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A COVID-19 Odyssey

From Colorado to New Jersey and back again during the pandemic


Lori Highfill

Empty seats on the flight that Lori Highfill took from Denver to New Jersey on March 14. Highfill said the flight was only one-third full.

When longtime Gunbarrel resident Lori Highfill left Colorado on Saturday, March 14, for a week's vacation in her home state of New Jersey, she never thought that it would turn into a two-month ancient Greek, Homer-esque odyssey. But instead of finding danger with the one-eyed Cyclops giant, she found her trip imperiled by the microscopic Coronavirus.

The original plan was to be gone for a week, returning to Colorado on March 23. The first sign that things might not go as planned was that Highfill's plane was only a third filled. "The s*%# hit the fan from the day I got there," HIghfill said...

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