Friday, September 26, 2014

2014 August Southern Utah vacation: Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Snow Canyon

For a very long time I've been wanting to go to Southern Utah and check out some of our National Parks around there.  So in the winter of 2013,  when we were talking about where to go in the summer of 2014 and I saw that an RCI exchange into the  St. George Worldmark resort was available for the last week of August, we decided to book it.  Shortly after booking it, some friends asked if we were still going to show them around Oregon in 2014.  So, our Southern Utah trip turned out to be the beginning of a fantastic 3 week long trip, with a night in Las Vegas and 2 weeks in Oregon to follow our 6 nights in Utah.  But since my blog of the National Parks is going to be so long, I'm making the Oregon vacation a separate blog here: 

http://travelingwithsue.blogspot.com/2014/10/2014-oregon-continuation-from-utah.html

Unfortunately, shortly after making our plans, I started having pulled and torn calf muscles.  After about 5 months and about 50 torn calf muscles, I finally went for physical therapy (something I've never done before).  It seemed to help, for awhile.  Didn't pull or tear any calf muscles for about 2 months, but then noticed some pretty severe knee pain.  Went to the Dr. and was told I needed surgery to remove some torn cartilage, but by then it was too close to our trip, so surgery was scheduled for the week I got back.  So, although I had a great 3 week trip!, I also suffered a lot while walking.  Ken was probably happy, though, since I didn't insist on many of the hikes in the canyon.  The torn calf muscles (in both legs) occurred again, as well as the  knee pain, so I hobbled a lot.  Really felt like an old lady!!!!

Aug.23, 2014:
We used Southwest for our air travel.  We were even able to get one STL-LAS trip free with reward miles.  That turned out to be the most expensive fare, even though I kept checking all the way up until  our flights.  The other flights did go down a bit and I was able to re book them and have a credit for a future flight on SW.  Gotta love SW and their no fee changes and no luggage fee.  We did just have carry on luggage, but checked it most of the time anyway.  We don't often fly into LAS, so I was quite intrigued by the views from the plane over what I assume were parts of the Grand Canyon.