Hat-tip to gabby for pointing out just how strict the NM public health order is. The order was just extended another month, to August 28. It requires out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, and (here's the kicker) self-quarantine is definite explicitly as "not leaving your residence except to seek medical care."
I was planning a 1-month work/hike retreat, but that's a little more intensely on the "work" side than I had in mind
Anyway, I've shifted gears to southern Colorado: I'll stay a week at a cabin in the Wet Mountain Valley with an awesome view of the Sangres, take 5 days BPing in the Sangres, then travel to the San Juans, spend another work week "glamping" in an RV, take a week BPing in the San Juans, then 10 more days of mostly work at a place near Crestone.
I'd have preferred to mix the work and play a little more (with lots of day hikes and 1-2 night BP trips), but this will allow for longer, more immersive BPing, so that will be cool. The biggest downside is the weather: I'm locked into my BPing weeks now, so hopefully no September blizzards. (That seem pretty unlikely in the Sangres or San Juans, but stranger things have happened. I did a big late-September trip in the N Cascades years ago, and hiked through a major blizzard.)
Anyway, anyone interested in a socially-distanced hike or meet up in these areas, let me know.
Westcliffe Sept 5-11 (Sangres BP Sept 11-16), Durango area Sept. 16-21 (San Juans BP Sept 21-28), Crestone Sept 28-Oct 6.
Sorry to hear that, but a sensible stance on their part. Good to grab a plan b
Right. I'm sure I could have fudged a little for hikes, but I'm not the kind of person to travel to another state and disregard their public health policies. NM is very concerned about their health-care infrastructure being over-whelmed, and they're doing what they need to do.
Post by swmtnbackpacker on Aug 1, 2020 13:35:24 GMT -8
Note that last I read NM can still be driven through, ... just get a drive-thru type meal before getting into a hotel room and make sure there’s a coffee maker (or chill some cold brew coffee) if needing it first thing. Drivers can leave the state the next day and obviously hit drive-thrus.
Not sure if it’s “normally“ enforced (most police dept are probably busy otherwise), but if there’s another ticket, they may ask out of staters when they arrived?, where’s the proof? etc... Considering the state and counties (always) need money.
We are cancelling our Christmas trip to the Philippines for the same reason. My wife hasn't been back there to visit her family for Christmas since 2006, and this was to be the year. 14 days quarantine in Manila, plus another 14 in the province. That's more leave time than I have from school. Plus there's not much public transport now (buses, jeepneys, tricycles)
There are no strangers in the mountains, only friends one hasn't met yet - Urich