CLIFTON – During the COVID-19 pandemic, the warming weather can definitely be a good distraction.
On Sunday, dozens explored Clifton’s Chick Hill, some with their families and some with their pets, all to escape their cabin fever.
“I think it’s very important, I mean I’m getting sick of the routine, sick of staying inside doing homework. It’s nice to get a breath of fresh air,” Jazmine Boulier, a Hermon resident, said.
“It’s good that we get to get a break from online and not have to stare at a computer all day,” her brother, Mason Boulier said.
For two Bangor High School students, Anna MacDonald and Cooper Khoury, just taking a walk helped lighten up a tough situation.
“It’s something different to do, getting away from the family, get away from your brother and sister you may be fighting with. It’s just a new experience,” MacDonald said.
“Being able to hike and bringing our dogs makes it easier for us and with the weather starting to become nicer it helps us to be able to go outside and do things outside as well,” Khoury said.
But unanimously, they all said that in the back of their minds, they were careful to maintain a healthy distance themselves and other hikers.
“We honor the social distancing rule but just saying hi to strangers coming up and down the hill was nice. It was nice to see smiles on people’s faces,” Jacques Boulier, another hiker, said.