Two swimmers got caught in an undertow yesterday and drowned at the beach around the corner from us. Although the beach has no lifeguards, there are large signs everywhere and red flags warning about the dangerous conditions; park attendants handed put brochures about the undertow.
I think this tragedy is another consequence of Covid. The beaches in our little county have been more popular than ever this summer. The two people who drowned may have come here anyway, but perhaps not. Because of Covid and travel restrictions, Canadians are unable to travel by plane anywhere and many, especially those in nearby cities living in apartments, especially since this is a much hotter than normal summer, are flocking to beaches in small towns all over. Lineups have been huge. Beaches have been forced to close their gates before noon every weekend. Tempers have flared. Local social media sites are filled with hatred towards these out of towners, calling out their speeding, urinating and defecating on the roadside (yes…), littering, bad parking, ‘ruining it’ for residents…. very un-Canadian, isn’t it? I hope the loud and ugly voices are muted once people realize little good comes from attacking, belittling or yelling at our summer visitors. I also hope our politicians continue to realize this summer can not be status quo when it comes to managing tourism.
Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden (as opposed to me, just rambling away…), invites gardeners from around the world every Monday to share a vase of flowers cut from their gardens. I put together this vase on Friday, long before ambulances raced to the beach, but I think it’s even more appropriate now. White is for cool and calm, I hope. And also for sadness.