Utah~Hot as the sun

A travel nurse, is supposed to travel, right? Well, while we lived in Colorado, I feel that we did much of just that. Even though the “travel nurse” is supposed to travel to work, my own definition of “travel nurse” is a nurse (me) who travelled. Doesn’t mean I have to work in many different places, just means I have to work in order to travel to different places…maybe?

September is the usual time we like to travel. The kids are settled back into school, people are getting into the routines of the season, and the weather is cooling down just a touch. We knew that we might soon be moving back to Canada and figured we had better get our butts into gear to see the surrounding states. We had already headed south the summer before and visited much of southern Colorado and heading east towards Kansas really didn’t get us that excited, so we headed west to Utah and the Arches.

Learning and growing should be part of every adventure. Going to the desert in the “off” times, is one of those learning moments as EVERYONE is thinking the same thing! Utah is HOT and going when the weather is cooling down is what people do, it was certainly busy in Moab and perhaps waiting a few more weeks for even cooler weather might have been a better choice. None the less, we joined the tourists and set out to see the amazing structures in the sand!

With 5 national parks and 8 national monuments, Utah has a healthy tourism income. There are lots of camping, hiking, and outdoor activities to partake in. We decided to camp while we were in town and probably should have made reservations; however, despite my planning nature, I was convinced that all would be ok and “no problem” finding a camp spot. After several hours driving and searching, we finally found (what I think was the last and only spot) somewhere to pitch our tent. Although we were next to a road and the morning sun heated up the tent quickly, we did camp across from a Canadian couple in an RV who were lovely to chat with!

We spent our 1st day slowly driving through Arches national park, stopping at all the pull outs and hiking around the trails and arches. It truly is amazing how these rocks and structures sit exposed to the elements. I was in awe at the marvel of the formations way out here in what felt like nowhere. We found petroglyphs to ponder and wondered the riverbank in the afternoon.

On our second morning we had planned to travel to Canyonlands. During the night we had noticed a lot of traffic headed along the road next to our camp; however, we were not aware that that traffic was going to impede our ability to get to the national park. Apparently, some ambitious biking enthusiast have a race along this stretch of this road each year. Well, getting past the finish line to go to the park wasn’t going to happen. Guess we should have planned better…

So, when faced with choices, we decided to head home. After a nice breakfast and coffee, we loaded up the vehicle and decided to leisurely head home, stopping along the way at the Colorado monument. Although the trip was cut shorter than we had originally planned it was not a waste. The landscape of Utah was spectacular and a sight to behold! I’d certainly recommend going to Utah, spending time touring the area and seeing the amazing arches, perhaps just plan the camping better!

Where have you travelled to that pleasantly surprised you the most? I’d love to read your story in the comments!

fullsizeoutput_1e3c Trudi

Life with Indy~ the car ride

Everyday I am learning something new about having a rescue dog live with us. I think the case with Indy is she has multiple factors impacting her ability to cope. One she’s a rescue and I don’t think her previous life was very good and two the hooman she bonded with was required to leave her for several months; hence why we are taking her in. Of course it’s not ideal and certainly an adjustment for both her and us, but beyond the antics, she is loved.

Day 9

It’s been nearly a week and a half that Indy has been living with us. Overall, it’s not been too bad. We’ve had a couple of adjustments to make regarding sleeping arrangements and a minor incident with a fence but we are getting there. While roaming the property and inside the house, she listens quite well and is a good doggie. I decided it was time to start venturing out with her and expand our walking environment.

On Wednesdays, I typically take my grandson swimming but this Wednesday I was tired and still had to walk Indy, so instead Tristan agreed that taking the dog for a walk would be just as much fun! So I piled Indy into the car and off we went. Her behavior in the car was pretty typical for a dog, she would sit or lay down for brief moments but mainly stood and poked her head out the window, she seemed super happy for the outing!

As we arrived at our destination, I could not have anticipated what would happen next! Yes, she was excited to get out of the car but I underestimated her!! One click of the hatchback and her head was protruding out the bottom of the hatch, I was now stuck with her half in/half out and no way to control her. Her excitement continue to build and she became forceful on the door. If I close the door, I squish her neck/head, if I open the door she’ll jump out and I don’t know what will happen from there. At this point she’s not listening or hearing my commands to sit or stay, she’s hyper focused on getting out of the car. In hindsight, I feel that she might have thought the car ride was to take her home and that we would find her master, if we could just get out of the darn car. She finally overpowered me, remember she’s 92 lbs, and was able to slip out of the car.

The next thing I new she was running all over the neighborhood, up the sidewalk and across the street. Thank goodness it was a park area and cars were moving slowly as she jetted out in front of them. The looks I was getting from drivers and pedestrians demonstrated a judgmental attitude of “control your animal”, if only they knew…

What seemed like a very long time, but was probably about 10 minutes, I was finally able to wrangle the dog and get her back to the car. I literally had to lasso her, calling her, and trying to get near her to pet her was definitely a no go. I was told that if I showed anger she wouldn’t come, so I had kept the calling light and fun, like we were going on an adventure but that was unsuccessful. I was terrified that she would run out in front of a car that couldn’t stop, or that she would just keep running; how would/could I explain that!

We did get our walk in, and the ride home was uneventful. Once home, I tethered her to the back seat of the car and we practiced sitting and waiting before we were allowed to jump out. Hopefully, this new routine is rememberers for next time. I know I’ll never forget it!

Do you have any suggestions about how to help this doggo learn new routines?

fullsizeoutput_1e3c “I think I hurt my shoulder” Doggie Momma