Walking Through the Pandemic
150 miles across Albuquerque in the time of Corona
The high mesa stretch of Arizona Trail from the Utah border south to the rim of the Grand Canyon, an in-and-out hike of about 150 miles—that was the trip my partner and I had planned to celebrate our 25th anniversary, giving us weeks alone together backpacking in a beautiful place. As we prepared for the trip, however, the issuance of COVID-19 orders began: Stay at home, restrict all travel. Then came the closure of the AZT and Grand Canyon National Park.