Test results & I need your recommendations

Good Monday morning to you!!

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{And be comfy}

I met with the podiatrist last week for my test results. The blood work came back 100% normal and the MRI showed no signs of fractured bones, but it did show a muscle strain between the 1st & 2nd metatarsal. I’ll take it!

Since the sesamoid area has been a source of pain for close to 3 months and didn’t respond well to PT, we did the blood test to rule out an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus & some others. Thankfully it’s just a strained muscle which has over time, healed itself. He is also having custom orthotics made that should help “little miss skinny foot” as my podiatrist so lovingly calls me.

So onward and upward!!! J is running again and it’s 100% pain free. Miracles do happen my friends!!

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In other news, Mike & I are leaving for vacation soon and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Nervous, but mostly excited. We’ll be flying into Vegas, renting a car and traveling through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona, and back to Vegas. Lawd help our marriage survive this trip. Ha! 😉

We don’t have any set plans or scheduled hotels so hopefully some place along the way will have a room each night. This trip is a little (okay a lot) out of my comfort zone, but you know that whole YOLO thing. Yah, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Mike would rather figure things out as we go, but the Type A in me has to ask the locals or folks who have visited in the area for recommendations. As someone who lives in a touristy area, I’m always stoked to share our favorite places & things to do. So if you live in one of these states we’re traveling to, please leave us your recommendations in the comments!

Major cities on our list are:

Moab, UT

Denver, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

Grand Canyon, AZ

Mike is stoked to see Colorado & possibly do the Breaking Bad tour since he is a huge BB fan. I’m excited to see the Grand Canyon. My obsession with it started when we visited the Hoover Dam last summer and found out 400ish miles was too much of a day drive for us at the time, but since then I’ve wanted to see it one day.

Do you have a summer vacation planned?Where are you heading?

What places are on your list to visit?

Austin, Texas, Nashville, TN Seattle, WA, a warm beach in Mexico & Phoenix, AZ are on our list. And now I need a second job ha!

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17 Comments on “Test results & I need your recommendations

  1. Grand Junction, CO should be on your way from Moab to Colorado Springs and is a really awesome town! Great beer, food, downtown, and people (Kannah Creek Brewing has great beer and yummy food!). Near Moab is Arches National Park = amazing!

    • Gonna have soooo much fun in CO. I can’t wait to show J that whole beautiful road thru the Rockies. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  2. congrats on the great test results and the PAIN FREE running!!! 🙂

    I would be scared sh**less to travel without hotel plans, but I know people do it all the time and I think it will make for an excellent adventure! Can’t wait to se the pictures!!

  3. Got a little excited when you said through AZ… the grand canyon is no where near the cool people. Obviously hiking is big at GC and if you guys get the chance (not sure how the river is flowing), but a totally different perspective of seeing GC is by going river rafting. I see a lot of fountain watching in LV in your future. Have fun!

  4. That sounds like so much. Then if you decide you like a place you can stay longer and if not keep moving . Also, you should come to the Phoenix area, such good food and views, like dasilentassassin said, it is where the cool people are. 🙂 The Grand Canyon is amazing, no words can describe it. Have a fun trip.

    • I’ve been to Phoenix several times, we are gonna make that happen soon too!

  5. I’m gonna add to Amanda’s comment, first… Just after Grand Junction you’ll hit Palisade, which is Colorado’s wine country. There are tons of little wineries that are cute, fun, and cheap (like, $3 to taste seven wines). It’s definitely worth a stop if you’ve got the time.

    In Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is amazing, and if you venture off the paved paths onto the trails, you’ll get unique views and a fraction of the crowds. The Air Force Academy might be interesting to your hubby, too. The Cheyenne Mountain zoo is cool, too — one of the most unique I’ve seen (you can get face-to-face with giraffes!)

    In Denver, you’ve got to hit Red Rocks (bonus points if you can catch a concert), and you can hike some nice trails either around Red Rocks itself or in Matthews-Winters Park right next to it. If you’re into museums, Denver has some cool ones — Nature and Science and the Denver Art Museum are cool, and the History Colorado Center has a lot of interactive exhibits. I’d skip the 16th Street Mall, which shows up on a lot of tourist brochures and such, but it’s a bunch of chain and souvenir stores, homeless people, and sketchy people smoking pot. There are a lot of cooler places to go. The food and beer scene in Denver is great, too!

    I hope you have a great time!

    • Yo Red,

      All that sounds cool. $3 for 7 wines! Lay down a $20 bill and let it pour!

      I’m into history, so I like the idea of seeing some museums and just the plaques on the side of the road that say. “On this spot in 1874, a guy by the name of Jerky Joe got kicked in the nads by a horse. That horse went onto live an uneventful life at the OK corral in Tombstone, AZ, but he died before the famous shootout in 1881. The horses name was, Loose Marbles, get it? Cause he smashed ol Jerky Joes’ marbles”

      It took me 10 minutes to write this, and I did tone it down for the blog. It made me giggle the whole time.

      Thanks again

  6. If you’re up for it, a must-do in CO Springs is The Manitou Incline. I have friends who live there, and when I visited climbing the incline was liberating! Enjoy your vaca!

  7. I would recommend Zion & Arches National Park in Utah. In Zion you MUST hike Angel’s Landing, in Arches you have to see Delicate Arch. Angel’s Landing is scary the last 1/4 mile, but you don’t have to hike that part if you are afraid of heights. The view is absolutely stunning!

  8. I cannot say enough awesome things about Moab!! Pasta Jays for dinner is always a must and Love Muffin Cafe for breakfast and coffee is even more of a MUST. The hiking is awesome, Arches National Park is insanely busy, so I’d suggest doing the hike to the Delicate Arch as a sunrise hike if you do it. Canyonlands right outside of Moab (right before you get into Moab) is also awesome.ENJOY IT! It’s a blast down there!

  9. My dad is a traveling physician and recently took a job to work at the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for a few weeks. He got to travel to their INSANE waterfalls (seriously, google that business) when he was off duty. I’m not sure how easy it is to get down there on a quick trip (he had a lot of special permissions as the tribe’s doc), but definitely check it out if you end up being able to, or put it on your bucket list. It looked incredible.

  10. West side Flats in Moab is owned by my friend and former coworker, Ellyn. She’s a riot and super nice! Beautiful place. Hope you have a great trip! Here’s the link to her place: http://www.lodgingmoab.com/

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