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!
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!
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 choices...BUT...it 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!!!
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!
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 in...in 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!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Yay, heat wave in Utah! The truck temperature gauge registered 106 degrees when we were driving through Valley of the Gods. YE GODS!
Hiking has been difficult! It is 80 degrees by 8:30 am, 90 degrees by 11:30 am, and hotter than that in the afternoons. We're about 6000 feet above sea level so that adds to the level of difficulty.
ANYWAY. We got up at 4:00 this morning to do a 8.6 mile hike in Natural Bridges National Monument. We started on the trail at 6:45 am. The trail climbs down into the canyon and goes underneath each of the three bridges before climbing out. Everything started out fine but we lost the trail several times, which was unsettling since we didn't see ONE OTHER person on the hike. It ended up being a 6-hour, 10.8 mile hike! My Fitbit showed 111 floors (1,100 elevation gain) so it was quite the challenge.
But beautiful nonetheless!
TC loves the sculptural quality of the trees. It's a hard life for the plants!
This is called slickrock, and it is pure rock. You have to rely on rock cairns for trail markers.
Can you see me? Climbing down, down, down to the bottom of the canyon.
Lots of ladders to get down sheer rock faces:
Yuck! Once on the canyon floor we had to walk through lots of vegetation. I HATE THIS!!! All I can think about are snakes, chiggers and ticks...but thankfully we didn't come across any critters.
Lots of walking along the river bed, which wasn't ALWAYS dry but was ALWAYS rocky.
The last arch, Owachomo....now to just climb the 500 feet up out of the canyon!
Tomorrow is our last day here in Blanding. We plan to get up early and do a nice, safe, unexciting walk around town! Then we need to do laundry, clean the trailer, hit the car wash, post office and grocery store. But I think I've had enough excitement for a day or two!
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