2020 showed so much promise for travel and adventure and then, like everyone else on the planet, our plans were derailed by COVID-19. As one neighbor put it, “our wings have been clipped.” And while we wait out the stay-at-home orders and nationwide closures, we are dreaming of our next road trip.
After leaving Austin earlier than planned on March 18 we headed towards home via Waco, Midland, TX, and Las Cruces, NM.
It was a much faster trip coming home…about five days. On the way back to Arizona we witnessed increasing shutdowns of rest areas, stores, and restaurants. Empty grocery store shelves caused even greater discombobulation. Every day brought a scary new reality. Many of those new realities seem to be sticking around for awhile.
For the last month we’ve been glad to be off the road and in the safety of our little townhome in Prescott, AZ. It’s not a bad place to be if you have to be grounded! Throughout April we’ve stayed very close to home, venturing out just to go to the grocery store or to get exercise. We can hike the trails right from the house, and we enjoy some of the country’s best mountain bike trails.
Our little community has grown closer during this time. Ever since stay-at-home order was issued, we have been gathering (with appropriate social distance) in the parking lot at 4:00 p.m every day for happy hour. It’s BYOB and chair and it only lasts an hour but it’s a been a great way to stay connected and support one another. We’ve even celebrated birthdays while following the recommended guidelines for safety! It’s been a great time to be in Prescott with beautiful weather and lots of outside time.Later this week I’m headed in to have surgery on my foot in hopes that four years of pain while hiking and walking will be addressed. Now that elective surgeries are being done in Arizona, I jumped on the opportunity to get my issues addressed while we are grounded at home. I plan to do a few blog posts here to report on this next adventure.
Here’s hoping you and yours are healthy and safe!