cataloged over a dozen murals around the city, and provides a brochure explaining them, a nice short walking tour. A visit to Canelake's Candy right on the main street is a must – they make some delicious "hot air" and some great sugar-free candies. Add a final stop at Koshar's Sausage Kitchen in nearby Gilbert to fill your freezer with delicious homemade sausage, and stock up on their variety of homemade jerky…
If you wanted to do a weekend, you could then veer north to Ely, gateway to the Boundary Waters, and visit the Bear Center and the Wolf Center.
We make all or parts of that trip every summer and fall, often with our kids, and with detours to even smaller towns to visit Jerry's family.
Sue

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That sounds like a wonderful trip!

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@johnbishop

When things start getting back to normal I plan to make a 4 hour drive to Hibbing, Minnesota which is the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Company. They have a Greyhound Bus Museum there and Greyhound Buses have always held a place in my heart. When I was a kid we would sit on the curb near our house and throw pebbles at Greyhound buses to see if we could hit the hubcaps. That is until we were told don't do that by a very nice policeman. Then fast forward to 1965 when I was being transferred from one ship in San Francisco to Long Beach. I got on the Greyhound Bus in Sacramento, California after a long weekend with a Navy buddy at his parents house and headed to visit my parents in San Bernardino, CA. I had the window seat towards the front of the bus and another man was sitting next to me. I fell asleep and when I woke up there was a gorgeous young lady sitting next to me. We struck up a conversation and the next thing I knew I purposely missed my bus transfer in Bakersfield, CA so that I could keep talking to her until she changed buses in Los Angeles. We exchanged mailing addresses and six months later were married.

The Unique Minnesota Museum That Just Might Be Haunted – https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/minnesota/unique-museum-haunted-mn/

Greyhound Bus Museum website – https://www.greyhoundbusmuseum.org/

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@johnbishop – Being from the small country Sweden I am always proud of Swedes doing great things. The founder of the Greyhound bus company was born in Sweden- Eric Whitman. I recently read an article about Swedish immigrants making success here in the US so it’s fresh in my memory.

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop You could make a real road trip out of it and visit the nearby city of Virginia Minnesota, where the local arts league has cataloged over a dozen murals around the city, and provides a brochure explaining them, a nice short walking tour. A visit to Canelake's Candy right on the main street is a must – they make some delicious "hot air" and some great sugar-free candies. Add a final stop at Koshar's Sausage Kitchen in nearby Gilbert to fill your freezer with delicious homemade sausage, and stock up on their variety of homemade jerky…
If you wanted to do a weekend, you could then veer north to Ely, gateway to the Boundary Waters, and visit the Bear Center and the Wolf Center.
We make all or parts of that trip every summer and fall, often with our kids, and with detours to even smaller towns to visit Jerry's family.
Sue

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@sueinmn that sounds like a great idea for a road trip!

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@fiesty76

@john, I've heard of strangers on buses and trains sharing their deepest dark secrets but who woudda' thought a ride on a Greyhound could lead to your finding the love of your life???? Love this story!! When does the next Greyhound arrive? I'm buyin' tickets 'cause you never know!!!! It Could still happen, yes??????

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@fiesty76 Certainly not me, I am so happy that to this day my bride still has a poor sense of smell. 🙂 Fortunately for me I have changed my ways.

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