Monday, September 1, 2014

Gratitude Monday -- Big Out Day

I am so happy and grateful to have gotten out for a long drive on the weekend.
This is for a variety of reasons, chief among them I was able to sit for long periods of time.
It's been difficult since the operation as I can feel my tailbone is not quite right. Certain sitting positions remain out of the question, but at least I can sit.

We went west out to the Icefields Parkway and then south to about five minutes shy of the Trans-Canada Highway and perhaps 10 minutes from Lake Louise. Much as I enjoy Lake Louise I won't go on a long weekend unless I have to.
 I am grateful my strength and stamina are returning and that I did all the outbound driving. It was about three hours behind the wheel, but we stopped here and there.

I got to see the ravages of a fire near that is still burning the Banff Park Boundary with Clearwater County (Rocky Mountain House is in said county)  the new growth in a controlled burn across the road from the aforementioned fire,  I got to see the mountains up close again, and I got to get out of the house and extend my world.
I am grateful for all of it.



FireWoodsDay 016
New growth in the controlled burn. Notice the fireweed.

9 comments:

Kimberley said...

So nice that you were able to get out for a long drive.

That sucks about your tailbone…hope it gets back into alignment soon.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Kimberley.

solarity said...

Hooray for recovery!

A kind man at the benefit/open mic I went to last night offered me a seat (there weren't all that many) and I had to explain that my hip would be much happier standing.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Mary Anne, from both me and the forest.
It's odd, isn't it, how standing can be better than sitting.

messymimi said...

Actually, even if you are totally healthy, standing puts 11% less pressure on the spine than sitting, from what researchers say.

Either way, i'm glad you can sit for longer periods and that you got to get out and enjoy your trip!

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, I've been hearing how sitting is bad for us. I didn't know the percentages.
Thanks.

Hilary said...

Here's to your continued recovery and to gaining strength and stamina. Glad to hear it, Leah.

Tabor said...

The area in which you live is so restorative and I am sure it will help you mend. Driving a car for 3 hours sounds like you are well on the way to recovery!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Hilary.

Tabor, I think you are right. Thanks.