Payson, Arizona

Payson, AZ has been a great area for us.  It had everything we needed.  Repair parts for the travel trailer, a tire store, a Walmart with toilet paper, tens of thousands of recreation acres in town, and for fifty miles in all directions.  Getting outside and working on our immune system is a big deal for us.

Shelter-in-place has been relatively easy.  We are either in the trailer, truck cab, or on a hiking trail.  The greatest Covid-19 stress point of the day is if we have to go shopping.  We wear our homemade no-sew masks, and pray for a healthy outcome.  For the most part we are on our own.  We don’t know the neighbors, we go to church on-line, and the restaurants are closed.  We will continue to shelter in place, our place just so happens to move around.

So far there has been 60,000 confirmed U.S. Covid-19 deaths in 2020.  The total estimated influenza deaths for 2019 was 61,000.  Source CDC

Estimated U.S. Influenza Burden, By Season


We did introduce ourselves to several of our nearest neighbors when we first arrived. Sadly Frank was airlifted to Phoenix, he had a stroke. Franks wife accepted prayer for a positive outcome and peace. Because of the Covid-19 guidelines, she was not allowed to be with Frank.

Mogollon Rim

Payson is just south and below the Mogollon Rim, which is pronounced “mug-ee-yun,”  Much of the land south of the Mogollon Rim lies 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level, with the 200 mile escarpment rising to about 8,000 ft . Extensive Ponderosa pine forests are found both on the slopes of the Rim and on the plateau.  This has been a wonderful place to be confined.  Thank you Covid-19.  BTW, I’m still waiting for my stimulus check.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Pine Trailhead

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. Since 1876 the mines, the workers, and those who sought its wealth formed Jerome’s history.  Now it is known as a tourist destination.   Knowing that most of its attractions would be closed, we went anyway.  Because, that’s what we do.


6 thoughts on “Payson, Arizona

  1. Hello! We were just in Payson on Sunday! We drove over from Camp Verde where we are staying (Verde Ranch RV Resort). We were with Mark’s brother and sister-in-law. Beautiful drive! We stopped at Culver’s for a sundae and then headed back again 😂 We also stopped at a beautiful creek about 4 miles out of Strawberry – definitely a hidden hideaway!❤️ We also checked out Jerome and loved walking the streets. If you get a chance, check out Watson Lake outside of Prescott. Very beautiful indeed! We have been here for a month and it’s getting hot here, so we are heading out on Saturday to Albuquerque for two days and then we are trying to find a good campground around Colorado Springs. Ultimately, we will be heading to MN to stay on our daughter’s farm to “stay-at-home”.

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    1. Island Traveler- Yes it has been relative easy doing a shelter in place here in AZ. The sad part is the stores are busy and only about 20% of the people wear face masks. We do our best to keep the 6′ distance guideline. Hang in there IT

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