Saturday, June 6, 2009

Road Trip to California

When I was in the hospital, I looked forward to going home to my small time in Fresno, CA where everything seemed alive and flourishing. I also couldn't wait to be with my family again because I missed them so much. I knew that I need to go back home for a while where things are the same would provide some continuity and cheer me up from everything that had happened in the last few months.

The perfect opportunity was to attend my sister's graduation from high school as a valedictorian. So off we went on a scenic road trip from Utah to California. We saw a lot of mountains and deserts for hours. We stopped briefly in Beaver for restrooms and photos in this humungous chair.
Beaver, UT. Notice the leg atrophy from the last few months

We visited AJ's grandparents in St. George, UT. It's very beautiful and developed city, very serene with tons of Californian influence like In-N-Out Burger (the only one in Utah).

With Harry
 We had a long stop in Las Vegas for a buffet (they are known for ton of cheap buffets) and to walk down the Strip. We just love the busy life here and there's always so much to see! We walked about the whole Strip taking tons of pictures of lots of the themed casinos and fun building interiors.

Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Gelato from the Bellagio, Las Vegas

It was bit tricky to take this trip so soon after the accident as we're still going through trial and error to find the best way to adapt to this new lifestyle. The most inconvenient thing that happened was stopping in a dessert town, Baker to use the restrooms at a convenience store and waiting forever for a wheelchair stall (which was used by someone who didn't need it, mind-blowing now that I actually really need it) and finding there was no toilet seat, which was a big deal because with paralysis, there is  no option of standing (sorry, it's a bit TMI), so we had to move onto another place. So frustrating. I guess this will have to be one of those things I have to prepare for from now on.

Read about my experience at home in the next post.

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