Thank you, @RickshawFan, for your perspectives. If you add to your wise thoughts of tech reality vs nature reality, the displacement of their lives-- covid, new baby, return to work from paternity leave, new job, new locale-- for me, it is a perfect storm of poor judgement. A few minutes' research on a nearby trail and a driving need to be in nature and return to something familiar from their past lives. "We can do this in 2 and a half hours! Home before noon!"