Saturday, July 26, 2014
I remember now how much I started hating my bedroom, the television, sleeping . . . when I had my surgery back in February. Now I feel like I'm in an episode of the Twilight Zone as I sit here, once again, staring at a black TV screen with just the word ROKU moving randomly around the screen. Every now and then I go back and find something else to watch on Netflix or Hulu or one of the other channels on there. Heck, I've even watched a few Twilight Zone episodes! I have DIRECTV, but there sure isn't anything on there I want to watch. I really don't even like TV that much, but my entertainment options are pretty limited right now. Guess I need to have someone dig out some books that I haven't had the time to read.
I went to see my orthopedic surgeon yesterday. Of course it had to be the same surgeon that operated on me in February. He walked into the examining room, looked at me and said, "You know, you really didn't have to go break a bunch of bones to come back and see me." Yea, at least he made me laugh. That was just before he commented on what a heck of job I did at breaking these bones. He says I need a plate and screws to stabilize one of them. I already knew that was coming from talking to the ER personnel at the hospital, but I still didn't want to hear it. Surgery is now scheduled for Thursday.
After that, I suppose I will become much better at using this ROKU that my son put on my TV months ago. Besides some movies and old TV shows I've watched, I've also found one good series that I've started watching. It's not a replacement for kayaking, hiking or biking, but those are not options right now. I'll settle for what I have.
Thankfully I have a great bunch of co-workers who are being very understanding. I hate to leave them short-staffed, so hopefully he'll let me go back to work in just a few weeks with a wheelchair. I'd actually rather be there than stuck in my house unable to drive or go anywhere.
Enough whining for now. I hope you're all having a great weekend. If you get outside, enjoy some sunshine for me.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Does this look familiar? Nope, it is not another picture from my surgery in February, even though it looks almost the same. My son and I were working on some home renovations yesterday. Without going into the long story of how I did this, I dislocated my ankle and broke it in three places. Going to see my orthopedic surgeon in the morning. I can't believe I actually did this, but nothing I can do now except make the best of a bad situation. I'm just thankful that Cliff was with me because I don't think I could have gotten up out of the floor. I think the pain is actually beginning to ease a little since I can wait longer between pain meds. Trying hard to stay awake, but the meds make me so sleepy.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I've been home from vacation for a week and I'm just beginning to get back into some sort of routine. For starters, the morning after we got home my laptop messed up after my virus protection ran an update. It was a few days before Jeremy (my son) got it fixed for me. (Thank goodness my child is an IT person.) Now I can try to catch up on some of my blogging!
After we got off the San Juan River, we stay a couple of days in Mexican Hat, Utah so the guys could see Monument Valley and some things in that area. Then we headed to Moab, Utah where we had rented a beautiful condo for eight nights. The views from our patio were amazing with the Moab Rim to the west and the La Sal Mountains to the east. It was a great place to spend the evenings after a day full of activity.
We also did a 10 mile paddle in our kayaks on the Colorado River from Moab. It wasn't nearly as exciting as the San Juan since the section is mostly flat water, but the scenery was beautiful and I actually enjoyed the easy paddle.
We visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Canyon Rims, visited some museums and did some back country hikes. On the way home, we drove through the Colorado Rockies and made a couple stops to walk around and take in the scenery there. Overall it was an amazing trip and we all had a great time. I'm adding some pics from the remainder of our vacation.
Mike and Cliff acting silly at Bluff Fort. They are best friends and Mike is like my adopted son. Love them both so much and they kept me laughing on the entire trip.
At Goosenecks State Park near Mexican Hat, Utah (overlooking the San Juan River)
The condo where we stayed in Moab, Utah
The Moab Rim from the patio of our condo.
Cliff at one of three dinosaur museums we visited. He has loved dinosaurs since he was two years old and can't resist stopping anytime he sees anything related to them.
Paddling on the Colorado River
On the Colorado River just after we launched. My BIL took a picture of me taking a picture of him. LOL
Along the Colorado River near sunset
View from the La Sal Mountains
My sister with Mike and Cliff at Arches National Park
Landscape Arch at Arches National Park
Picture of the moon from our patio
Lots of fun and great memories. I'm so blessed to have these boys in my life who actually want mom along. We're all ready to get back out there as soon as possible.
Hope you are all having a great week!
Friday, July 04, 2014
I know this is late, but the last eight days have been non-stop and so much fun. I'll get to it all eventually, but for now I'll start where I left off.
On June 23rd, we arrived at the Recapture Lodge in Bluff, Utah to prepare for our launch the next morning. We rearranged our gear and put everything in dry bags before attempting to get a good night sleep. The next morning, we all met (six of us) at the Sand Island launch site where a ranger inspected our boats and gear to insure we had all the required items and were fully prepared for our trip. When she was satisfied, she signed my permit and we were on our way. I launched my boat with my waterproof Tommy flag flying on the back.
My son, his best friend Mike, and our friend Debbie preparing to launch.
It was a beautiful day and the beginning of the San Juan River was calm and easy paddling (that would not be the case later). The water level had dropped lower than we had hoped for actually making some of the rapids more difficult to maneuver, but we were determined to make the trip no matter what.
Shortly after launching our boats.
My son Cliff and his best friend Mike.
We stopped on a little sandy bank for some lunch.
At one point we were accompanied by a lot of geese.
This was an awesome cave and we could actually see some ruins inside of it.
We took a break and hiked up a short trail. My son Cliff is on the left and his friend Mike is on the right pointing out some bighorn sheep on the other side of the river.
We were originally planning to camp two nights on the river, but even though it was low the water was moving fast and we completed ten miles much faster than we expected. We knew we had three major named rapids to take on and we were all in agreement that we wanted to stop and camp and face the rapids the next morning. We found a beautiful beach in a big bend just past a set of smaller, fun rapids.
Having dinner at our campsite
Our beautiful campsite
The next morning we were up pretty early, packed and ready to get back on the water. Our first challenge just around the next bend would be four foot rapids.
Scouting four foot rapids from the shore. The pictures really don't do them justice. The water was moving so fast and the lower water level meant there were a lot more rocks and boulders to maneuver around. Still, all six of us made it through four foot rapids. They were FUN!
The next set of rapids would prove to be a lot more challenging. These are called eight foot rapids and are the most difficult on this section of the river. We stopped to scout them and I must admit that I had serious doubts because there was a small area you had to get through, between two rocks, and then face a serious wave train on the other side. I considered portaging my boat around, but in the end it was so rocky I decided to go for it. I made it between the rocks and was actually starting to laugh going through the wave train, then I celebrated my victory too early. Hah! That river taught me a lesson and in an instant I was upside down. The water was rushing so fast that it actually ripped my hydration pack loose and that was lost, but I made it safely to shore and Mike caught my boat for me. Those rapids flipped three of our boats and sent us swimming.
When I got to my boat, I realized that the river had also claimed my Tommy flag. At first I was heartbroken that it was gone, but then I started to think about this differently. Maybe this was as it should have been. He loved Utah so, so much and maybe his flag should stay here. My hope is that someone will find that waterproof flag one day and google his name, come across his Facebook page, and realize just how special this person was.
Looking back up at eight foot rapid. I just wish the picture could show what the waves actually looked like.
Next we would face the final named rapid, Ledge Rapid. The trick here was to get to the right of the rock garden and the boulder sitting in the middle of the river and then back quickly to the left to avoid being pushed into a ledge. After the last rapid, there was a lot of nerves going in. Unfortunately, two members of our party was flipped in this rapid, but I'm thankful I made it through without incident. Unfortunately I got no pictures of this rapid.
After getting through this rapid, the rest of the trip was easy paddling with just some minor, fun rapids along the way. We had made it through the canyon so quickly that we ended up finishing the trip that evening.
Picture my BIL took of me nearing the end of our trip.
A bighorn sheep drinking from the river.
Paddling through the Raplee Anticline only a couple miles from the take out.
Another picture of the Raplee Anticline near Mexican Hat, Utah.
At the Mexican Hat take out. We had a few bruises, we were tired and hungry, but what an amazing trip down the river. The scenery along that stretch was incredible. I wouldn't trade any part of it for anything.
We're now in Moab, Utah waiting for dark to watch some fireworks.
Happy Independence Day Everyone!
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