Jul 6, 2013 - Personal    4 Comments

Preparing For a Time Machine Journey

“Some people say that there are no more frontiers left for us to conquer. But then again, some people still go out into the wilderness in search of their dream.”

I think that anyone who’s read this blog since the beginning knows I have a serious fixation on the late 19th century. There are two things I’ve always wanted to do that tie in to that era.

One was accomplished on 17th July, 2010, when I summitted the Chilkoot Pass.

The other will unfold in the next week. Tomorrow, I am traveling deep into the Saskatchewan grasslands, into the very heart of the prairies, and am joining a wagon train!

We will be setting up a base camp, traveling during the day, and returning to camp in the evening. This wagon train happens every year in different areas and sometimes they move camp each day, but this year the style is more that of multiple scouting expeditions. I don’t care how we do it. I am going to get to ride a horse and travel alongside wagons through the prairies!

When Charles and Caroline invited me to join them for their yearly gathering, it was planned that I would travel in their wagon or walk beside it. But a friend of theirs got wind that I know how to ride and has arranged for a part-time horse for me. So I will get to try all three modes of transportation.

This will be my first true vacation since the Chilkoot where I will have to disconnect completely. I’m not even bringing my iPad. The only concession to technology will be my digital camera. So check back Monday the 15th for news about my adventure!

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  • Hi. I was reading some of your blog when you mention how tired you were all the time. Then you mentioned not sleeping well. Has you doctor ruled out fibromyalgia? I suffered with it for years with vague diagnoses as arthritis, tendinitis, etc. Nothing fit.

    I finally found a doctor who knew what was wrong. There is no test, just a process of elimination. I take Elavil (anti-depressant) for sleep and Mobic for some pain relief. With fibro, you don’t get the needed REM sleep which makes you tired. Some doctors don’t treat it and I’m sure there are still some who think it’s a figment of our imagination.

    I go into “remission” sometimes, maybe for a few hours or few months. The longest was about 2 heavenly years. I am now back with being tired but not like it was before taking the anti-depressant.

    Do an Internet search for fibromyalgia. There is a ton of info available. Then find a doctor who treats it. You will not be sorry.

    Virginia from Houston Texas

  • Glad to hear you have been feeling so well and are off to a grand adventure. I’ve been reading but am short on time for commenting since my son and grandkids are here for 6 weeks.

  • I’m almost as excited about this trip as you are. Looking forward to your report when you get back.

  • Hope you have a grand time out on the prairie. Sounds like a fun adventure.

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