I have discovered many new loves traveling solo.
The most affecting of them has been a love of hiking and enjoying spectacular views.
The search for these views has taken me to mountains that reach to the sky as they do in Patagonia at the southern tip of South America, and to mountains with flat, table tops that one can find in the high arctic in Northern Canada.
In these times of self-isolation, I am reminded of these trips and the importance of changing the focal length of my eyes, of allowing the muscles in my eyes to relax and focus on something in the distance.
Yes, I'm tired of looking at screens. I'm sure many of you are, as well. Too much screen time causes dry eye, eye strain, headaches, and blurry vision.
In fact, I'm typing much of this article while looking out the window at the house across the street.
On a walk along Lake Ontario this morning, I stopped and relaxed the muscles in my eyes and looked at the horizon. Lake Ontario is like an ocean. You can't see the other side. I looked as far as my eyes could see and, with much lower pollution levels in the city now, I believe I saw farther than ever.
I hope that you find a place in your environment where you can, while self-isolating, relax your eyes with a spectacular view.
To help you plan future trips with great views you might want to read Safe and Easy Hiking Destinations for Solo Travelers.
And now, a few great views from my travels.