Couple On A 24 Day Rafting Trip Return To Find Coronavirus Pandemic
An Oregon couple went on a nearly month-long trip rafting through the Grand Canyon almost completely unaware of how devastating the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] had become in the United States as they pretty much had 'radio silence.'
Gayle Murphy and Chris Murray, from Portland, had begun their 24-day adventure down the Colorado River on March 1 and would not learn the impact of COVID-19 in the country until they completed the journey on March 24.
They were completely unprepared for a world where nothing would be open as people took to social distancing to try to curb the spread of the virus.
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Gayle Murphy and Chris Murray, from Portland, had begun their 24-day adventure down the Colorado River on March 1
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Both would immediately be thrust back into everyday life as Murphy is a nurse who does leadership education while Murray is a social worker in a psychiatric emergency department
The group felt that they were safe as they had been in a form of quarantine while on their trip.
They all packed up and departed for home, as reality set in with the more cellphone service they received.
'I think we all had like 50 text messages,' said Murphy. 'Almost everyone was, 'The world has changed- you should be prepared'.'
Both would immediately be thrust back into everyday life as Murphy is a nurse who does leadership education while Murray is a social worker in a psychiatric emergency department.
'It sunk in that this is a big deal,' said Murray. 'I need to go back to work in an emergency department in 36 hours.'
'We will have moments where we just look at each other and say, "This is crazy!"' added Murphy.
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