Zachary’s Notes June 7th, 2020
I love the things I have accomplished during quarantine,
Long overdue projects like finally painting our shed and building a new door to our cellar. I am now converting the cellar into my private home brewery for my cider, and experimenting with a mushroom/lettuce grow room, as the temperatures and conditions are perfect!
I am also knee deep into planting my Victory Garden for 2020. Currently I am building a 2×2 potato box that will rise 4 ft. high.
Supposedly I can get 100 pounds of potatoes from this, I’m already to the third plank…we will see how it goes…
I even hung a cucumber on a pulley up the pine tree!
Regardless of all my accomplishments, I have been getting extremely stir crazy, as I am sure most of you have too.
As many of you know, I was selected to give a TEDx Talk on August 22nd at the Peery Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT called “Using Ancient Technologies to Terraform the Earth, First.” The concept is about how we tackle climate change profitably, and how to make our deserts bloom without robbing freshwater resources from our neighboring regions.
I needed a little peace and quiet to clear my thoughts. So, I used the fact that I have to turn in the official outline of the speech on Monday June 8th, as a good excuse to take my first holiday away from my house since lockdown. As travel is still restricted, and the shrinking saline lakes of the American West are so heavily centered in my environmental restoration plan, my family and I decided to camp out on Antelope Island.
This gorgeous island is in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, which is the main body of water my TEDx plan is proposing how to restore holistically. You can reach this island via a man-made causeway, like the roads and bridges that allow you to drive to Key West, Florida.
There was some anxiety in leaving for our first holiday away from home during COVID-19, but there was easily 50 to 100 yards between camp sites, and it was just wonderful to finally get away again. The views of the island and beaches were incredible, and the glassy water was amazing to camp near and swim in.
So very inspiring…if only it were not for all the biting flies that I had forgotten come out this time of year…Next time, I will bring an RV, and/or screened enclosure! Look at my legs, LOL!
Upcoming Domestic Tours, and our COVID-19 prevention precautions.
For those of you who are dreaming of getting away as well, we are working around the clock to find the safest domestic experiences for those who wish to travel but not go too far from home.
Within the next few days, we will launch our Idaho Mountain Gay Getaway scheduled for September 9 to 15, 2020. Stay tuned to our website or let us know if you would like the latest details. This brand-new tour will include biking, hiking, and river floating. You can also enjoy your time relaxing at your cabin while taking in the river view or soaking in the hot tub. We have chosen this property due to its extreme isolation and ability to accommodate a group, while respecting the needs of those trying to socially distance. This is among the fastest we have ever brought a new tour to market, and Trisha and I will be personally present making sure everything goes right. Call for more information: 305-294-8174
For our upcoming August launches on the Splash! Gay Grand Canyon Rafting Tour, our 36-foot rafts now have restricted capacity. At this point, our August 12 launch is wait list only, and our August 30 launch has only 4 spots left. Each day our outfitter screens their employees by taking their temperature and asking questions to ensure they do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
If you are part of our HE Travel Grand Canyon tour, shortly before arrival in Las Vegas we will send you a questionnaire to help determine any individual’s risk to the group. Upon arrival, you will be asked more questions, and have your temperature taken. Anyone with confirmed symptoms that prevent you from initiating your trip with us will receive a full credit so you can complete your trip at a future date of your choosing.
We plan to resume domestic tours in August with our Grand Canyon and Salmon River rafting trips, then we hope to run international tours starting in September. Before each tour we will send information about the steps we and our partners are taking to minimize transmission risk in the locations we will visit. We will also notify you as to what additional steps you need to take to prepare for the tour, such as filling out a health questionnaire. We are confident these will help us ensure a healthy group that can experience the joys of exploring a new place.
For currently available tours, check out our tour calendar!
I hope to see you on tour (when you are ready of course!)
Keep calm and carry on.
P.s. Check out my notes from last month!