Set sail on the winding waterways of the California Delta
Meredith Robert, managing director of Delta Windsports, a Sherman Island-based company that rents and sells windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment, said business was booming even during the height of the pandemic.
“Due to Sherman Island County Park rules, we couldn’t offer classes for a while which was frustrating. We are not really happy to sell 20 boards for $ 500, ”she said. “But we were really busy, which was great.”
Masks were few in number in the majority of establishments visited, indoor or outdoor. It sounded like an illicit thrill in May and June; When we returned in July, the coronavirus cases in California were on the rise and it seemed more complicated. As we sipped Bloody Marys at Wimpy’s, another customer protested against possible mask warrants as he ordered scotch and soda in a pint glass. When I spoke to Ms. Walton about Mei Wah in August about her business, she wasn’t shy about sharing anti-containment and anti-vaccine opinions (it’s no good that Mei Wah has a beer garden).
An uncertain future
After a year and a half of uncertainty, the only guarantee is that things will continue to change. So when it comes to the pandemic, traveling and, yes, the Delta, maybe the best way forward is to have an ever-changing target. Because while it is a singular place in terms of beauty, character and absolute importance to the interests of California, the delta is also, like so much in the West, an indicator of the choices that people must do, as the threats of climate change escalate in the form of rising sea levels, destructive tropical storms, or rising temperatures. And the Delta, like everywhere in California, is increasingly threatened by devastating fires and appalling air quality.
Dr. Peter Moyle, professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis’ Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, has studied the delta for decades. Dr Moyle focused his research on the endangered Delta smelt and other fish in Suisun Marsh, an area that he said “most closely resembles the original delta.” He has no doubts that whatever the way forward, a major change is obvious.