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Day 74/90 - Adios, Vacation!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I understand water leaks are onerous to diagnose.

But after two repair shop visits and replacement faucets & showerhead that we apparently didn't need, the leak is still with us!

So we will be leaving on Sunday for home, so we can get the trailer into our trusty repair shop where we are on a first-name basis with the technician, where we tip him generously for service above-and-beyond. He will take care of the leak!

But we will stay long enough in SLC to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the service on Sunday morning. Can't miss that.

Took a 3-mile walk this morning on the river walk which runs directly behind this RV park. Tomorrow will get up earlier so we can do a longer walk. Now we are off to take a city tour of Salt Lake City. It should be fun!

We have lunch at Lion House, which is the home Brigham Young built for his family. Since he had 55 wives and over 50 children, it must be a humdinger of a house!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/30/2014 12:33AM

    Hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and are having a safe trip home.
Knowing you it won't be long until your next vacation :)

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CINDYSDAY 7/29/2014 11:05PM

    Sounds fun!

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KATHIC2 7/29/2014 8:32AM

  I love reading about your adventures. Good luck on finding the right fix.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/28/2014 9:09PM

    Boo..on the persistent water leak. Sorry that your trip is cut short

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AJDOVER1 7/27/2014 12:39AM

    sounds like a good call. That leak must be diagnosed by your very own expert. Enjoy the service tomorrow! I wish you a safe journey home.

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NANCY- 7/26/2014 10:24AM

    Say what??? 55 wives and over 50 children!!!
Sorry to hear that your trip is being cut short. But knowing you you probably already have more trips planned. Glad that you are going to be able to hear the choir sing. That should be a wonderful experience. Wishing you safe travels back home.

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SUGAR0814 7/25/2014 11:42PM

    Sorry to hear your vacation is being cut short, but better safe than sorry! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2014 7:17PM

    Safe journey and all best with that repair. Sounds like you've got a few more fun things to do before the trip is over!!

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KANOE10 7/25/2014 11:37AM

    I would love to hear them sing. Enjoy your last days of vacation!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/25/2014 11:03AM

    Enjoy the last few days of your vacation! It sounds like (overall) it's been a great one!

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Vacation Day 72/90 - What Else Could Go Wrong?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So today was our move day to Salt Lake City.

TC went to move the truck...and it wouldn't start! Apparently he had left the keys in the vehicle and the radio on. Oh well! Called our Roadside Service and they arranged for a guy to come out...problem #1 solved!

Then we went to a "quarter" car wash to blow the worst of the dirt off the trailer. Pulling out, we hit a pothole, scraped bottom, and broke off a stabilizer. Ack. Problem #2.

Traffic through Salt Lake City was intense, even at 1 pm. While going around a curve, TC saw a huge piece of steel belted tire in the road, but because of the traffic, he couldn't swerve. We hit it head on, and it ended up denting the trailer in the front and on the side. Problem #3.

Of course, we still have our water leak (Problem #4) that we can't figure out. We went to an auto service place in Moab and the technician tightened a bunch of connections (hey, they shake loose after 7,000 miles on the road!), but it didn't solve the problem.

So tomorrow is the day. If the RV dealership can't solve the problem, we may just go home. Living in a trailer without water isn't fun. "Should we stay or should we go?"

Will let you know tomorrow!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/28/2014 9:07PM

    Sorry to hear of all the vehicle issues..hope it all turns around & you can continue on the holidays

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NANCY- 7/25/2014 8:46AM

    Yikes! Talk about when it rains it pours.
Thankfully it is all mechanical, and you guys are alright. Hopefully all will be well soon.

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BOOKAPHILE 7/24/2014 11:30PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your accumulation of problems. I hope your dealership can fix it so you can see everything you wish. No water is tough when living out of a trailer!

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CINDYSDAY 7/24/2014 5:53PM

    I hope that you can figure out the problem with the water!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/24/2014 4:17PM

    I think traffic in all big cities just stinks any more. I commute to Los Angeles every day and it is very trying most of the time.
Sorry about all the mishaps. Hope the RV dealer can help and you can finish out your vacation.

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AJDOVER1 7/24/2014 2:31PM

    can't wait to hear! I hope problems are solved

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KABMPH 7/24/2014 10:17AM

    Sounds miserable! Hopefully all the bad is now out of your system!

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KANOE10 7/24/2014 8:46AM

    What a rough day. Trouble does seem to come in bunches!

Good luck on figuring out what to do!


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SUGAR0814 7/24/2014 12:41AM

    Oh no! Sorry to hear about all of the problems! Hope you can get the water issue fixed. Water is definitely needed. Sending positive vibes your way!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2014 8:35PM

    What a cluster of problems -- they do seem to come in clusters, don't they?? I remember my sister telling me once when I was dealing with a whole batch that I had "used up my lifetime supply" and things were going to get better . . .. and they did!

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KNEEMAKER 7/23/2014 7:48PM

  Believe and achieve! emoticon

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Vacation Day 71/90 - Last Hike in Moab

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We have enjoyed our time here; we are 10 minutes outside of Arches National Park and about an hour away from Canyonlands National Park. We have hiked both parks pretty extensively and enjoyed them immensely. As we wind our way from one national park/national monument to another, I truly understand why these areas have been set aside for the enjoyment of all. They are beautiful and unique. I am so grateful for these national treasures.

Yesterday, on an impulse, we turned down a road that had a sign for "Castle Valley". As it turned out, it was the "Colorado Riverway", a scenic byway that meanders next to the Colorado River. The sheer rock walls soar up hundreds of feet. To think that this river, over the course of millions of years, carved out the canyon is just impossible to really grasp. The power of water!

We discovered a trail and got up early this morning to hike it. It was called the Negro Bill Canyon Trail. It was so lovely! A large portion of it was in the shade because of the narrow canyon, and also because there is a lot of vegetation -- it follows a stream. In fact, we crossed the stream 11 times!

The really cool part is the Morning Glory Bridge at the end of the trail. It is the 6th largest arch in the world! (At least that's what the sign said.)

And, the big payoff was watching a group of young people rappelling off the arch!

Tomorrow morning we leave for Salt Lake City. We are scheduled to be there four nights, and the highlight for me will be seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Sunday morning service. This may be the end of the line for the vacation, but that's not decided yet. It's supposed to be super-hot in SLC but then our next move would be north, to Grand Teton National Park, and it's a lot cooler in Wyoming. So we shall see!

Have a great day, Sparkfans!

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AJDOVER1 7/23/2014 1:54PM

    how amazing! You're blessed to be visiting these places and I'm blessed that you're so generous to share

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JPANNELL0 7/23/2014 12:10PM

    Fantastic photos! We live 30 miles south of SLC! Wave and you go by!!

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KANOE10 7/23/2014 8:35AM

    Lovely scenery. What great hikes. I like the rock formations and colors. Enjoy SLC.


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NANCY- 7/23/2014 7:52AM

    How fortunate you are to to be able to get out and see the wonders of nature and the beauty of man. Hope the voice of the choir meets or exceeds your expectations.

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KRISKECK 7/22/2014 11:43PM

    What fantastic pictures! And I'll be in SLC tomorrow too! Unfortunately flying out after 4 days a conference but managed to squeeze some hikes in - it is so beautiful here! Have a wonderful time and I look forward to more reports from you!

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SUGAR0814 7/22/2014 10:09PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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144AUTUMN 7/22/2014 4:14PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Vacation Day 65/90 - Random Thoughts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am down another pound, so happily I am now below my ticker weight! Yay!

Watermellen wrote a great blog today about celebrating her 5-year maintenance anniversary, and in it she talks about many of the things she's learned to do to maintain her 90-pound weight loss.

The thing that spoke to me this morning is that we have to understand that our weight WILL fluctuate, that upticks DO happen, that we WILL make bad doesn't have to be a catastrophe. When it happens make a FIRM DECISION to go back to the basics that worked for you in the beginning: track, drink your water, watch your portions, cut down on the carbs, eat nutrient-dense meals, get more active on Spark, reach out to your Sparkfriends, etc. Whatever works!

The WORST thing we can do is start to berate ourselves for being a failure, for letting this happen again, telling ourselves that we'll "never be able to lose weight". Because that's a lie and a copout.

I used to do that to myself all the time. And it's why I stayed 40 pounds heavier for more years than I can bear to think about. I used to think if I couldn't be perfect, "What's the use?" But as KALIGIRL commented on Watermellen's blog today, "Perfect is the enemy of the good." It's a lesson I still struggle with!

Anyway -- when I got on my compact travel scale (after avoiding it for a few weeks) I knew I had to get busy. The number on the scale wasn't a catastrophe, it was a call to action! I am not where I want to be by any means. But keeping off that 40 pounds is my line in the sand, and it's non-negotiable.

This morning we have already walked nearly 4 miles in town, and now we are getting ready to move to Moab, Utah. We will only be 6 miles away from Arches National Park so I'm hoping we can get in a lot more early-morning hiking without having to wake up at 4 am! We will go to the visitor's center for brochures and information and make a tentative schedule for the next 7 days. I know paddling down the Colorado River is going to be one of the things we do.

OK, gotta go; TC is already out there getting things buttoned up. Have a Sparkalicious Day!!!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/22/2014 11:02AM

    Hope you are still having a wonderful trip!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/21/2014 12:04AM

    Looking forward to some "Paddling down the Colorado River" photos :)
Eating healthy while on the road can be a bit tricky indeed, but it can be done!
Congrats for making it work.

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MYTHMYTH 7/18/2014 3:00PM

    WONDERFUL blog - especially the link and the reminder that we all need right now.

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NANCY- 7/17/2014 9:51AM

    Love your attitude!!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/17/2014 6:48AM

    Watch out for quicksand.

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SUGAR0814 7/17/2014 12:08AM

    emoticon and emoticon on the weight loss!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 6:50PM

    Hey, thanks so much for the shout out -- really appreciate it!! Really appreciated your kind comments on my blog too.

Congrats to you on being below your ticker weight -- so fit and healthy you can really enjoy this great trip you're on!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/16/2014 12:59PM

    Great trip and great attitude. Now I'm off to read Watermellen's blog

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KANOE10 7/16/2014 11:43AM

    I liked Watermellen's blog also. You are so right about simply dealing with the weight fluctuations without berating yourself. Great job on being a pound under yout ticker weight. I may have to investigate that folding scale!


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AJDOVER1 7/16/2014 11:37AM

    When I took a disaster-preparedness class I learned a catastrophe is any event that exceeds the resources available to deal with it. Given all the resources we have here, a weight gain is simply not a catastrophe. I like that you define it as "a call to action."

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MEADSBAY 7/16/2014 11:28AM

    You are amazing!
I am so jealous about your entire vacation, actually.
Thnx for sharing a link to watermellen's blog...I had lost hers recently.

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BRAINBENTT 7/16/2014 10:57AM

    great trip !!!


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Vacation Day 64/90

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thanks for the comments on my hiking blog yesterday!

Yes, I guess I am "fit" but I see a difference in my body since it's now been 2 months without strength training or any kind of ab work. YES, I could do planks, pushups and situps in the trailer but...I don't. I just don't! emoticon

Also, I've not been Sparking as much, not been tracking...not been watching what I eat very much...and it's starting to show up, especially now that we've not been doing the long, long hikes (except for yesterday).

July 12 was my 60th birthday! On July 13 I officially said "enough is enough" and I've lost nearly 3 pounds of bloat since then. It feels good to see the scale go in the right direction!

AND, today is my 25th anniversary! TC and I are having a very low-key day. It was cooler than expected thanks to a storm last night, so we walked 5 miles and did our errands and "house"work. It's a low-key day, but that's OK, because we're pretty low-maintenance people! Rather than go out for dinner, we'll have pork tenderloin on the grill, a salad, and roasted potatoes/carrots/onions.

However, we DID indulge in a piece of Native-American pottery to mark the occasion! This was crafted and signed by Dwayne Blackhorse, a Navajo. Don't you love the piece of turquoise added to the right of the design? It's decorated on all 4 sides.

So you can see the size. NOT big, because we still have to keep it safe for 4 more weeks before we get home!

This Native American pottery factory we visited also has some pitch-pots that I was very interested traditional Navajo practice they are sealed with the pitch of pine trees and are quite unique. I may have to go back to revisit them before we leave!

All in all, I'm having a great day, enjoying the cooler weather and feel WONDERFUL to be getting back on track! I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't have all of your positive blogs to read and relate to. Spark on!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/17/2014 8:16PM

    Happy Belated Birthday & Happy Belated Anniversary!! That is a beautiful piece..the detail is amazing

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NANCY- 7/16/2014 9:06AM

    emoticon and
belated emoticon wishes.

One thing that you well know is what you need to do for you and that is the greatest gift anyone can have.

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 7/16/2014 7:38AM

    Happy Birthday!!
Love the pottery.

It is a true challenge to maintain healthy eating and exercise while on such an extended vacation - I commend you on the great job you've been doing. Your fitness minutes are fantastic. Don't get too down about your recent nutritional choices. Wake up today and make better choices.


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FANGFACEKITTY 7/16/2014 1:11AM

    emoticon emoticon And the pot is gorgeous. I love the Kokopelli theme.

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TOVEYTWIRL 7/16/2014 12:01AM

    Glad you,re enjoying your holiday...The pot is lovely and my kind of thing too !! Belated Birthday wishes and Happy 25th Anniversary to you both x emoticon

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SUGAR0814 7/15/2014 11:38PM

    Happy belated birthday & happy anniversary! emoticon emoticon Love the pottery! Enjoy your trip! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/15/2014 8:27PM

    You are living proof that diet (and by that I just mean what we eat) is more important than exercise.
I mean, they're both important but diet trumps exercise.
Happy belated birthday and happy anniversary you two lovebirds!

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GINILEE4 7/15/2014 7:03PM

    Love reading your blogs. This pot is very beautiful and has such a special meaning for you both. I DO love the turquoise. Keep it very safe for it's journey to your home. Keep stepping in the right direction. Have the time of your life!!!!


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