Twas the Night Before…of what was supposed to be…

So…here we are: Physically in Eugene. Figuratively, in a state of sustained uncertainty. And metaphorically, wishing and hoping for better days, and a flight to somewhere…

We hope that you are all staying safe and remain well. Please take care. We all are.

The one time I wished I was wrong in my overthinking worst-case scenario ways, I sadly wasn’t: Covid-19’s spread. We made the right decision in cancelling The Global Scavenger Hunt on the last few days of February. We saw it coming, as we planned and watched what was occurring in China, Singapore and Taiwan. Up to that point, I had changed our intended 2020 route no less than 12 times. Needless to say, the impact of the virus has been unprecedented in our world of travel, to say nothing of the enormity of human suffering, and lives lost. We know that eventually that this too shall pass…

Think about this for a moment: According to TSA, last year on April 12th, 2,446,801 Americans flew; this year, just 90,510 did so—a 96% drop off! And right now, 93% of the world’s population, or 7.2 billion people, live in countries with restrictions on people arriving from other countries; 40% of the world’s borders are simply closed!

And so, here we are…

A few weeks ago, we were brainstorming what we could to do in this blog space during the weeks we were supposed to be circling the globe, on the what would have been the 16th edition of our little annual around the world travel adventure, The Global Scavenger Hunt. (And no, we will not be divulging which exotic and exciting international destinations we would have been traveling thru, or route we finally settled on! Maybe next time…) Anyway, the thought was to reach out to our former alum asking them to please describe one of their inspiring moments or special memories they had on one of our previous laps around the world. As usual, it took some nagging and reminding, but we did get enough responses; that will save us from having to actually be original, creative and informative in having to write something new each day for the next 23-days of our planned event. To those that have saved us that toil and sweat, we sincerely thank you! To those of you who repeatedly ignored our requests, or were just too damn busy sheltering in place doing nothing, maybe you will be more inspired now and chime in here and there joining the dialogue such that it is. You are most welcome to…and no hard feelings. Really. I mean that too…

And that is what we’ll be doing for three weeks (23-days) starting tomorrow: Day One. We have some photos, some videos, and we will also pull the curtain back a little bit to reveal what might have been going on behind the scenes with us and the event details we might have been dealing with…while you were out having the times of your lives. It could be interesting, we’ll see, and we’ll try our best to stay above the dreaded Mendoza line.

So, give us a chance…join in if you wish. I will post here daily, Pamela will then post to the usual branded social media outlets, and we’ll travel around the world together with memories, shits (literally) and giggles.

Cheers,

Bill –

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