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

Posted by bridgegoddess @bridgegoddess, Wed, Mar 18 5:14pm

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

@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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@astaingegerdm

@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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@astaingegerdm — Thanks! I had not heard that the founder of Greyhound bus was born in Sweden. There are lots of Swedes and Norwegians here in Minnesota. I have a good time when we get together with my wife's older sister who lives about 25 miles away. Her husband is Swedish and my wife's family are all Norwegian so he is always telling me Swedish/Norwegian jokes.

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Let’s play TOP MY FANTASY.
So here I am, once again all harnessed up quivering like a…yeah like a what?

Well years ago I read about the first transcontinental “highway;” the Lincoln highway, Largely or totally unpaved, can’t remember which. The trip entailed rough dusty stretches which rain could turn into miles of sloughing. And how about coaxing a Model T over railroad tracks without benefit of any build-up remotely resembling a grade crossing?

So as I’m sitting’ here getting churned somehow the thought occurs; this is probably a little like what ridding a Model T over a “washboard” stretch of that early unpaved Lincoln highway might have felt

So if you’re one of the “Vest Set” chime in. And if you’re not, use your imagination and chime in anyway. No one’s gonna card ya. Don

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@thumperguy

Let’s play TOP MY FANTASY.
So here I am, once again all harnessed up quivering like a…yeah like a what?

Well years ago I read about the first transcontinental “highway;” the Lincoln highway, Largely or totally unpaved, can’t remember which. The trip entailed rough dusty stretches which rain could turn into miles of sloughing. And how about coaxing a Model T over railroad tracks without benefit of any build-up remotely resembling a grade crossing?

So as I’m sitting’ here getting churned somehow the thought occurs; this is probably a little like what ridding a Model T over a “washboard” stretch of that early unpaved Lincoln highway might have felt

So if you’re one of the “Vest Set” chime in. And if you’re not, use your imagination and chime in anyway. No one’s gonna card ya. Don

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Hey @thumperguy, what a great idea. I love the "top my fantasy" concept. Let's share our dreams of places to go and thrills to experience. I've merged your post with this discussion that @bridgegoddess started in the COVID-19 group.

While we might safe in place, it doesn't limit our mind's explorations and we can even use technology to explore places we've yet to travel to. I like that you've added the tactile to the visual. Yes, I've traveled on "washboard" rutted unpaved road. Not a journey one wants to make at high-speed that's for sure. You brought to mind a memory that a tour guide painted for a group of us visiting Utah when she showed us the well worn ruts of the oxen carts and covered wagons that the early settlers left when moving west. That was certainly not the luxury travel that we have come to expect today.

Where does your next fantasy or exploration of the unknown take you?

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As usual the forum is full of good ideas.

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@colleenyoung

Hey @thumperguy, what a great idea. I love the "top my fantasy" concept. Let's share our dreams of places to go and thrills to experience. I've merged your post with this discussion that @bridgegoddess started in the COVID-19 group.

While we might safe in place, it doesn't limit our mind's explorations and we can even use technology to explore places we've yet to travel to. I like that you've added the tactile to the visual. Yes, I've traveled on "washboard" rutted unpaved road. Not a journey one wants to make at high-speed that's for sure. You brought to mind a memory that a tour guide painted for a group of us visiting Utah when she showed us the well worn ruts of the oxen carts and covered wagons that the early settlers left when moving west. That was certainly not the luxury travel that we have come to expect today.

Where does your next fantasy or exploration of the unknown take you?

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Bridgegoddess. What a great idea!! Just visiting those places we’ve always wanted to explore reminded me of a wonderful Christmas gift I received when I was young. A stereopticon of sorts … I think it was called a “view master”. You looked into it and inserted slides on a wheel and turned the lever to see new and exciting pictures of other countries and cultures. The view master created a 3D image that made you feel like you were actually there. I spent many enjoyable hours looking at snow capped peaks and waterfalls as well as native Indian reservations of the northwest and meadows of tulips and sunflowers. What wonderful memories that you brought up for me. Thank you

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@sounder27

Bridgegoddess. What a great idea!! Just visiting those places we’ve always wanted to explore reminded me of a wonderful Christmas gift I received when I was young. A stereopticon of sorts … I think it was called a “view master”. You looked into it and inserted slides on a wheel and turned the lever to see new and exciting pictures of other countries and cultures. The view master created a 3D image that made you feel like you were actually there. I spent many enjoyable hours looking at snow capped peaks and waterfalls as well as native Indian reservations of the northwest and meadows of tulips and sunflowers. What wonderful memories that you brought up for me. Thank you

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@sounder27 Do you remember the old merry go round and carousel . At the park I went to we had a arcade also the view master and fishing Lots of memories

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@lioness

@sounder27 Do you remember the old merry go round and carousel . At the park I went to we had a arcade also the view master and fishing Lots of memories

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Lioness. I do indeed remember the old merry go round. It was a thrill to ride. It seemed to go so fast that my hair would blow behind me and I imagined that I was a regal princess. When I got old enough to reach out for the gold ring it was quite an act of bravery to hold onto the leather strap with one hand. When I was just a young thing my father would ride the horse with me in front of him And he would reach for the ring. What a lovely memory of my father.

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I loved (and still do) carousels, but don't remember ever seeing a ring available for grabbing.

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Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY had one on their carousel 65 years ago.

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@zep

I loved (and still do) carousels, but don't remember ever seeing a ring available for grabbing.

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Zep. My carousel was in Cresent Park and is an historical carousel. The wood carved horses were really works of art and they had real horse hair tails. They were decoratively painted with gold gilt and some in pastel colors. The horses on the outside rim went up and down on brass poles that looked braided. The music was wonderful and the center of the carousel had hand paintings of beautiful scenes like English gardens and rolling meadows. We always went in summer of course. The park was down by the shore and there was a dinner hall where they served clam cakes and fragrant delicious chowder and water melon.

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I could have said that what you described sounded just like what I experienced. Where is Crescent Park?

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I looked it up and is this the one in Rhode Island? My second choice for college was Pembroke – at the time – it was the women's part of Brown. Jane

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