Monday, February 26, 2018


This is what we saw on the trail on February 13 – our last hike before entering the cardiac badlands.  He was looking remarkably boneless, I thought he was dead until we saw his tongue flicking in and out.  He’s not a rattle snake, can anybody identify him?


We were on our way out to the stone hut.  It was a glorious day to be outside.


Today we walked a mile and a half in the park.  To get to the heart, the cardiologist inserts hardware into the femoral artery in the groin region and threads it up through the body. The insertion site stays lumpy and sore for a few days.  Walking is not yet comfortable.  I’m trying to get Jim to agree to pictures of the bruising (which is significant), but so far he’s not cooperating.

High winds are here, and will stay with us for a couple of days.  There will also be rain and cold temperatures with highs in the mid 50’s on Wednesday.  Pity us as we return to winter.  Kidding!  Just kidding!


  1. desert nightsnake?

  2. The Rv is getting blown around pretty good here by the Santa Rita's. Fortunately we are not parked broadside! May have to go to the gym...
    Yes we all want to see Jim's groin :)

  3. Well at least with the winter weather you won't feel so bad being inside!

    I can live without the photo evidence...

  4. Jim's lumpy groin has never gone away after four years. Hope you have better luck. I have no idea what your "friend" is but you can keep him.

  5. Way to go, a mile and a half walk already! That's the spirit. :-)) Love that framed window into the desert.

    1. As it turned out, it was a little too far. I guess this is going to take longer than we had hoped.