I know there are many parts of the US that are in dire straits from COVID and the lack of governmental concern over it. But that’s not true of many places. In Quebec City, where a mask-wearing mandate, social distancing, and good government response allow us to go and do pretty much as we please (unless you’re a party animal I guess). And yet Chantal and I are still reluctant to range far and wide.
We’re living a hermit existence, but like everyone else we’re going nuts looking at the same walls day after day. We decided to succumb to the urge to go somewhere, anywhere, and headed to Ile d’Orleans, a large island just east of Quebec City in the Ste Lawrence River. There’s 42 miles of road that runs around the perimeter of the island and we figured we couldn’t get in too much trouble as long as we stayed in the car.
And for the most part we did stay in the car. We wandered around a park that’s sort of a mini-botanical garden on the north side of the island and we stopped at a couple of the small marinas where we walked out to look at the St. Lawrence. Most of the fruit and vegetable stands were closed and the couple places that were open we too crowded to tempt us. Because of this, I took a couple photos but sketching wasn’t practical.
At one of the marinas there was a beach with only a couple people on it so we walked around a bit, taking in the fresh air. A girl was sitting at the edge of the water, creating a wonderful scene. Here’s my sketch of her enjoying her own form of solitude.