Couple Returns From 24 Day Camping Trip To… the World Now
It's a little bit like the plot of 28 Days Later. Except for this story, it's not as bad as what took over in that movie, and it was 24 days instead of 28. But still, imagine heading out on a rafting trip, with no contact with other people. Including no cell phone or Internet.
That's what happened to Gayle Murphy and Chris Murray. They took a 24-day trip down the Colorado River with radio silence. No news updates whatsoever. So once they were done with the trip, it was time to check their phones for the first time since February 29th.
Here is how their experience was described over at KGW.com.
On March 24, Murphy, Murray and their fellow adventurers were paddling toward the end of their journey when a woman from the rafting company waved anxiously from the shore.
She explained she had an important message for everyone.
“I have to read this to you. The world is different now,” Murray recalled.
“As she read this, we all just stopped and were looking at each other,” explained Murphy.
The woman described hand washing policies and how people needed to distance themselves from one another -- a difficult concept for a tight-knit group that had worked hand-in-hand to help coordinate campsites, meals and safe passage through river rapids.
The rafters figured they were probably safe since they’d essentially been quarantined for almost a month on the river.
They packed up the rafts and loaded up vans.
Murphy and Murray said reality didn’t set in until the group drove out. They picked up cell service roughly an hour-and-a-half into the drive. Their cellphones exploded with text messages from concerned friends and family.
“I think we all had like 50 text messages,” said Murphy. “Almost everyone was, ‘The world has changed- you should be prepared'.”
They were both really about to get thrown to the wolves in the new reality as they both work in health care.