The Mayor Gets Real About Quarantine, Festivals & Travel

I try to create the illusion of being happy-go-lucky, but the truth is, I am a little pessimistic. That being said, this hasn’t been an easy quarantine/safe-at-home/safer-at-home/prison or whatever we are calling it these days.

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My life had already changed drastically due to intense migraines and now I am not traveling anywhere, not even to the local bar. Let’s just say that I haven’t been a super happy camper (just ask Ryan).

I haven’t written much at even though I have places to write about.  I need to tell you how awesome Snowmass is during the summer and about how seeing Ouray County by horseback is the way to go. However, I haven’t written about those things.

The Heidi Guide for Mountain Living is on pause, and my gigs at the Life Magazines (Colorado, Nebraska, Utah) are a bit different but still exist. I am not sure what this summer holds for the Colorado festival scene; no one does but there have been a lot of cancelations. Life in HeidiTown has been a bit odd and I’m not good at “rolling with the punches,” but there’s no other option.

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The wide open road.

A couple of things have kept me going on a daily basis. My husband is my rock. He has remained relatively optimistic through filling out PPP forms, among others for our business, Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. We are opposites in the best ways and the same in the best ways. 

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Secondly, I have been active on HeidiTown’s social media pages. In fact, I have a lot of fun there and it’s been a touchstone with the world.

If you haven’t followed along, I am at @HeidiTown on Twitter, @HeidiTown.comOnFB on Facebook, and @theMayorofHeidiTown on Instagram.

This virus has shut down travel and, therefore, nearly shut down the industry I love. On social media, HeidiTown has been highlighting ways to help many of my favorite small, Colorado towns through their auctions and other campaigns. 

This week, which is National Travel & Tourism Week, HeidiTown on social media has been highlighting the towns along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. This was prompted by the fact that I was supposed to be in Ouray this week to be a presenter at the Colorado Byways 2020 Symposium. Along with most things in May, it was canceled.

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Ouray, Colorado from the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway.

The last thing getting me through this pandemic are my pets. It’s not all rainbows, after all, Fritzi the German Shepherd is a puppy. She’s 10-months-old and still a handful but also a lot of entertainment (and cuddles). Plus, walking her feels normal. I don’t know about your dog, but ours gets a lot of walks during this ordeal. 

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Fritzi, the GSD.

Our cat also provides some sort of normality as he likes to lay on me in bed and beg for treats when I get up in the morning. Of course, there is no doubt that I am not his favorite human, that honor belongs to Ryan, but his presence in the house makes all of this weirdness more tolerable. 

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The cat & dog.

So there you have it. I have finally published something on I apologize for the radio silence, but it turns out quarantine makes me cranky and crankiness does not make for great blog posts. 

Hopefully, I can get new posts written and will start to move in a positive direction. I can’t wait to start moving, as in, moving around the state and beyond! 

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