We live in a cozy little valley with Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks as our “backyard”. Meaning we traded living in the city for living on top of a super volcano but this is what we see when we go on short drives:
I can be comfortably in the pine trees in less than half an hour and deep in the back country in less than three. Probably two if I pack quickly.
Now that I know my risk of death by anaphylaxis though, particularly by wasp or bee stings, I am a little more hesitant to go too far from home. Or, rather, I should say I am reluctant to go too far from an ER where I have a better chance of survival in case my trusty epipens fail me.
With summer on the horizon, and with our shared love of outdoor summer adventures both on land and sea, I am now reconsidering my “safe range” of how far I will go and still feel comfortable enough to enjoy myself.
I mean, I can’t imagine never going back out on the lake and waking up to this view:
Or camping a few dozen miles up the road where I wake up to this view:
Or this one:
Again, I’m not bragging, well, okay, maybe a little. But can you blame me?! We live where people pay thousands of dollars to come from all around the world to wonder at the beauty of nature and it’s all ours for just the cost of groceries and gas for the toys.
We live in paradise (to us) and I feel like I am missing out by sitting here staring out the window at my neighbor’s pine trees. The ones that block the view of the tippy-tops of the Tetons which were visible when we moved here 10 years ago. Now I just see pine trees almost mocking me, since I haven’t really left the house much in the last couple of years due to my faulty mast cells.
I feel bad for our camper and boat and jetskis who must miss being taken out to play.
I do have things under much better control now and this year I think I will maybe even possibly (hopefully) feel more comfortable leaving home for longer(ish) spans, especially in our RV where I can bring all my safe foods and medicines and laptop and pretty much replicate conditions here at home.
If I never leave the RV!
Yep, there are a few problems that I need to overcome to make it more than a few steps from the front door, you see. Things like:
Bouncing along on rugged roads or waves.
You see where I’m going with this, I’m sure. Yep, it’s an entire lifestyle within a lifestyle change, really. I guess I have to resign myself to slowly trolling for fish on the boat instead of jetting around on my jetski and going to easy pull-in camp grounds with lovely views and full water, electric and internet hookups instead of roughing it way off the beaten path.
There are plenty of these campgrounds around here and they are almost always filled with young families on vacation or retiree “snow-birds” who are fun to chat with and typically come with little adorable dogs to play with, too, so it’s not all terrible. We can trade in the more rugged, back-country adventures for closer-to-home, AARP-approved ones.
Gosh, what a way to make one feel older than their years, though. It’s one thing to be an empty-nester at 44 but now this, too?!
After reading the description for my local Life Flight crew though, I thought for a minute, gee, maybe I don’t have to go soft just yet:
In a medical emergency, minutes matter. Air Idaho Rescue (A.I.R) is EIRMC’s air emergency medical transport service. Because of EIRMC’s premier trauma services, A.I.R. responds to critical illnesses and injuries within a 500-mile radius of the hospital. This area encompasses some of the most rugged, remote, and sparsely populated terrain in the United States, including the magnificent Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This isolated and unspoiled wilderness attracts thousands of local residents and visitors every year to hike, ski, raft, climb, fish and hunt, but poses special challenges when someone is seriously ill or injured. Air Idaho Rescue works to provide the most effective backcountry rescue service available anywhere. In a landscape with few roads and no towns, getting help to you, when and where you need it, is our specialty.
Then I realized that all sounds great, and I do trust them with my life, but I don’t trust my phone to make a call more than a few hundred feet from a tower. So I think I better limit my outdoor, “backyard” adventures to within the safety of my Verizon wireless signal for now.
At least we’ll be qualifying for that AARP senior citizen’s discount in a few years!
xo Michelle Dellene