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Keeping this Summer Safe and Fun under the Sun


What if…this summer, we could return to a little slice of home under this new normal.

We want you to enjoy your time here at Lander’s safely and responsibly.

Like many of the things we used to do without a care, spending time outside has become an anxiety inducing activity. How can we ensure that people are maintaining social distancing? Should we take our kids out earlier in the day or wait until later in the evening? Which mask is easier to breathe through when doing outdoor activities? It’s all become a bit of a headache, but one that we’re willing to do in order to keep those we love and care about, and even those we’re just meeting for the first time, safe.

Luckily, Lander’s River Trips is in the position to help you and your family have a safe, fun outing under the sun with the precautions we’ve put into place plus the following safety tips for you and your friends and family to take into consideration.

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We’ll start with the basis…how do we social distance properly outside?

For starters, it can be easy to misjudge how far we are from other people out on a trail or getting ready to get on the river. In these situations, its important to remember that six feet apart is roughly the length of two shopping carts, from handle to end-of-basket. I know, it sounds silly to gauge six feet away from someone else by the length of a shopping cart but we’ve all seen them, we’ve all pushed them, and we all know how pesky they can be. You don’t want to come into contact with someone else? Just imaging you’re pushing a shopping cart, they’re pushing a shopping cart, and you don’t want the two of them to collide. If you feel a little silly thinking about two shopping carts outside, you can gauge six feet of distance by the length of your arms, from finger tip to finger tip (the average man/woman’s arm span is about six feet from the tip of one middle finger, across to the tip of the middle finger of the other hand).

Okay, now we have a pretty good idea of how far apart six feet is. But how do we maintain six feet at all times? Chose areas that look to be less densely populated, or walk in a single file line when entering a more crowded space. In addition, you can help others socially distance as well by keeping a ‘buddy system’ in order, especially if you have younger kids. Make sure that each child in your party is assigned an adult ‘buddy’, someone they come into regular contact with and can hold hands with that person if your party is walking the grounds for any length of time. This way, your children can be sure to be socially distanced and you can have some peace of mind.

Okay, we’re socially distanced, what else can we do?

If you’re like me, you’re probably used to bringing a bottle of hand sanitizer everywhere. We highly encourage you bring some with you to Lander’s as well, one with an alcohol content of 60% or above just to be on the safe side. You’ll also want to pack some bug spray and some sun screen.

Only visit Lander’s with friends and family that you come into regular contact with. Not only will this help decrease your chances of getting sick, but it will also keep your gathering at Lander’s intimate and fun.

And, lastly, when you’re getting ready to come out on the river, make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Whether you’re going on the water or for a walk along its edge, it’s important to have the right shoes and clothing. Nothing too heavy because of the heat but nothing too loose in case it gets snagged on something while you’re in the water. And make sure you’re drinking enough water. Staying safe and healthy is important, including when you’re with your small group enjoying a close to home, safe way to be out and about in today’s climate.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

We’re blessed here at Lander’s to be a local spot for togetherness in these trying times. In order to keep it that way, we’re asking you and your loved ones to help keep our recreational areas and sports as safe as possible. We’re all responsible for weakening the curve and getting out of this healthy and safe.

River tip: Bring some snacks with you when you come out on the water! We’ve been snacking like crazy at home and having some healthy options in your pocket can keep your energy up and help make the trip more fun!