We lefton Gary’s birthday, April 25th for a week of travel on our way to . We started out at and hiked to viewpoints for the Batatakin Indian Ruins. The ancient cliff dwellings are always impressive. Next we went to , where we stayed in their primitive campground with views of the mittens, seen in many of the old westerns. By then I was craving a Navajo Taco, having spent a couple days on their reservation., and we had wonderful ones from their hotel dining room.
From there we
went to Natural Bridges. We stayed in their overflow area for larger
trailers and enjoyed the loop drive to see bridges. We has a VERY windy
down day, just relaxing. Then we were off to in . We spent 3 great days with Pam and Jim, Gary’s sister and brother-in-law. We drove to
for dinner and caching. The Crystal Geyser geocache took us to the
largest cold water geyser in N. America. It was created through a
drilling accident in the 1930’s. We weren’t lucky enough to see an
eruption, since they vary from 8-22 hours apart, but it was still
We spent our last night in Utah in the AL&L Office driveway., in . The next day we got the company truck and one 4-wheeler, which I drove on to ,
while Gary towed our rig. We stayed with Riki’s family for the next
week. Although tired, we had to turn around and attend all day classes
on water sampling and civil rights, as well as pick up 2 more
4-wheelers the next day. We were ready to relax by the time that was
over. The lot where we usually parked has been sold, so we searched
through our in town friends and were able to park our 5th wheel and
open the slides by Smith’s Auto Body. Martin even offered us
electricity, which has been great. It was nice staying at Riki’s, but
it’s always nice to get back into our home.
We're still in ,
waiting for the snow to melt, to get into our campground. They had
over 30 inches in the mountains last weekend and another 6+ inches this
week. We only had a couple inches here in town and it's all melted.
The good part is the waiting gives us time to get my ankle taken care of
before we get too busy.
I finally saw an orthopedist about
my ankle that has been sore and swelling off and on for several months.
As I feared, it’s osteoarthritis, with added stress from a 25 yr. old
fracture. The degeneration is pretty complete between the bones, with
little cartilage left. There was also a large bone spur on the front of
the ankle. I had arthroscopic surgery on the 14th, to remove the bone
spur and clean up any other jagged edges. This should relieve some of
the pain and hopefully buy some time. Fusion or a total ankle
replacement are probably in the future. Total ankles haven’t been as
successful as hips and knees, but are improving all the time. It
certainly wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but I’m sure we’ll adapt. It’s a
good thing we hiked the last fall.
Cory (Robert's oldest son) graduates this year. We were able to
attend the high school awards assembly. Cory got awards for
architecture, computer programming and will wear a special honor cord
for the National Forensic League (Debate), with his cap and gown. He’s
the middle of June, to stay with Anna’s sister. He’ll go to school
for 6 months there, studying the language and culture. Keegan, Riki's
oldest boy, is only a sophomore, but earned top honors for the math
department, out of the entire school. He was also honored by the ,
as one of the top 100 sophomores in the state and will attend a three
week summer institute program at the University of Wyoming campus, in .
Last Saturday we went to
to see our little Bowdie, born 6/25/09, at 1 pound, 1 ounce, 12
inches. He’s over 13 pounds now and doing great! We were finally able
to hold him and passed him back and forth to enjoy his smiles. Their
family plans on camping with us this summer, & it will be fun to
have them all there.
As I mentioned in the last travelog, our
cell service ranges from patchy to nonexistent at our campground, but
we do check our phones every day or so, so call and leave a message if
you’re in our area. We’ll be at campground on Hiway 150, between Utah and Evanston, WY. We’d love to have you stop by and spend some time with us.
Dancing (& dodging snowflakes) toward summer……………………………….
Hugs, Katy, Gary, Rusty and Spicy