Blue's Boots

Andrea's adventures on the trail…

What’s new…

on March 12, 2013

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December 2017 – The summer of 2017 was a summer of changing plans, as in every single trip and reservation and permit had to be changed, partly due to wildfire smoke and weather conditions.  I still had wonderful trips to the Redwoods in Northern California and Crater Lake in Oregon, as well as my usual hiking around Mt. Rainier – I had a wonderful overnight trip up and over Spray Park, down thru Cataract Valley, and out Carbon River.

My highlight trip of the summer was a first for me, at Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon… WOW!  This is a very special place, and one I will definitely be going back to next summer for more exploring.

I had fairly major shoulder surgery in October, rotator cuff repair with anchor screws, distal clavicle excision, and subacromial decompression. In other words, repair of torn tendons and a whole lot of bone work. I’m using this down time to plan and scheme hiking, backpacking, and kayaking trips for next year, especially since I have my new teardrop (technically a squaredrop) trailer now!

~~ 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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