Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Medicine Bow National Forest, WY
Clouds above Medicine Bow Peak
Some photos from our trip to Medicine Bow National Forest. These were taken mostly at an elevation of around 10,600 ft or so and there was still way too much snow on the trails to do any hiking in the high country. Maybe if we'd brought our snowshoes though I'm not sure my knee would have been happy about that. Medicine Bow Peak is over 12,000 ft I think.
We took a just under 2 hour hike with the dogs at a much lower elevation and it was hot. Was nice to get out and stretch our legs though.
My knee has not been fabulous and I finally went to the doctor last week. He agreed that something was probably wrong but he couldn't tell what. He gave me 3 options:
1. Physical therapy
Oddly enough #3 was Jonny's suggestion before I even went to the doc. I opted for the MRI. I had it done yesterday but unfortunately the doc is out for over 2 weeks so I'm stuck staring at the graphic scans of my knee and wondering if any of the dark spots are the return of a cyst. He told me that once you get a cyst there's a 50% chance that you can get another one. He also said they don't like to open up the knee a second time which is more than fine by me but he refused to tell me what my other options are if it is a cyst. He said let's not worry about the worst case scenario right now. I suppose there are worse things than 2 more weeks of denial.
I've also realized that Regionals has crept up on me. They start on Friday which is a day and a half away. I lost track because of the seminar over the weekend. I wish I was more excited about it. Running Cody in Grand Prix finals will be fun, I'm looking forward to that for sure but the rest of it, meh, whatever. I feel like we've been there, done that. I entered Lola in Team, I don't know why, she's already qualified for the year and I'm not planning on going to Nationals anyway but I thought it would be fun. She's teamed with Moola, a big black poodle who was her teammate when we qualified last Oct. so there is no pressure at all. Plus her owner is nice and realizes the importance of having fun and not taking things too seriously so she's a perfect match for us. 'Team Moo Lo La!' reunited for some fun. Cody is not doing team, he's so inconsistent and it's too many runs for him. It will be nice not having to charge back to the crating area to get dog #2. He'll be pissed at not getting to run but oh well. Hopefully I'll be a lot more rested and focused than I was 2 weeks ago since Regionals is only 45 minutes away and I get to sleep in my own bed.