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 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html
Estimated U.S. Influenza Burden, By Season
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
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.