Mother celebrated her 100th birthday in March. We had as fun party at Zion NP Lodge. Almost all of her immediate family were there. Many coming from the East Coast.
Unfortunately, mom is getting increasingly unsteady on her feet. So we are now providing more intense senior care. During August, I spent more than 2 weeks with her.
She loves going for rides in her car, a circa 2005 Buick with 50,000 miles on it. (It’s in almost new condition.) When I asked her about going for a ride, it is always an enthusiastic “yes” as she grabs her walker and heads for the garage.
We’ve visited Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM, and Enterprise Reservoirs. Then we decided to be a little more adventuresome. We rented a pontoon boat and took a spin around Panguitch Lake.
On another day, we tried a helicopter ride over Canaan Wilderness Area.
And after Chad (our son) and his family joined us, we took a easy 4-wheeling ride on the Joshua Tree Scenic Byway. The next day, we did some off-roading in Warner Valley. We cut mom’s participation short as it was hot and sunny and we had taken the roof of our Jeep Wrangler.
Mom enjoys getting out the house. My brother Ted has taken her over much of southern Utah and into Grand Canyon NP North Rim.
In addition to the family visits and adventures, the primary care for mom is provided by the very attentive Sherrie. Who visits every morning.