Monday, June 03, 2013
I had an amazing vacation and family celebration for my Aunt Jean and Uncle Ed's Golden wedding anniversary! It was a very physical, active and fun vacation! On Friday when I arrived I took an hour walk around my Hotel area. That night I went to a pizza party at my cousin's Beth house. Across from her home was a open park. My cousin Michele has a dog named Mia. Michele and I took Mia for a run around the park. Michele let Mia of the leash and we played chase. I never caught Mia, I came close once or twice, but Mia was too smart and quick for me. However for my efforts, Mia allowed me to give her a tummy rub after we both had enough!
On Saturday our family went cliff climbing. I was not going to go and was just was going to go for a walk. But then I decided that spending time with my family would be more fun than walking! So I went. I decided there was no way that I was going to climb. I was just going to be a spectator. Then my cousin Karen's husband Bob came up and asked me what size shoes I wear. The next thing I knew I had a pair of mountain climbing shoes on. Then all of a sudden I had a harness around my waist. Well the next thing I remember I am climbing up this fifty foot vertical wall! Now this was my first time climbing and thought that the arms were what got you up to the top. This worked up till the 75% level, then my hands went numb. My cousin Michele shouted to me 'Use your feet and legs!' So determined to reach the top I listened and made it! The fun part was coming down, you just sit back and relax to the bottom. Then I discovered I had broken a blister on my left hand and have a blister on my right finger.
That night was the party for the Golden wedding anniversary. It was a great time with family and friends of the family! I even had some anniversary cake and did not feel guilty about that. The cake was great! They had a slide show at one point and in one of the pictures I saw was an old picture of myself, thirty pounds ago. I did not believe that was me! My Uncle Ed gave a 20 minute speech at one point, and his daughters were very happily surprised that the whole time he did not say anything embarrassing, which occasionally he will do.
On Sunday there was a picnic up in the mountains at a beautiful State park. I was worn out a bit from the climb on Saturday so thought I would just relax and talk with family and friends. Then Michele said would you like to take a trail walk with me and Mia. So off I went, thinking it would be just a twenty minute walk. Michele lives in Moab, Utah and does a lot of trail walking. At one point she said to me how surprised she was that I was keeping her pace and not breathing heavily. I was very content with the praise from her. The twenty minute walk turned into an hour hike, we walked over three miles avoiding bikes along the way. We made it back just in time for me to catch my ride to the airport!
With all the exercise and good food when I stepped on the scale today I had lost half a pound. I did miss sparking for three days, but luckily I could track my food and exercise when I woke this morning. In some ways I am glad to be back home because I know where things are at. When I was in Denver I had to rely on family to get me around, which was a bit fun because I did not have to worry about directions, I just had to show up on time for my rides.
Update, I forgot to mention about my fractured tooth, that I was concerned about before I left. Because I had excellent emergency work done on Tuesday, before I went on Friday, the nerve had relaxed and during the vacation was pain free, even when I drank cold liquids. It still is not bothering me. Next month I will have a chance to have it checked out, for now I am very happy with the work that was accomplished on it!