Sunday, May 20, 2018

LIFE FOREVER CHANGING

It has indeed been a while since writing a blog post! What has been happening with Don and Cheryl? Life has been happening! We have experienced a lot of changes over the past couple of years.

 At first, my only excuse for not writing was laziness and lack of anything to write. Since my last post, we have taken trips to Lookout Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gulf Shores and Red Bay Alabama; then our lives took a somewhat expected, yet traumatic turn!

Early in my life, doctors who treated me would hear a mild heart murmur. I finally visited a Cardiologist in 2001 and was promptly diagnosed with early stages of aortic valve stenosis. It was mild at this point; he told me we would follow up regularly. The "follow up strategy" continued until November 2016.

Upon reviews of the last echocardiograms and ultrasounds, my Cardiologist prognosis was that I needed aortic valve replacement surgery. He also recommended it happen sooner than later!  I was shocked by his conclusion, although not unexpected, my aortic valve was failing to do its job! My initial reaction was, "maybe after the Escapees RV Rally"! Amazing how the mind works when in shock!

I quickly discovered, waiting was not going to be possible. The simple task of rising from a chair, walking outside the coach had become difficult and left me short of breath. After consulting with one of the best heart surgeons in Louisiana, we scheduled the surgery for January 31, 2017.

My surgery was successful with no problems (at least I was informed of any). There was a slight problem in ICU with AFIB, but thanks to the efficient nursing staff and an excellent heart surgeon I survived!

My recovery was reasonably quick, thanks to Cardio rehabilitation. Six months after my heart surgery, our adventures on the road continued sporadically. Our first trip was to Red Bay Alabama; we finally had the motorhome remodeled as we planned before the operation!
We are now making preparations for a short stay at Gulf Shores Alabama in June. After a little time with family at the beach, we may head to South Carolina to visit with more family. We hope to increase our trips gradually and increase my blog post as well.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE VISIT

Tuesday August 18

Expecting a fun filled day today; I was up early. First on the agenda was breakfast with friends we had not seen since the 2008 RV DREAMS RALLY!  A couple  of days ago I received an invitation from Ginger and Jesse  to join them and some other friends for breakfast this morning. Our breakfast group consisted of Ginger and Jesse, Marilyn & Ed, Ellie & Jim, Janet & Bob, and Jan & Eddie. The breakfast was good and the conversations enjoyable, it just was not enough time. Hope to spend some more time catching up later.

After breakfast we headed out to Royal Gorge in Canon City to see the Royal Gorge Bridge.

the gorge...
 

 
the gorged...
 
 
the gorgeous...
 
 
the ride over...
 
 
 

 the bridge...

 
the ride back over??
 
 
 




the butterfly.....










 
Need to go have more fun now.
God Bless us all......
 
 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

TOURING THE COLORADO SPRINGS AREA

 
Saturday August 14
 
After we had our morning coffee and some hybrid cantalope/honeydew melon for breakfast, we decided to get out and do some sightseeing. First stop on our tour was the Garden of the Gods visitor center, where we learned about the area wildlife.
 







  

Wow, hope we don't see any of these on our tour!
 


a new friend?
 
Once we toured the visitor center, the self-guided walking tour began.
 

 
 

 

 



 


 
 
 
 


 


After the Garden of the Gods, we headed up the mountain towards Woodland Park (the city above the clouds). Along the way we stopped at Cave of the Winds and the North Pole.

We were too late for the cave tour. We will return for it later in the week.
 

 Cheryl did make a new friend though?


Our next stop was closed as well, but I got a couple of pictures anyway.
 
I think Santa is on vacation.
 
I think that is enough touring for the day. We returned home in the dark, unusual for us young'uns!
Til next time, God bless us all......


Saturday, August 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTE FE, TOURIST STYLE

Saturday-- Aug 15

We are now in Colorado Springs, Colorado staying at Pelegrine Pines FamCamp on the Air Force Academy grounds. Our pace has slowed a little from the tourist/vacationer mode we were in from day one of our "escape the heat" adventure. We moved from Colorado City to this site yesterday and the only thing we did upon arrival was set up for at least a week stay, then relaxed! I am up a little early this morning writing this post (0600). I believe once Cheryl is up and about we may visit the Garden of the Gods and then just explore the Pikes Peak area at a leisurely pace.

While I await the glorious awakening of the love of my life; I will attempt to post some pictures of our fast pace adventures in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Pueblo.


Ready to start sightseeing....

on the road ......
 
Sante Fe.. first stop church....

and after church..... 

 what else but....
 
 
 
back to Abuquerque...
 
to Sandia Peak....

no, we didn't ride to the top, visibility was not great due to clouds and rain at the top....
 
 
These next pictures are at Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, downtown Pueblo, Colorado..
 

 









 
 
 Well that is enough pictures for now, but more to come!  God bless us all......