In 2019, I made a promise to myself to return to Death Valley after a 5-year absence. I was booked into a workshop with Guy Tal and Michael E. Gordon for early December 2020. Spoiler alert: we all know how that went.
Taking a chance on the new vaccine window of opportunity (and a seat sale), I booked my flight in the late summer for December 2021. It was so weird; it felt like I forgot how to plan trips. All the websites looked different, everything had changed. And there was a boatload of paperwork to fill in and tests to be booked. I was a good girl, I got my vaccines, I even got my booster. I really, really wanted to cross the border.