A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

This week has brought many things to an end. Instead of three doctor appointments a week my husband had one and next week none:) As for physical therapy, we have decided that we can purchase and do everything at home to save a ton of time and do more often to get even more benefit for his condition. All his physicians agreed, so our big order of therapy supplies should arrive Monday. And the last test results we were waiting for finally came back mid week and they were wonderful. Which in our eyes meant we could all take a breath and relax a little. It has been a trying, emotional three weeks but I can honestly say, we do see a little light at the end of this tunnel.

Now onto much happier events…..do you remember that vacation we were suppose to be training for? It is happening in a few short weeks and our goal is to hike for four days straight with our longest hike being 8 miles. I am extremely happy to say we are still planning to go on this vacation. As for the 8 mile hike, time will tell. We have talked with all his physicians and they all say he can and should try and make it happen. Although, we have been walking at home throughout this ordeal and he is only able to make it about 2 1/2 -3 miles until he starts to feel pain and numbness. Which is when all the professionals say he needs to stop and rest. I have him convinced that he should also use hiking poles this time and to my surprise he agreed. So my old poles have been taken apart, cleaned up, and are ready for use. They still had particles of the virgin river in them from our last big hiking trip.

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As for training, this was very short lived. I have been still getting daily exercise but not nearly what I was hoping to get in preparation for this trip. You all know my husbands activity level has been lessened greatly and our son also was set back with a back issue in the past few weeks.Thankfully, I still feel I can accomplish this hike without a problem. I am hoping that we can somehow accomplish it as a family, but if not, we plan do do the best we can with what we have. Our vacation is planned for a gorgeous, amazing place and I have no doubt regardless of how far we hike, it will still be a wonderful, enjoyable time.

Speaking of hiking, recently we ventured out for a short hike after work one night. As usual, we were walking along and came across a snake crossing the trail. Now normally, when we hike we walk side by side as many people probably do. While he is looking into the sky at birds, bugs, and keeping an eye out for wildlife, I am scanning the trail for these slithery reptiles. I always seem to find them first and he can normally tell by the immediate stop and few steps backwards(and a scream) what lies ahead. Although, now, I have learned where they normally are hiding and slither out of while on the trail so we have taken a new approach to these slithery reptiles. Snakes never seem to come from the side of the trail. They are almost always laying in the middle where greenery has grown through or right out in the open sunning themselves which makes them easy to spot from a distance. It’s the greenery that has me a nervous wreck, so now I make my husband (whom is not deathly afraid of snakes, unlike me) walk a bit ahead of me right through the middle of this greenery.

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I then follow behind at a safe distance giving the snakes time to slither across to the trail edge and into the woods/grass. It does not make seeing them any more pleasant but at least the fear of them slithering over my boot into the woods/grass is not constantly in the back of mind. God forbid, a snake ever slither over my boot, I would not have the power to walk off the trail by myself. I have a strong heart and great blood pressure, but this may send me into cardiac arrest.

That’s all I have for you all this week. I miss blogging about our kayaking trips, disc golf courses we visit and all that fun stuff. Although, right now our lives are pretty limited to walking, biking, swimming and physical therapy. I try and keep him company through all of this to hopefully make it less daunting for him.

TENS Therapy while spending time together

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So even though it’s quite life consuming, we are still having fun and enjoying just being together. We are finding ways to make the most of what we have to work with at the moment.

Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome

Our second day of vacation was the day we planned to take our biggest hike. We planned to hike Morgan Falls and the St. Peter’s Dome trails.

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Again, I did my research before leaving home and knew this was going to be a good hike. Upon arriving at the parking lot we saw you were required to pay $5 to take these trails.

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You will also find a nice, clean restroom at the parking lot. We paid and started down the trail quickly noticing an enormous amount of biting flies and mosquitos. REMEMBER YOUR BUG SPRAY!!!!

At first the trail is quite flat and very well marked as to where the turn off is to see Morgan Falls. The falls is a short hike from the actual parking lot and can be easily done. Mileage for just Morgan Falls round trip is 1.2 miles.

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When you make your way back to the main trail and continue up to the top of St. Peter’s Dome is when it gets difficult. The terrain quickly gets much more rocky and your footing gets much more difficult. Mileage for St. Peter’s Dome round trip is 3.6 miles.

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You will cross a creek and head up quite quickly to make the top of the dome. Total elevation according to the trail map is 1,565 feet.

We were very happily surprised when we reached the top to feel a breeze which helped eliminate the bugs. We were hot, tired and feeling terrific. The view was worth the climb.

Here is my husband after he removed his pack, looking at the view from the top. He was very hot!!!! The outline of his pack is perfect.

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We cooled off for a bit and decided to have lunch atop this wonderful dome.

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After some time resting and visiting with a group of fellow hikers who were actually using this hike as a training trail for an upcoming big trip they had planned, we made our way back down.

This hike was so rewarding for me. I love elevation.  There is something about feeling on top of the world that just thrills me. We arrived back at the car, an entire can of bug spray almost used up on just this trail alone, and feeling great!

After this we returned to Copper Falls State Park where our campsite was and hiked the Doughboy Trail again before relaxing at our site for the night.

In the morning we packed up and headed a little further down the road and back to civilization for the next part of our vacation.

More to come….