As luck would have it, I was able to catch up with him while he stopped in Jackson Hole, Wyoming- just before he ventured into Yellowstone National Park. Earlier that same week he climbed Devil's Tower- even though he has never rock climbed before.
Think about, if you were a kid in Texas, you still got to go to school. You largely didn't have to wear masks. And you still got to play "Friday Night Lights" football. Just minutes away, right across the border- you got none of that. No school. No football. And you better wear a mask everywhere.