When my mom first suggested we meet at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania for a short getaway together so she could see her grandchildren, my initial reaction was: "No way!" We were in the middle of a pandemic, after all, and a trip to an amusement park with my two kids, five and seven years old, seemed like an unnecessary risk.
But after we were forced to cancel two trips to see my mom, who lives in Virginia, my children were missing their GG (short for "Grandma Glenda"). Even if we did want to make the five-hour trip from our home in Connecticut, my kids and I would be required to quarantine for two weeks upon our return because of the travel advisory. This same travel advisory limited the number of states we could both go to without quarantining—all four states in between us (Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York) were on the list at the time we were planning our trip.