Enter Center Stage: Summer!
Spring has come and gone, if you ask the calendar; but spring rains are lingering around Montana as we enter July. (What? July, already?!)
In Nature's playground, we've swung from cold to warm to hot, and back to cold(-ish), and will soon enough enjoy summer warmth again! Still, when you look out of any window here in Missoula, or the windows of The Shuttle while you travel around Montana, our state is boasting its spring green wardrobe!
Wildflowers abound, fawns can be seen springing about, cattle babies have blessed the ranches, and visitors have arrived to enjoy our vast outdoors!
Personally, I am loving the cooler, wet weather--it gives me hope that we may be able to avoid a difficult wildfire season (which, for the past 15-20 years, it seems, has become 'the norm'). I recall the summer of 1997, attending UM summer classes, it rained from spring until August, before I knew anything of wildfires! Maybe Mother Nature will surprise us again..?
COVID-19 and Montana:
What we know: the numbers of new cases in Montana had dropped to zero, for a short while, but are now increasing. We continue to exercise Phase 2 Reopening plans here in Montana. What you will see when you are here: restaurants, many retail stores, and most other places are open and many at almost full capacity. Changes have definitely been made in the way businesses operate, and most changes are apparent. Some local businesses even managed to launch during the pandemic, and I wish them luck in this trying time!
Social distancing continues to be important, and the great outdoors are drawing more visitors for that reason--while practicing social distancing in town, remember that when you head out of town, that same practice is equally important. Do some research on the places you plan to visit, to see what might be different, or even closed. Example: Glacier National Park--our greatest national treasure in Montana, has cancelled all Red Bus Tours and the park's free shuttle system for the remainder of the season. This will inevitably alter peoples' travel plans... As "they" say: "Know before you go!"
More details on the Phase 2 reopening plan for Montana can be found here
, or read the entire plan here (PDF file):
Phase 2 Reopening Plan
Meanwhile, MTAS will continue to practice safety standards; I will continue to wear a mask, and offer them to passengers, as well as gloves, if requested. To clarify the continued need for safety, however, I am asking that passengers consider wearing a face covering while traveling in the Shuttle. In addition, yours truly will be cleaning surfaces in and outside of the Shuttle between passenger groups... This was a practice I was already keen on before the pandemic...
I wish you well as we enter the next season
and continue to ask that you
~ Take Care! ~