Thursday, October 10, 2013

Are we having fun yet?

So here we are in Utah, on a tour of the national parks.  Except that the national parks are closed.  We drive by the closed gates, the locked restrooms, the chained-off trails, peeking in at the grandeur as we pass.  Our tour people are making the best of Plan B, taking us to state parks and feeble roadside attractions, but this is not what we had in mind when we signed on.

Then I dropped my camera on a rock, a death blow from which it will never recover.  It's frozen in the open-but-smashed-in position.  It took two days before we arrived in a town big enough to buy a replacement, thus enabling me to miss photos of the one exciting point of the tour: a plane ride over Arches National Park. 

Somewhere in there my husband came down with a cold, which he passed on to me a couple of days later.

My computer is acting strange, or perhaps it's Google, conspiring to make it very, very, very difficult to do anything with my blog.  I had to start this post from scratch three times -- if I go back to the top to resize a photo, for instance, I can never get my cursor back to the bottom where I was still writing.  It has taken me a week to figure out how to outsmart it even to this feeble level of success. 

At least the plane didn't crash, and with any luck we will be home on Sunday.


  1. oh my. I hope you have been able to collect bits - like your little parcels of found things - for some sort of art response.

  2. Well at least it's providing you with material for blog posts!!! Be safe.

  3. What a bummer, both the camera and the closed parks. At least you got the fly over, I've never done that.

  4. We have just arrived in Washington DC from the UK for a week. It is like a ghost town - no traffic downtown, no museums open, no buzz. Next stop is Olympic National Park in Washington State!!

  5. What a bummer trip. I don't suppose knowing you're not alone would help. I was listening to NPR and some guy had tried for 10 years to get a 21 day pass to raft down the Grand Canyon. He finally got it and can't put his raft in. Just the permit for the raft trip was $2000. Ugh
    Epic wrongness. :(

  6. Oh my gosh, you ARE on vacation! (I saw your previous picture first.) That just stinks. Any chance there's a refund policy for park closure for the hotels? (A girls can dream, right?)