B.M., 54, a hedge fund manager in Springdale, UT

The Jailbreak

After two months sequestered at home in California, we packed up the family and drove to a rented house near Zion National Park in Utah. Here, restaurants and bars are open, but mostly empty for lack of tourists. The park itself is open, with free admission, but parking lots are at 5% of capacity.

The strangest thing so far has been to discover I’m now accustomed to avoiding crowds. When we stopped into a grocery store today, it felt unnatural to stand in a line of people not wearing masks. Wonder when it will feel normal again.

But the park itself has been beautiful. We hiked for five or so hours today, stopping to take pictures at the summit. Covid has changed a lot, but it hasn’t changed the beauty of nature.

[submitted on 5/18/2020]

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