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Some Americans Return To The Great Outdoors; A Certain Dangerous Insect Arrives On U.S. Shores; An Adventurer Rows Across the Ocean

Aired May 4, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: I'm Carl Azuz. The great outdoors is a great place to start the week here on CNN 10. It's where a lot of American's spent part of their weekend as dozens of states started loosing some restrictions on where people could go and what they could do.

This means that state parks were reopening. Some businesses unlocked their doors. Not everyone was out to soak up the spring air or take a hike. In states like California where strict stay-at-home orders are still in place, protesters turned out to pressure the state government to relax its rules.

That's set to happen Monday in some countries of northern California with restaurants and shopping malls reopening but it's not statewide.

Restrictions will ease up in dozens of other states and counties this week and this is happening in different parts of Spain as well. It's recorded the most coronavirus cases in Europe, though not the highest number of deaths. But with the number of deaths decreasing there, along with the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 adults have been allowed to exercise outside again and some small businesses are reopening their doors.

The debate rages on about how fast should be allowed to return to normal. Some U.S. health officials say the closures and restrictions are saving lives and keeping hospitals from being overwhelmed. Some demonstrators say the rules are infringing on freedom and causing unnecessary damage to economies. So the portrait of America is anything but uniform. It has a different look depending on where you're looking.


ALISON KOSIK, CNN JOURNALIST: Sunny spring weather along the east coast brought out spectators in droves Saturday to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds conduct formation flights in Washington, Baltimore and Atlanta. Saluting medical workers and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

Crowds gathered at the National Mall defying requests from officials to stay at home to watch the flyover. Sidewalks were packed. Many wearing no masks and taking no distancing precautions. Others appeared to be following recommended safety guidelines. At Prince George's Hospital in Cheverly,

Maryland medical staff gathered outside to enjoy the moment of honor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our staff have been working tirelessly to -- to treat the community and to see the level of response and appreciation and let them have a chance to, kind of, let their hair down for a second and really take it all in.

KOSIK: While Georgia, one of the first in the country to begin lifting stay-at-home orders allowing barbershops, malls and other businesses to reopen. Scores of people flocked to local parks to view the flyover. Many had no masks and were in close proximity.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says cases are climbing fast with almost 29,000 cases being reported, the highest number yet. New Yorkers went to Central Park to enjoy the beautiful day. Parks have remained open during the states pause order and city and state officials said they were bracing for crowds. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN --

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO (D), NEW YORK CITY: We expected this and prepared for this. NYPD is out in force. I saw the enforcement numbers from and hour or so ago and they looked actually quite good. That the vast majority of people got the message.

KOSIK: The New York City Parks Department told CNN in this statement Saturday that while there was a volume of visitors in Central Park and in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, most were in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Governor Andrew Cuomo reported New York is still averaging at least 900 new cases a day. Alison Kosik, CNN, New York.


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these insects would you find in the family vespidae? Hornet, honey bee, firefly or mantis. Vespidae includes insects like yellow jackets and hornets.

Next up Asian Giant Murder Hornets, sounds like an old school horror movie but these insects are real and for the first time they've been spotted in the United States. Asian giants are the world's largest hornets. They can kill a person with multiple stings, that's why they're known as "murder hornets".

But they're a bigger threat to bees as a few hornets can take out a beehive in a matter of hours. Beekeepers in Washington State say they've seen piles of dead bees. Scientists don't know how Asian hornets got to Washington. Sometimes they hitch a ride on international cargo. Sometimes humans intentionally bring them to other places. Officials in Washington say if you see a giant hornet, call the State Department of Agriculture and don't try to kill it yourself.

From the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean island nation of Barbados there are about 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean. In 2011, Sonya Baumstein decided she'd row it. She hasn't been as successful with every expedition but nothing can sink her passion.


SONYA BAUMSTEIN, EXPEDITION ATHLETE: Ocean rowing is the crossing of any ocean under self-power. At this point and time, many more people have climbed Everest than have actually rowed the ocean. I think 500 people have rowed an ocean successfully.

It's a hard thing to say that somebody can just throw themselves into it and accomplish a full ocean row safely. But anything is possible. My name is Sonya Baumstein. I am a professional adventurer and I'm also the owner of a company called Spindrift Rowing and we produce expedition ocean craft.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Were you on this type of boat for your solo crossing?


BAUMSTEIN: I've spent three years of my life 6,000 miles of open water. It's three seasons on the water in this -- this boat. This carried 180 days worth of food for me and I still had room in the aff (ph) cabin.

I started preparing for Expedition Pacific, which was to be my solo crossing of the north Pacific from Japan to San Francisco. It's a really difficult thing to prepare for. Do I know where I am? Do I have enough food? Do I have enough water? How far away could a rescue be? I love it because of the emotional rollercoaster.

Getting through the initial depression of being alone is the really hard part. The schedule is the hardest part of anything is committing to what that's going to be and not thinking too far ahead. So to be very present is a very difficult thing I think for anyone.

Typically I use music as a reward. I'll do two hours a day where I listen to music the entire day and you kind of look forward to that but there's so much to do on a boat constantly without even thinking about I want to listen to music. It's -- it's only about surviving.

At the time I was making my personal boat I got contacted by other people because there was no one else in the U.S., Canada, South America, Central America that have production mold is what their called or the ability to make multiples of the same boat.

Given that I have this opportunity, I decided to open a company at the exact same time. I think we're making one of the lightest boats on the market. Our hull when it comes off weighs less than 200 pounds which is a really, really light boat.

Just think about being able to pick this up with three people. Solar panels have changed everything too. You had a certain amount of fixed power that was back up power. Having the ability to pump your own water anywhere is a pretty crazy thing too that people don't think about.

This is my onboard water maker. It takes saltwater and turns it into freshwater. This is a hand-held GPS if for any reason all my systems are gone I can use this. The increase in speed that's coming from boats is very much dependent on having a carbon vessel.

They're just going to be the lightest. I think of the scope of adventuring is constantly changing and it's shifting with our available resources and to say that there's one way to do an adventure is never going to be correct. You can have this endurance experience. You can have this connection with the environment. You can do this massive thing in your life.


AZUZ: After starting with coronavirus and "murder hornets", we'd thought we'd end today's show on something silly. A series of silly walks for instance. A family in California designated part of the sidewalk outside their home as a silly walking zone.

It orders people to immediately start working silly and passersby have taken it "silliestly". Their walks are recorded on a security camera and shared on social media. There are people like me who can talk a silly talk but it's a true feat of two feet to walk a silly walk.

The view from their window is like a "trip parade" and it could take a "stroll" on people. I mean, right out of the "gate" the change of pace can make them "paranbulate" if they don't take it all in stride.

I could "amble" on about this all day then we'd miss the chance to announce Franklin High School who are watching from Portland, Oregon in commenting on our YouTube channel. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10. May the "4th" be with you.