Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Home Again!

Finally home after being on the road for the better part of a month. The last 10 days or so of that travel has been dedicated to an official vacation from which the following photo was taken. Special points for anyone who can identify the location.

While we were gone, I learned that 'Brass and Ivory' won the People's Choice award in the 2011 Dose of Digital #dosie Awards.  'How I Fight MS' won Silver in the Judge's Choice award. Thank you for voting and presenting the patient community voice.
There is much I'd like to share with you regarding our recent travels, but for now I am still resting and recovering.  It was very cool to be able to walk 2.5 miles in Juneau, Alaska...

...and another 2 miles in Sitka, Alaska just days later.

And to top off a fabulous trip, we were even able to spot Mt. Rainier (ie. 'the mountain') from over 100 miles away in Mukilteo, Washington.


  1. Looks like you had a great vacation. I'd love to go to Alaska!
    Congrats on winning the award!

  2. Didn't you do this last year? (ahem)

  3. It was a really nice vacation. Alaska was so great that we 'had' to go a 2nd time. I highly recommend it.

    Webster, this time it was Rob's mom who insisted that the family go to Alaska. With so many places in the world to explore, I did hesitate but am glad that we went. This time we visited 3 new places.

    We were even in Victoria on the evening of Canada Day. That was a special bonus. We got to see fireworks on 3 different days, with the last sightings from the airplane all over the city. Very cool!!

    Rob, I still want to see your photos. LOL.

  4. What gorgeous photos!!! It looks like you had a great time. And congrats on the award!

  5. Glad you had a great vacation. I have to were you able to walk so far (2.5 miles!). Is that a norm for you? Just wondering trying to figure out how to improve my mobility. Also, what was the temp if you don't mind me asking.

  6. Thanks everybody!

    Lanette, I do not normally walk distances much. When I do, my legs become numb and heavy. I develop an uneven gait and become unsteady.

    On the 2.5 miles in Juneau, I walked at two different locations. The first one was about 1.75 miles at the Mendenhall Glacier and it took me one hour exactly since I stopped to rest a few times. The ground was level and the temps were probably in the low 60s.

    The second location that day was a loop which was definitely less than one mile but had some elevation gain. Again I rested as needed since there were benches available.

    Using the cane allowed me to spend my energy in making progress rather than maintaining balance. I really should do more but with temps in the upper 90s here, I can't even begin to imagine it.