I Feel Like a Lampoon Vacation

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-09-29 12:00:56 -0500
Started 2016-09-10 09:12:43 -0500

As some of you know, I started my healing vacation and it has been quite the opposite…bummer. Actually, the emotional healing is doing well, but the physical, not so much.

My first day out I stopped in Andersonville. A haunting place I had always wanted to visit. It was amazing (In a kind of creepy way) But I was able to enjoy that, get to my campground, get set up all before dark. Sweet.

The next day I set out on some great hiking adventures. I will try to post some pics if you want to look. I hiked High Falls in Georgia. Very rough, but worth every bit of it. Then I went on Dauset Trails and Indian Springs state park. Threw in a little calm nature trail along the way. Hanging out with the forest is always a pleasure for me.

So I get back to camp and start fixing dinner. I start to feel that shaky feeling and by the time I got my meter, I was a 34! OMG, I have never been that low, not even close. I have never used glucose tablets (which by the way were in the van down a hill and I was at camp, note to self,keep some in the mess kit) that was just plain scary. I got myself up to 88 and felt better, but I tell you. Being alone and out like that it was the most scary low I have ever had. Not fun.

Ah, but my story continues. Since I was going to break camp in the morning, I decided to start packing up my mess kit and things I didn't need in the morning so I could pull out early. I had the van almost all packed and was going down the hill with a load and managed to fall, mess up my leg and even worse, mess up my ankle. (stupid little round seeds that fell from trees rolled me on down) I was going to fluff it off, wash it up and press on, but the more I did, the bigger and more purple my foot got. Can't go hiking if I can get my foot in the boots. Dang it. So I got myself to an ER, nothing is broken. So I am on bed rest today and I am going to continue my trip tomorrow. The doctor told me 2-3 days and I should be okay…whew!

So my hiking might be limited to closer to camp. Which sucks, but like I tell people, I want to come home and tell the stories, not be the story.

So what have been some of your Lampoon vacation moments?

36 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2016-09-29 11:47:09 -0500 Report

Glad you made it back in one piece. We don't call them Lampoon Vacations, we call them Adventures because I think some of the things only happen to us.

We have:

Gotten lost in Honolulu trying to find our hotel only to have an officer tell us it was in the next block.We walked an hour looking for it.

Given the wrong terminal change at Miami Airport that took us to a terminal that wasn't finished and had us racing through the airport to catch the plane at the correct terminal.

Ended up being locked in a store in New York because a big fight broke out in one of the shopping district and people were running around with bottles and bats until the police came.

Since the 80's we have never been able to figure out why Japanese tourist wanted to take pictures with my sister. We think they thought she was a celebrity. Their tour guide had not met up with them before their tour and our tour left so we couldn't ask.They didn't speak English.

I was talked into participating in a play on a cruise by my friends and sister after the Cruise Director saw us playing Bingo. After the play, I could not go anywhere on the ship without being asked for my autograph by passengers who did not believe i was a passenger and not Nell Carter who was dead and I am taller than her. They even stopped me at the airport and on the plane. I now understand why celebrities duck the public at times. Passengers turned into the paparazzi.

I was sitting at one of the bars on a cruise and felt something on my foot. I looked down and there was a man trying to suck my toe. Needless to say he got embarrassed and people at the bar roared with laughter.

We always have something fun happen to us and we just take it all in stride and keep having fun.

GabbyPA 2016-09-29 12:00:56 -0500 Report

Yes, adventures are a good way to put it.

Now I was chuckling at most of yours, but that one with the toes...wow....that was just border line creepy. I think he would have had my whole foot in his face.

Yes, you do just have to go on, have fun and make it part of the memories.

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:17:23 -0500 Report

I am home now, in one piece. Turned out to be less ankle and more foot and toes, but it is getting better. I got a great T-shirt that says: " Scars are Tattoos with Better Stories". LOL. I had to get it.

Sorry I have not been here, but the laptop I took with me stopped working on day 4. The universe often has other plans than the ones we make...it wanted me to spend time with me....so I did. I feel good, I feel ready, I feel like a new person....so my time away did it's job. If anyone wants to see pics, visit my Facebook page (Gabby Type2) and you can see and read more about my trip.

Rockin' Ruby Buscie
Rockin' Ruby Buscie 2016-09-18 13:33:25 -0500 Report

Gabby, I'm so very glad you were able to get out there in nature plus you were able to take that great hike the first day!!! Sounds perfect!! And something I wish I could do again. The closest I come to nature is my time at my son's country home and our annual family (my mother's side) reunions. Stories like yours (without the ankle injury though) make me feel it all again. The crinkle of twigs and leaves, the scent of the woods, the gentle breeze, the sunshine peaking through the branches. God Bless you and may He help you to heal quickly!!

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:06:24 -0500 Report

All my toes but 2 are looking better and I finally got my foot back into a hiking boot on day 7 of my trip, so I did some hiking on the Appalachian Trail and some other smaller trails in the Smokies. I did get to so some even here in Florida on my way back when I stopped at the Suwanne River park and took up a trail there. My foot is not 100%, but I was determined to so some more hiking. I can't camp like I used to, but I still enjoy the open fire, the sound of critters at night and the smell of country. If it had been cooler, it would have been perfect, but the trees were starting to just turn, so I was happy.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2016-09-16 11:34:33 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about your fall. It does seem like nothing ever goes quite as planned. I remember taking a group of 10 boy scouts for an overnight camping trip. While the boys were getting tents set up, I was busy getting the cooking gear set up. As I pulled out the grill, my stomach sank. I had everything I needed to cook dinner … except propane. Haha. Guess I didn't exactly live the "Be prepared" motto.

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:02:34 -0500 Report

Isn't that was the fire pits are for? It's true, you always forget something. This is when you crack open the can of beanie-weenies and call it a night. LOL

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2016-09-11 20:28:47 -0500 Report

Wow, Gabby. That is quite a story. Glad to hear you know how to take care of yourself when you are out and about on your own. My vacations have been pretty tame compared to yours. Hope your foot heals up nicely, and soon.

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:10:00 -0500 Report

I am home now, and missing it all already. It was not as exciting as I planned it to be, but I am sure that was for a reason. I have my pictures and notes posted all on Facebook (Gabby Type2) if you want to see where I went. Some of the scenery is just spectacular.

I did scare myself two more times with crazy lows. I am not sure why I was dropping so badly, so the rest of the trip I kept dried fruit handy....but I had two below 40 and those were bad...bad...bad. Now that I am home, I will evened out. Have a follow up with my doctor this week. She can check out my purple toes. LOL

elizag1 2016-09-11 08:36:07 -0500 Report

Brave is what you are…sorry about the fall.

I went years ago to girl scout camp and, that was fun, so dark at night. I rode horses and, it was fun, I was young, but, one year we went to see Marfa lights and at night I needed to go to bathroom, but, the boys would not get up and go with me, I went and fell in a big hole, I got out and luckily I did not break or hurt myself too much…glad your ok now…I just stick to walking around here on the sidewalk…be careful!!!

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:12:47 -0500 Report

My leg has no scabs left on it and only a couple of toes are still a pretty hue of purple....but I got to do more hiking. That was one of my main goals, to find places to be with myself in nature. I love it that way.

Walking at night is very tricky for sure...I hate those night time bathroom runs. You were very lucky you didn't break anything. And it was good something was not waiting in the hole for you. YIKES

suecsdy 2016-09-10 15:10:35 -0500 Report

Glad you are enjoying yourself and finding the peace you were seeking. Sorry you hurt though. Be careful! You surely don't want your vacation to be a tour of various emergency rooms! Lol. It's a vacation, rest, relax, read a book, take lots of pictures. Sounds like you already got a lot of hiking in. Enjoy the rest of your roadtrip and tell us all about it.

Hope that's an icepack wrapped around your leg.

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 17:52:09 -0500 Report

LOL now I never thought of that kind of vacation....ERs in different states. YIKES. LOL

No, that is a selfie version of my leg, and while my calf is big, it's not that big. LOL. Just the perspective. YUCK.

I did bring two books to read, I have already taken a lot of pictures and while I did get some good hikes in, it's never enough. But for this trip, it might have to be.

Kakie33 2016-09-10 14:13:04 -0500 Report

So sorry Gabby - that really sucks! If you had done it during a hike, it would be more acceptable to you, even though the same pain.
I hope you mend soon and get back to hiking - nothing like being surrounded by nature to feel refreshed inside.
All the best

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 17:52:56 -0500 Report

I know....can you believe it? Just packing the car. Oh well, it is a sign to slow down even if I don't want to.

haoleboy 2016-09-10 11:39:07 -0500 Report

my last "vacation" consisted of visiting wineries and hanging out in a swimming pool
that's the kind of vacation us "old folks" do

Kakie33 2016-09-10 14:08:18 -0500 Report

visiting wineries - so much fun! That's what I have done over here too… I am in Bordeaux - what else is there to do around here?!!!

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 12:29:37 -0500 Report

I might have to relegate myself to that kind of vacation...but I didn't hurt myself on a hike, just loading the van....how stupid.

onafixedincome 2016-09-10 11:33:39 -0500 Report

While having a hiking pal is a great idea for all kinds of reasons, sometimes you just want to be off on your own. At least call and check in with someone regularly, eh? And as for the low—You Know Better, You Silly Human! :) ALWAYS have sugar with you in some form, ESPECIALLY if you're alone!

I keep three packets of restaurant sugar in my kit for precisely that reason—they take up very little room and can really save your butt.

Take good care of that ankle, lady—trust me, it's still gonna hurt after that 2-3 days (ask me how I know…*rolleyes*), so don't get too eager to overdo it, hm?

And remember…sometimes, a chair in a quiet spot (or a sleeping bag, or a tent, or a hammock!) can also give great soul healing time. Take care!

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 12:33:07 -0500 Report

Yep, I think that the universe is telling me my plans needed some adjusting. I love the commune with nature, but even just being in a campground can do that. So while my day hikes are out, I still plan to see the Biltmore. At least there I can take my time and rest as needed,

Yeah, I don't want to overdo the ankle now for sure. And my low at least happened while I was in camp. I hike with all my goodies like tablets, trail mix with dried fruit and so on...but it's good advice to keep it on your person, for just such an occasion.

mcmbkk 2016-09-16 14:05:08 -0500 Report

The Biltmore is so gorgeous. Commune with nature at a spa, or a ranch with some
Friendly people around, or a cabin, or a B&B farm. There are many prices and choices that I believe would allow you to commune with nature and take hikes and swim and Contemplate your naval, that sound more secure to me. I'm glad
You're Coming home to rethink a few things.

GabbyPA 2016-09-20 14:26:09 -0500 Report

I stayed in a cabin the majority of the time. Still had to share the bathhouse with other campers and cook on the open fire, but that is fine with me. I had a creek outside my door, a view of the rising full moon and the quiet of the mountains all around me. It was blissful. I did take a few more days off and read my books, wrote more in my travel journal and now....I am planning another trip up there because I fell in love with it all.

WASHED OUT 2016-09-10 14:01:51 -0500 Report

Have you ever heard the quote ,that if you want to make God Laugh, then tell him your plans ? Things go what many call badly sometimes for a reason. There may have been something even worse awaiting along your pathway and he wanted to turn your direction away from a greater peril. Sometimes even a little pain or sickness can be a blessing. Just a thought.

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 17:55:40 -0500 Report

LOL, not I had never heard of that, but it certainly is true. He's laughing out loud belly laughs right now. I always think that way, something happens to slow me up, change my course and so on is usually to avoid a worse event. I have seen it be true on more than one occasion. I see it as a blessing, though a begrudged one. Maybe I was not ready, maybe I over planned, maybe I would have gotten lost....there are a myriad of things that it could be. I may never know, and that's fine with me.

Cwinikoff1 2016-09-10 11:24:30 -0500 Report

Glad you are ok from your little mishap and I agree with Dennis, you should have someone with you on this little vacation. Look forward to seeing some pictures and read more stories on this adventure of yours.
Your friend…Carol

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 12:38:03 -0500 Report

I am going to be posting stories on Facebook. Look me up GabbyType2. You can see more there. I don't want to bog this site with that stuff. I did however post a few pics here, but our photo section doesn't work so great. So FB is a better place if you really want to see them.

WASHED OUT 2016-09-10 09:45:58 -0500 Report

So sorry it turned out badly with things happening as they did, just keep in mind things could have been worse. Gabby I think somewhere nearby you have a good friend who could accompany you on your future treks and outings, that would make things much safer and more fun as you would get to share the experience. Even if you didn't break that foot a bad sprain can take longer to heal than a break. Anything in the wilderness or outdoor adventures, we are told to go in two's and have a partner or friend along. Each can support the other. Glad you are Okay, take care of yourself.
Your Friend : Dennis

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 12:35:06 -0500 Report

Yes, and not on the friends. I needed this time alone to be with myself, deal with my grief and not be a downer to anyone who might be with me. I toyed with taking some friends (several offered to go) but opted to do it solo. It's a challenge for me in many ways, and injuries aside, it's good to do something that is hard or difficult, as it teaches me that I can do more than I think I can sometimes.

debcox 2016-09-10 14:15:58 -0500 Report

I am like that on biking also. I need time to myself. I'm headed to CA this next weekend by myself and I'm totally looking forward to the 13 hours by myself in the car.

onafixedincome 2016-09-10 11:34:50 -0500 Report

And if you don't want to be pally and chatter with someone, nobody said you had to. You can hike together and still be very much alone. :)

GabbyPA 2016-09-10 12:36:15 -0500 Report

Oddly, I do miss the friend on the hike. It's someone to share those little discoveries with when a photo or words just won't due.

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