Blue's Boots

Andrea's adventures on the trail…

What’s new…

on March 12, 2013

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July 2018 –  I had a wonderful 3-week trip to Ireland and Scotland in May – I got to cross off hiking in the Scotland Highlands from my bucket list, it is so beautiful there!

My daughters and I just spent several days at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. I’ll get to spend time at Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens with my niece and nephew, which will be a first for them. Backpacking the Eagle Cap Wilderness is on my list again this year as well. Hopefully I’ll finally get up to North Cascades National Park this year, those plans all were cancelled last year due to extreme wildfire smoke. I also got a permit for the Northern Loop Trail at Mt. Rainier for this fall.

I’ll be heading to Wyoming and South Dakota for a trip this summer (again, with my new trailer) and I can’t wait to spend time exploring areas new to me: Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Devil’s Tower.  I’ll be taking my kayak with me, and am looking forward to learning a new way to travel with my little home on wheels.

UPDATE: I’ve just booked permits for 3 of the New Zealand Great Walks for next year: Abel Tasman, Milford, and Heaphy. MAJOR BUCKET LIST TRIP!!!!  I’m still pinching myself that this is real 🙂

~~ Andrea ~~


4 responses to “What’s new…

  1. Dennis LeGear says:

    Awesome. Love checking maybe twice a year. Meet you on the knee forum you are inspirational.

    • bluesboots says:

      Thanks Dennis! I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to bounce back from eight knee surgeries and still keep hiking and backpacking and snow-shoeing.

      • Dennis LeGear says:

        My time has come. TTT MPFL and LPFL (Maybe) Dr. Robert A. Teitge, MD Feb 2nd. Strange my knees have been feeling good this winter. My wife thinks it is trying to escape. I never had a problem with frequent dislocation. Just really bad pain for long periods of sitting and exercise induced pain. Hoping for the best. I know you had doubts when you went on good hikes before. How are they now?

    • bluesboots says:

      I’ve heard good things about Dr. Teitge 🙂 I had TTT and lateral release, but no MPFL or LPFL. The rehab was long and hard, but it gave me my life back and I’m doing things now that I never thought I’d be able to do. Just played racquetball this morning, and could NEVER have done that before. While you’re in rehab, make a list of the things that you want to do that would have been too painful before, and focus on those. It’ll help you get through all those PT appointments and give you some good goals to focus on. Good luck!

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