How quickly things can change
As I ended my last blog post it was late February, and I was on my way to Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to gather with friends. At that time, life still seemed pretty normal. Kofa was beautiful, plants were blooming, and it was wonderful to see everyone.
View higher resolution photos in Kofa Flickr Album
Now Kofa seems like eons ago. From there I returned to Tucson. That was the first week of March, and concerns were beginning to grow around COVID-19. I had tickets for 3 nights at the Banff Mountain Film World Tour. At that time, I believe there were only a couple cases in Arizona, so I decided to go ahead and attend. I also wanted to attend the Tucson Festival of Books the following weekend. So I hung around, doing some hiking in Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park West.
That week the infection rate really started to escalate with mass cancellations of events and large gatherings. Social distancing, business closures and other unprecedented measures were instituted. How quickly our world was turned upside down; so many are suffering, healthwise and economically. I was uncertain whether I should move to an RV park or continue to disperse camp as I normally do. After pondering on this, I decided to continue to disperse camp for now. I feel like I have less exposure this way rather than being in a park.
I hope all of you are safe and my thoughts and prayers are with you as we go through this crisis. While we will see great tragedy from this pandemic, hopefully with everyone’s efforts to follow the CDC guidelines, we will get through it soon.