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Deja Vu

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." emoticon 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.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/27/2014 11:00PM

    So sorry you have such pain, Cindy. I am also sorry to hear how bored you are.
I hope the doctor lets you go back to work sooner, like you want.

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CHEBBA 7/27/2014 7:28PM

    Foot pain is horrid. I really do wish you luck and a good recovery when the surgery happens. I have such painful feet - have seen a consultant who said it was arthritis and prescribed me custom-moulded hard rubber orthotics but it means I have to live in trainers. Well, that's not always possible and in any case, I feel like Forrest Gump when I wear them. I've soldiered on with the excruciating pain, even though every step on the 'dreadmill' hurts. Now, my cousin, who is a pharmacist assistant and know a bit about a lot of medical conditions, says she doesn't think I've got arthritis at all! My joints don't hurt, it's these two huge painful bumps on the bone on the tops of my feet , over the arch/instep. They look horrid and the pain can be ghastly. I researched 'images' on my computer, saw pix of what I've got, saw a podiatrist and now I'm going to a specialist in 3 days time, to see if it's what I think it is, 'saddle bone deformity', which means that an op may be feasible and it would remove the pain!! Oh how wonderful it would be to be pain-free! Yes, I really do sympathise with you. Hurty feet make everything else much worse. Good Luck! xx

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SHESMITH1 7/27/2014 7:13PM

    I think we all need to pitch in and buy you some high top brogans!


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LINDAKAY228 7/27/2014 4:29PM

    It really does stink being stuck there and I know what you mean about tv. Now that I'm living in Arlington, TX, I just have an indoor antenna and get the major channels, ION, and some others. I get more that are Spanish, religious, or paid ads all the time but took those off. I've seen some old shows I haven't seen in ages, like the FLying Nun, Mr Ed, etc. But I had gotten burned out on tv and have it only mainly for background noise when I'm on the computer. I didn't see that much on that I couldn't get this way to pay for cable or satellite tv. I do have Netflix, and if I fall asleep in the evening (early riser) I was it on my computer. When I had the stroke, and was in the hospital for almost 5 weeks much of that time my eyes were really messed up and also my glasses got broke when I had the stroke. Try getting new glasses in the hospital ha ha!!! But even with my computer glasses I had a lot of problems till my eyes stabilized. So when I was stuck in bed I couldn't watch tv, I could only listen to it. I know how bored you must be and why being at work would be easier! Good luck with the surgery. I'm so sorry you have to go through all this. Hopefully all will heal well and before you really know it you'll be back to the things you love! And thanks so much for the goodie!!

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REMEMBER2BME 7/27/2014 4:10PM

    My goodness. Best of luck to you. I'll have to send you some shows. HUGS!

Just thought of something else, maybe when you are up to it, you can find work out video's for upper body so you can still get in some "activity". Just a thought.
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GOLFGMA 7/27/2014 8:07AM

    Praying for your comfort as you heal and my offer is good for any way I can help. Please continue to keep us up to date on progress and keep this great attitude you always have . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 7/27/2014 12:10AM

    Oh, my, I am not someone who enjoys TV very much either. I watch the news and that is about it.

I am praying for your quick healing!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/26/2014 10:24PM

    I will be thinking of you. Hope it heals quickly! emoticon

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Can't believe I did this!

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!


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SHESMITH1 7/27/2014 7:12PM

    Oh nooooooooo!!! Please let me know if I can do anything! I'll send my phone number in a spark message.
Take care~


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HICKOK-HALEY 7/26/2014 10:22PM

    I'm glad Cliff was there too. I know that was painful. I pray for a speedy recovery!

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LINDAKAY228 7/26/2014 7:27PM

    I'm a little behind in reading and all I can say is oh no!!! That's awful. The one good thing (besides help being readily available) is that you got to have that awesome canoe trip before this happened. It would have been twice as bad if this had kept you from that. I know how sleepy those pain meds can make you! Take care, rest, post when you can and take care of yourself!

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DONNASPRIDE 7/26/2014 3:22PM

    Oh my goodness, sounds like me. speedy recovery

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SUSANNAH31 7/26/2014 11:06AM

    Wishing you a rapid recovery.

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_JODI404 7/25/2014 9:57PM

    Oh my goodness. NO!!!!

Well, you are handling this really well. Acceptance. The key to the least stressful path.

I hope that your recovery will go well and that your pain is managed well and diminishes quickly.

So glad Cliff was there for you!!

Take good care!!!

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THINAGIN2 7/25/2014 12:13PM

    So sorry that this has happened! I hope that you mend quickly!
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ODAT1117 7/25/2014 7:37AM

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Oh I HATE when that happens!!!! Been there DONE THAT. Dang it. Just super grateful that you had someone with you because you are right. You probably would not have been able to get yourself up and to the doc. So, uh, that was good injury planning on your part!! ha ha!!

Oh man, now the long recovery and 'changed forever' to deal with. So crappy!!! I guess it's REALLY good you already did that kayak trip. :-)

Oh, thinking of you, my Spark Friend. And in case you didn't already know, there is a team for recovering from injury.

HANG IN THERE (safely, please!) and keep us posted!

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GOLFGMA 7/25/2014 7:35AM

    I am speechless! I believe you when you say "nothing to do now but make the most of it". If there is anything at all I can do for you please call me. Hopefully you still have my number from our hiking trip, if not, send Sparkmail.

Fear thou not ; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41: 10

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REMEMBER2BME 7/25/2014 6:58AM

    Oh my goodness. I am so glad your DS was there. I remember when I fractured my food over 15 years ago in an accident. For a time I was not sure I could handle the pain. It hurt so badly. Glad you have good meds.

I hate to say, I look forward to the story. if you did it, I bet I could do it. LOL. HUGS! I sure hope you feel better soon.

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WORLDSERIES11 7/25/2014 2:29AM

    Owww!! The same foot? Take it easy and hope you feel better soon!
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SLIMMERJESSE 7/25/2014 12:17AM

    Ouch! Yikes! Wishing you fast healing.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/25/2014 12:11AM

    Oh how sad! Life is so unpredictable. I hope you recover in record time Cindy!

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KNEEMAKER 7/24/2014 11:19PM

  There are always set backs for all of us on Life's Journey. Please know that you can keep on keeping on. Rest up and get well then get back going to reach your goals. Believe and achieve. You can do it. Your blog indicates that deep inside of you, you are a real winner. Plus you have the uncanny ability to inspire others. Most people would give up. Not you! You let everyone know what happened and we all know what is next. You will be up and going again as soon as humanly possible. Thanks and I wish you a speedy recovery and a blessed life. emoticon

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NELLIEC 7/24/2014 11:12PM

    Oowwwwww! I am praying for your healing!

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EVIE4NOW 7/24/2014 9:52PM

  Hope you mend quickly.

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A Day Best Forgotten

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm glad July 19th has come to an end and July 20th has finally arrived. It was a tough day. It was one year to the day when my husband passed away and I lost my best friend in the world.

Tommy used to love to post pictures of beautiful nature scenes on his Facebook page and he would always caption them "God's Creations". I thought yesterday about how he was one of God's amazing creations and what a huge loss it was when he left this life, but what a wonderful gain for heaven.

I went Friday afternoon and put new flowers on Tommy's grave along with a mini replica of the memory flag I took with me on vacation. In some ways it was hard to believe that a year had already passed, yet at times it seems like an eternity since I've heard his laugh.

I decided to keep myself busy yesterday by working on my bathroom renovations. I figured that would take my mind off of everything. My boys were here to help me and we were moving right along until we realized we need some additional parts for plumbing. Jeremy and I took off in my car heading for Home Depot to buy the needed parts. Unfortunately, on our way there we were stopped at a red light when we were rear-ended by a pickup truck. At first I was really upset because that car was the one that Tommy actually wanted and he loved it. After a few minutes, I realized how upset the young man was that hit us. He was only 16 years old and just got his license last month. To make matters worse, his father showed up and appeared pretty upset with him. I actually felt bad for him and went back to his truck to tell him to try not to worry about it, that both of my boys did the same thing when they were 16 years old. I hope he's not in too much trouble at home because he really did seem like a nice young man.

My poor little car!

My stepson came over later to help us on our bathroom also. It was good to be with him because I know he was also trying to deal with the anniversary of his Dad's passing. We had pizza and it was nice to be together. Still, I'm glad the day is over. Today is a new day. Now I'm off to get some much needed rest.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!

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ODAT1117 7/25/2014 7:41AM

    My, what a week you have had. I hope your boys can set you up with some good distractions now that you are laid up with a bum foot. Maybe they can get you some puzzles or new books or movies.

Hang in there!!

Oh, and I LOVE the miniflag!! I'll just bet that made Tommy smile and I know he is wishing he could be with you now, especially to help with your foot/ankle injury.


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LIVINGFREE19 7/20/2014 10:25PM

    It is so hard to believe it has been a year since Tommy's passing! You are so strong in dealing with all that you have had to deal with, Cindy. I wish I could give you a big hug!
I hope you have a really great week!
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CHEBBA 7/20/2014 6:09PM

    I have not, yet, lost any people who are that close to me - even my parents are still both alive at almost 93 and 88! However, I think that the 1-year anniversary is something of a Rubicon, and after that the human psyche seems a little better able to move forward. Every anniversary will be difficult, but the first one is, I suspect, the worst.

You are a strong lady and Tommy is still with you in so many ways. He will make sure you are OK, he'll be watching over you - just as he was when that poor kid ran into the back of your car. Poor lad. But you were all unhurt, which is the main thing! Yup, Tommy was guarding you, for sure!


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_JODI404 7/20/2014 3:05PM

    Angel anniversaries are very hard!!

You did a great job keeping busy and in good company with your sons.

You were sweet to be so kind the the teenager who hit you.

I'm glad this date is behind you! So much better to remember the life than the loss.... but on anniversaries it seems impossible.

Sending you a BIG hug!


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REMEMBER2BME 7/20/2014 11:24AM

    Beautifully written blog and what an absolutely beautiful resting place. Lastly, outstanding perspective. You are amazing. Human yet amazing.

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LINDAKAY228 7/20/2014 9:22AM

    I know it was a day that was so hard for you and the boys because anniversary days of a death area, whether they are the date of the death or the person's birthday or anniversary or some other special day in their life. And it will cause you pain and to think of him more. But I believe he would be so proud of you and not mourning with you. Just get through them the best you can and it often helps to be able to talk for those days and share memories of him together Also do things like you're done. Anyway I wish I was there to give you a big hug and help you in whatever way you need it. All I can do is send thoughts and prayers your way. I can't believe it's been a year already either!

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EMPTYNESTER60 7/20/2014 9:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon from one who's been there. It will get better - but it doesn't go away - and it shouldn't. Someone who is that special in our lives will always be special in our lives and I'm glad you had your family around you to share the memories that you all together. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 7/20/2014 6:23AM

    Your blog is so full of what we call "life". Sadness you experienced with the loss of your dear "Tommy" here on earth, but happiness knowing Tommy loved his God and was ready for his eternal home. God has given you amazing strength to make it a whole year when you probably thought you wouldn't without Tommy. So happy your boys were with you and supporting you on a day they knew you needed them. Hate that your car got bumped. They can fix that in a day. A deer got me this year but they fixed it just fine at Tuttle's in King. Continue being the strong woman you are! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/20/2014 4:38AM

    I doesn't seem like a year. I think you handled the day beautifully, and I am so glad all of the boys were there to help you. Sorry about the accident . The dent doesn't look too bad. I'm with you, I feel for the kid. Love the flowers you put at the grave site. I know it put a smile on Tommie's face! Hugs my friend!

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ZRIE014 7/20/2014 12:55AM

  i hope that you have a good weekend

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A few more pics from vacation

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.

Monument Valley

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!


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NORWOODGIRL 7/20/2014 11:05PM

    Many of the pictures give me goosebumps. Seeing the grandeur of the scenery makes you pause to think about your own significance.
Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 7/16/2014 7:10AM

    Welcome back! Love your pictures...I want the condo! So nice you have your son and "adopted" son and you enjoy each others company! Glad you had a great!
Love& Hugs,

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GOLFGMA 7/16/2014 5:46AM

    Amazing, Beautiful, Wonderful are only a few adjectives to describe these photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. So glad you were able to make this trip and have such special times with your family. emoticon emoticon

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EMPTYNESTER60 7/15/2014 10:40PM

    I always enjoy your pictures and these are amazing. I love all of the colors in the rocks in that part of the country. My daughter was at BYU for a year and we drove her out & picked her up so got to see some of that area. The Wasatch & Rockies are a lot different than the Appalachians - all beautiful in their own way. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures! Glad you had a chance to take this wonderful trip & spend time with your family. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/15/2014 7:34PM

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of these great memories that you made with us!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/15/2014 7:15PM

    Such beautiful pics, Cindy! That looks like it would have been a great time!
I'm glad you are back and getting settled in!
I hope you have a super Wednesday, my friend!

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LINDAKAY228 7/15/2014 5:30PM

    Wow such a wonderful time!! I love the views from Moab although it's been a long time since I've been there. I think it was in 2000 and time just goes so fast! All your views are so great and I love the colors. The condo looks like a great place to relax. So glad you had such a great time!

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RONDARC 7/15/2014 5:04PM

    Beautiful pictures!! Looks like you had a great time!

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WORLDSERIES11 7/15/2014 3:43PM

    Welcome Back! Such amazing country we live in!! Thanks for sharing and glad you had such a great time!!

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REMEMBER2BME 7/15/2014 12:57PM

    The view from your patio is amazing. Too cool! Funny that you mentioned your sons (more or less) too. I was thin king how great that you are such good friends. Great shots. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Beautiful pics!

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San Juan River Trip

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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SHESMITH1 7/9/2014 9:46AM

    You are quite the impressive lady! Attitude. Spirit. Adventure. You've got it all! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Makes me want to add kayaking to my (already way too lengthy) bucket list. Glad you're safe and sound and - hopefully - rested.

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EMPTYNESTER60 7/8/2014 9:32PM

    I'm a little late catching up on your trip but it sounds like it was wonderful for you. I'm glad you shared the pictures & the blog with all of us who would never have the nerve to try this. It is too bad that you lost your Tommy flag, but it is kind of special that it is there in Utah. So glad that you were able to make this trip & that it turned out as great as it did for you & your family. Also very glad that you're back in NC safe & sound!

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WORLDSERIES11 7/7/2014 4:12PM

    What a great experience!! And beautiful pictures as always!! Love your attitude about the Tommy flag and can't wait to hear about it being found:) Stay safe.

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REMEMBER2BME 7/7/2014 9:43AM

    Waterproof Tommy flag? Too cool! Outstanding :)
Love the geese!
Yikes, you brought a flood of tears to my eyes suddenly, reading about the flag but ... I agree with you 100%. It sounds like your Tommy is an awful lot like my DH. It is definitely what he would have wanted.
Love the sheep too. Great shots!!!
Moab for the 4th. Amazing!

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KAYOTIC 7/6/2014 1:25PM

    Love your attitude about the flag, the rapids, and the trip, what a great sense of adventure you have! Pushing boundaries, trying new things, and making it work are the best reasons for living!

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    OMG, I am just so impressed! What an amazing time! Thank you for the great pictures! I really think Tommy's flag was meant to stay! Don't feel bad, I think it was the way it was meant to be :-)
Enjoy the rest of your wonderful trip...looking forward to hearing more!
Love & Hugs,

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LINDAKAY228 7/5/2014 11:21AM

    The pictures are so amazing! Pictures never do capture though what we see in real life, like the breathtaking beauty and the rapids and things. But they help a lot. Glad you made it through with only being dunked in one set of rapids. You're probably right about Tommy's flag. Even if the flag stayed in a place he loved, his spirit is still with you I believe. Glad there is so much laughter and fun too! Hope you enjoyed watching the fireworks in Moab!

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HOLLYM48 7/5/2014 10:20AM

    WOW, what an awesome trip. You must be so proud that you were able to do something like this. That is beyond awesome. The strength that it must have taken to get through all those rapids is amazing. Congrats and thanks for sharing the beauty with us. Way to go!!!!

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ODAT1117 7/5/2014 9:35AM

    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!! I, too, would choose to think about your Tommy flag as the way it was meant to be. He's there now, resting.

And holy moly that must have gotten your adrenalin going when you guys flipped!! Scary and glad you all made it okay. That would be hard to do the next set of rapids, for sure. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm SO happy for you that you got to go and that it was so incredibly successful AND that you got to end it with fireworks in Moab!! HOW AWESOME!!

Thanks for taking the time to share! :-)

- fellow yakker...... :-)

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GOLFGMA 7/5/2014 7:00AM

    Sounds glorious and I'm so glad you shared the experience with us! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 7/5/2014 4:40AM

    Glad you had a great experience!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/5/2014 1:42AM

    I love your pics and how you tell the story, you are very good at it!

That looks like such a fun trip!

I hope you had a super 4th!

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NELLIEC 7/5/2014 12:16AM

    Beautiful pictures.

But I have to say that I am glad it was you making this trip and not me. emoticon

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