We made our last trip to Scottsdale yesterday for Jim’s appointment with the vascular surgeon, Dr. Money. (Love that name.) He looked at the ultrasound and examined Jim’s legs and said he is fine. The clots are in the greater saphenous vein, which is just a superficial leg vein, even though the name doesn’t sound very superficial. Said the vein had sealed itself off, there is no risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism from this, and the vein had done the same thing they would do with the laser or radiofrequency procedures that are done for varicose veins. What great news! No blood thinners or surgery necessary.
Now that we don’t have to be so close to Phoenix and are free to go wherever, we just couldn’t get up any enthusiasm to move on. But we had overstayed our 14 day limit so this morning we drove a few miles from our site on the AZ Trust Land and found another lovely spot in the Coconino NF with a view of the mountains from a different angle. And we still have 4G here.
We really like Flagstaff and wanted to hang around a little longer to figure out where to spend the rest of the summer and fall. Maybe the Grand Canyon, then work our way to the Sierras in California, with a stop in Vegas to visit our former neighbors who are now living there. Plus our friends are still here, so we wanted to get together with them again.
Speaking of Maureen and Eric, we went to check out their campsite and hike a little of the Arizona trail with them on Monday. Maureen found a toad, and even wrote a poem about him. He was very cute.
Their nice looking ‘97 Lazy Daze.
Mr. Hornby. Jim just had to pet him.
On our way to the Mayo yesterday we got a large rock chip in the windshield from a passing truck. Jim took it to be repaired this afternoon but it didn’t turn out well, so they are replacing the windshield tomorrow. Seems like almost every day some little irritating thing like that has to happen.
But Elvis and Sophie aren’t very concerned. They just patiently wait for the next hummingbird.