Category 2018 Summer/Fall Escape

Moose in Pinedale, WY

August 28, 2018 2018 Summer/Fall Escape  No comments

Today was a really good day.  After work I headed up north of town to view the mountains.  The Wind River Range seems to extend just about forever.  The only way to really capture the extent of it is with a video.

After spending some time shooting hoops at Pinedale’s amazing Aquatic Center, I headed out for a walk along the river.  I have seen moose there several times, but was not quite ready for today’s experience.  Across the river there were four moose.  A momma, her two twins (one male, one female) and a mature bull.  Of course, they were on the trail blocking my return to the Jeep (where my real camera was stored.)

Luckily, my phone does okay with video and this was the result.

What a wonderful experience to watch the moose as they enjoy lunch.

In order to get to my Jeep, I ...

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Dramatic Exercise/Movement Change

August 11, 2018 2018 Summer/Fall Escape  8 comments

It has been almost three weeks since I escaped the heat and humidity of Minnesota. My health and ability to move has taken a dramatic upturn.

The day before I left I could not walk across the kitchen floor without my cane in my right hand and my left arm draped over my wife’s shoulder. And just to make things more exciting, I couldn’t talk.  My doctor attributes this to the motor control portion of my neurological system being affected.  The humidity and other toxin/molds in a humid environment exacerbate the problem.

So I left in our RV trailer and headed to Pinedale, Wyoming which over the last three years has proven to be a safe and healing place for me.  There is loads of sunshine, minimal pollution and the dew point is usually in the 30s.

As you can see from the following graph, I wasn’t doing very good in the first place.  (The peak around the end of April was during a vacation in Moab, another dry and sunny spot.)  As the humidity increased in Minnesota, my ability to navigate the world decreased.  I went from at least being able to walk, to shuffling around supported by my cane.

Once I got to Wyoming I was able to walk again. I usually try to get a walk in during the afternoon.  I started out slow and was really frustrated at first.  Then my trips got longer and more frequent. Recently, between hiking and general running around, I have gotten up to more than four miles per day!  Given that three weeks ago I could barely walk, that is pretty amazing.

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Chicken Sausage Salad – Hiking at Half Moon Lake

July 29, 2018 2018 Summer/Fall Escape  No comments

Since this started as a food blog, I guess I should talk about food.  Tonight I was tired so I made a really simple, yet delicious, chicken salad out of ready to find ingredients.

First, let me tell you about my day.  I went hiking at Half Moon Lake in Pinedale, WY.  Out and back was about 2.5 miles.  That doesn’t seem like much.  However, a week ago when I was back home in Minnesota I had to have my wife’s assistance to walk across a room.

Half Moon Lake, Pinedale, WY

I really hadn’t talked much about my health, but I am in Wyoming to escape the humidity of the Midwest (doctor’s orders.)  More later in another post.

It was a beautiful day.  About 80 degrees with a bright sun and light breeze. I am working on my stamina because I would really like to tackle some of the amazing trails around here...

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