In our response to COVID-19, we have altered some of our rental and hosting procedures.
- We have ceased renting individual rooms to separate groups for the foreseeable future. There is no safe way to expect these kinds of groups to share common spaces.
- We are committed to continue cleaning with anti-viral products and following industry cleaning standards/guidelines.
- It’s been strange to not interact with our guests while you’re here, but feel that maintaining distance is the best approach to our current reality. As such, we will not be making fires in the morning or swinging through to check on garbage levels. Unless something is catastrophically broken in the lodge and requires immediate attention, we will defer maintenance until our guests have checked out. If you need anything from us while you’re here, we ask that you come knock on our exterior door and we’ll be happy to help you.
- We’re requesting that no guests travel to the lodge if they are feeling unwell or have been asked to quarantine due to exposure to COVID. We’re also recommending that all guests get a COVID test prior to traveling.
- Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to alter our cancellation policy, which only offers a credit if we can resell the original dates. Should you need to cancel, it seems as though some travel insurance companies are offering “cancel for any reason” policies that might cover 50%-75% of the total cost of your trip, though they do not offer coverage for pandemics or COVID-related cancellations specifically. (It’s all in the fine print.) If you’re interested in more info on trip insurance, this article by Forbes is a good place to start. While we recommend looking into purchasing a policy, we do not specifically recommend or represent any insurer over another.
“INTEGRITY RATE”: The restorative healing that comes from time spent among the trees knows no economic boundaries. If you are among the 16 million + that have recently lost your job, please know that we’re here for you and have a rate schedule to allow ANYONE and EVERYONE to visit the lodge, no matter what your current budget is. If you can’t afford our published rates, please reach out and ask about our Integrity Rate. We’ve gotcha covered.
STAY CONNECTED: Even if we can’t host you right now, we can still connect here and on social media. Let’s remember we’re not “social” distancing as much as we’re “physically” distancing.
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Over the last 14 years, I have spent multiple 4–6 week stints at home in the woods without venturing into town. On many occasions, I have gone 6 weeks without getting in a car, going out to eat, or seeing anyone who didn’t ski 4 miles to get to my house. While I understand my experience draws from a lifestyle choice, the times that I did not go to town were due to weather/trail conditions keeping me at home, and were not completely voluntary.
If you need it, here’s what I’ve learned from my times spent at home:
Life moves slower. One begins to notice the seasons change, the days grow longer, the birds’ relationship with the trees out the windowpane. One begins to to drift from room to room, morning to evening, and day to day, in an almost dream state.
Entirely renewed patterns and relationships with housemates are born. Suddenly, there’s time to picnic on the porch, take a walk, and create art. Opportunities for beautiful discussions open up. Silly games are contrived from thin air. Simple joy abounds.
But this is not Little House on the Prairie. Sometimes I go crazy having my kids at home with me all the time. Sometimes I loose it and scream at them and make them do chores, or jumping jacks, or tell each other 3 nice things about the other person. Sometimes I hide from them in my bedroom. But they always find me. And when they do, I smile and open my arms, and we snuggle, and I take a breath. Take a breath now. Feels good, yeah?
Sometimes it’s a struggle to balance working from home with childcare, homeschooling, meal planing and cleaning. Allow yourself to fail from time to time. It’s okay- you CAN”T do it all, but at the end of the day, you’ll find that what’s most important was addressed. Laughing helps, too. (by the way, laughing at adversity is the same strategy we’re using with a teenage daughter these days, too) Laugh when you can, cry when you need to. Then laugh again. Laugh hearty laughs even when you don’t mean it. You know what laughing does? It makes you breath. mhm. Laughter is gold
And build your team up. Support each other. Offer up patience and compassion. Appreciate one another. Tell your partner you appreciate him. Every day. Tell her you’re glad she’s there with you. Tell him you love him. It doesn’t take long to do, and it’s good for both of you. It is just as valuable to remember why we appreciate someone as it is to be appreciated. Stress puts us all on edge. When things are tense, laugh a little. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at the situation. You know what else laughter does? It diffuses tense situations.
Most importantly, remember that it’s infinitely easier to apologize than it is to maintain a battle. You’re gonna be spending a lot (all!) of your time together, so apologize already. Tony and I have spent the last 9 1/2 years living and working together. We’re good at it. We’re good at laughing and appreciating each other. We’re good at building bridges in blizzards and troubleshooting exploding electrical systems. You know what we’re best at? Apologizing.
I know uncertainty leads to fear and frustration, but I hope that in short time you will come to make peace with being home, and find a certain joy and gratitude in small blessings and beauty that may have gone unnoticed until now. I hope the light of the morning sun on the windowsill catches your eye, that the bird’s song sweeps in and tickles your curiosity, and that you and your families share hearty laughs and the biggest, strongest, and most comforting hugs imaginable.
And in the darkest times, when fear or frustration overwhelm you, remember: no moment lasts. These days too, are fleeting and will one day be but a memory. I promise. May the days you spend at home in the upcoming weeks yield memories of a simpler life amidst the backdrop of chaos and uncertainty in the outside world.
With love from the woods,
I came across this patch of Pine Mat yesterday and it got me thinking. When the snow starts falling, this plant doesn’t know how long it will be covered. It bends and accepts the weight of the snowpack. It clings tight to what surrounds it and slows down to conserve resources. This shrub is powerless in determining how long it will be locked under the snowpack and quietly waits for the snow to build up, then slowly melt away. And when its leaves finally do poke through the snow and feel the sun, it is strong because it did not waste its energy fighting things it could not control, but focused its energy on protecting itself from the cold darkness. #togetherathome #stayhome #aparttogether#weatheringthestorm
This is Sunny. She is an ER nurse at a hospital in Reno and took this photo yesterday, just before the ER was inundated. Look at her eyes. She brought her own n95 mask from home; there aren’t any for the nurses at the hospital. She wore 2 masks, straps digging into her ears, for 12 hours and, other than her 30 min lunch break, didn’t even take time to drink water during her shift. She is a backcountry skier. She is a Tahoe Local. She is the one who’s going to save you when you get sick, and despite having a reservation at the lodge since December, she’s not coming. We are a community of nature lovers and thrill seekers. We all need a dependable partner in the backcountry. Sunny has our back and is showing up to work everyday. Lets have her back and stay home. Her adventure will wait, and so can yours. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and relax. It’s a good day to be home. #staythefuckhome#youradventurecanwait #coronavirus #supportournurses #stayhome