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Day 266: On a month-long vacation

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We have been on vacation since the end of August, and most of the time we've been on the go or without Internet, so I haven't written a blog in a long time. We left Texas and drove to Albuquerque to see one of our sons who lives there. Then we went to Colorado to visit my sister for 1 night, then to Walden, CO to see the moose, then to Jackson Hole, WY for 2 nights (moose, bison, elk, bear), Yellowstone for 7 nights (geysers, bison, moose, elk, bear), Glacier National Park for a few nights (moose, elk, bear), then headed south again. We did manage to stop at Arches National Park on our way south and now we are in Colorado again for 9 nights (7 with my sister.)

I have no idea what my weight is, but I'm guessing a small weight gain - which is fine. I've eaten whatever I wanted and have not really worried about calories. However, according to my activity tracker, I walked 162,000 steps which is about 81 miles. I'm happy to report that I haven't had any trouble walking except for getting a little short-winded in the high altitudes. We are now at 9100 elevation while we're here in Colorado and I've been able to walk up the steep hill of the driveway where we're staying without having to huff and puff and once I get to the top, I have to walk up 1 flight of stairs to go into the house. I haven't had any problems with that. In fact, I've only gotten winded twice on this trip. Once walking the South Rim trail at the Yellowstone Falls which is only about a mile each way (we walked to the end and back,) but very steep in several places. The other time was at Arches National Park when we walked up to a view point. It wasn't a long walk but it was uphill the entire way getting there. Some of the steps were too steep for me (due to very arthritic knees), so I had to walk next to them instead of on them to get up to the view point. I had to stop and catch my breath 3 or 4 times along the way. Every time I though we had reached the top, it turned out we had more steps to climb around the corner. Coming down was easy on my lungs, but hard on my knees. A couple of times, my husband held my hand so I could step off a particularly high stone down to the next one.

I'll post photos when I return home, but here is one of a moose in Jackson Hole, WY (taken with my cell phone.)

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