We are so fortunate to live in the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon (population: about 3,000) that has largely escaped the pandemic. However, we still wear masks into and out of restaurants (but not while we are seated), at the post office, and at our stores and offices. Outside, on the trails through the forests, kayaking on the lakes, and fly fishing on the Metolius River, most people depend on the sun, the fresh air, the breeze, and social distancing to keep people safe.

Paul is one of two persons who can enter The Last Resort office and inventory storage room. Kathleen is the other person who can enter, mostly to disinfect surfaces with lysol wipes. Our aloe vera/70% alcohol disinfectant stands ready near the printer. Our HVAC system uses the most expensive filters on the market and they are changed every three months. And oh yes, if we have any symptoms of any infectious disease, including but not limited to tuberculous, the common cold, influenza, diarrheal diseases, lower respiratory diseases, COVID-19, and parasitic infections, that person is quarantined until all symptoms disappear.  And that's about it, folks.

We strongly believe that individual responsibility for maintaining a properly functioning immune system is a key factor in containing this pandemic. And on the top of our list is supplementation with Vitamin D. When we lived in Maui, where we began The Last Resort, we were tested for Vitamin D levels and we were found deficient! Yes, we swam every day but not after 10am. And I kayaked up and down our coastline, but always in the beautiful stillness of early morning. We always wore our trusty Explorer Hats from Wallaroo Hat Company. And oh yes, we used a powerful antioxidant called Bio-Astin that had a side effect of protecting our skin from sunburn damage. The point I am making is that our lifestyle choices affected our Vitamin-D levels that in turn compromised our immune systems. Unless you are a hunter-gatherer on Naked and Afraid, you should be tested for adequate Vitamin-D levels!

Paul and Kathleen Twelker
Founders and Owners, The Last Resort