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We just returned from a two-week road trip, which took us through the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. In none of those states did we encounter a mask mandate. In every state we stopped in, we found some people wearing masks in public (higher percentage in WA than any other state); and few people wearing masks indoors at the Hillsdale College function in Colorado (they were mostly elderly).
But I did come across a piece of genuine Covid madness at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, and it felt like a sucker-punch. I came across a defaced photograph from the 19th Century. And Defaced is the proper word for this photograph of a woman who died over 100 years ago. I never would have seen it, if I had not been waiting in the lobby of the visitor center for Ray to get back. They had a slide-show on an overhead monitor, and I really couldn’t believe my eyes when this one came up in the rotation.