My wife (Robin) and I just returned from a 3-week road trip to Utah and Colorado. We visited seven National Parks, five in Utah (Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches) and two in Colorado (Mesa Verde and Great Sand Dunes). It was an absolutely amazing trip and ALL of you were a large part of it.
Because of the excellent pre-op, surgical, post-op, recovery, and rehab work you provided for me, with my left quad re-attachment (pre-op in June 2018, surgery in July 2018, and post-op, recovery, and rehab all the way through the end of February 2019), I was able to accomplish many things for the first time in my life:
- Completed numerous hikes, with most being on dirt & rock trails, two of these over two miles each and one of these having the following attributes: over 100 feet of increased elevation, all on the rim of a 2,000 foot mountain, no guard rails (one of my primary phobias!), and many stone stairways with steps up to 16 inches in height.
- Used two trekking poles and carried a 12-15 pound backpack on all hikes.
- On average, hiked/walked a total of approx. 3-5 miles during each of the seven days we were in the five Utah National Parks (the two Colorado parks were on the way home and I was pretty darned worn out by then, so we just drove through those parks, stopping along the routes, seeing the sites, and taking pictures).
I was also able to drive and ride, very comfortably, over the 4,000 miles of the trip – no discomfort in my left knee at any time!
By the way, the excellent work many of you did in 2015-2016, on my major right shoulder "re-construction", was also a key element to me being able to accomplish all of the above.
Please note this trip was something Robin had been dreaming of us taking for many, many years. She loves the outdoors and nature, but, until now, my inclinations were towards more "soft", indoor, and lazy types of vacations. However, we still stayed in hotels (I’ve only camped out three nights of my life, once when I was 13 at summer
camp, and the other two times when I was an adult leader for our son Adam’s Boy Scout troop – I was miserable each of those three nights, so that’s where I draw the line! LOL).
Being able to do this for Robin was one of the most rewarding things I’ve been able to do for her during our 36+ years of marriage!
My sincere appreciation for being such an integral part of this experience for the both of us!