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Hiking Fiascos

#grandtetonnationalpark #hiking #fail


So recently, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary...crazy! We had planned on going to New Zealand to commemorate the big milestone, but COVID. Instead, we decided to go to another place where we could socially distance fairly easily- the Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, WY. If you've never been there, it's an add to the bucket list!


After having some issues getting there with delayed and canceled flights, lots of Uber rides, and missing a day or so of vacation, we finally made it. The Jackson Hole airport is small, but very nicely done with the rustic chic lodge feel. My husband and I got to our resort and planned out how to spend our very short getaway time. I feel like I should also mention that we NEVER get date nights or getaways due to having a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old, so this was special! Our boys were visiting their grandparents in South Dakota.


We ended up only having about 1 full day for activities, so we decided to do some hiking in the Tetons. There were so many trails, but we went with one around Jenny Lake, as it was highly recommended. The Cascade Canyon Trail was BEAUTIFUL! I think I took about a million pictures!




After reaching different destinations like the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, we decided to head back down to get some lunch. Well, this girl took a hard spill on the descent🤦. I have horrible ankles (thank you, gymnastics) and very little stability anyway, and I must have stepped wrong. I ended up rolling my ankle and faceplanting in the dirt. Luckily, there were only about 20-30 people around to see my spectacular episode. My phone had went flying, but had not cracked or broken! Unfortunately, I had torn my (favorite) leggings, which pre-occupied me at the time 🤷. I had felt a snap and immediately the outside of my left ankle swelled to the size of a baseball. My husband and some kind fellow hikers rushed to my side. This is when the fun really began! Because we were on the descent, but not yet to the bottom, I had to hike out with the help of my husband. Then we had to get onto the ferry to cross the lake, hike back to the rangers' station, and eventually got an ice pack. Long story short, I got referred to the urgent care/emergency room due to suspected fracture.



I went to the urgent care where X-rays were taken, and distal fibula fracture and ankle sprain confirmed. Left a long time later with a wonderfully clunky walking boot and crutches. Fun fact: the park ranger intern that initially saw me ended up being the urgent care doctor's son (small-town idiosyncrasy). So much for our day of hiking, or doing anything else outdoorsy for that matter. We made the best of the remainder of the day driving through the scenic passes and getting dinner at a yummy steakhouse.


Somehow, I think that mountains have something against me, as I tore my ACL and meniscus the last time I was in the mountains skiing 🤔. Oh well, at least all these injuries build upon my empathy for people going through rehabilitation, and first-hand knowledge to share with patients!


-Sierra



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