Happy Mother’s Day!!!

It’s still Saturday in the U.S. but it’s Sunday in Australia, and my internet has been so patchy lately (and by patchy, I mean non-existent), that I thought I would seize this brief window of opportunity to wish my Mum a happy Mother’s Day!!! I hope you’re having a lovely day. If I have reception where I’m staying tonight, I will give you a call. 

Lots of love,


PS I broke my arm

PPS But it’s ok because a member of the medical staff here has offered me a bed at her place in Abingdon for a couple of nights while my arm heals. The kindness of strangers ๐Ÿ˜‡ 

PPPS I was also hiking with a doctor at the time so he was just 10 minutes behind me on the trail and was able to diagnose my condition and take appropriate action. The kindness of friends ๐Ÿ˜‡ 

PPPPS I happened to fall right in front of a shelter where 6 strapping lads jumped to my aid, elevated my arm, created a cold compress, provided pain relief and a shoe for Doctor Junco to use as a splint, carried my pack to a road crossing & called 911. The kindness (and organisational skills) of ex-marines ๐Ÿ˜‡ 

My rescue squad (I wish I’d also managed to get Junco in this shot). They call themselves the Pro Hiker Club. They have a facebook page. You should all ‘like’ them ๐Ÿ‘


8 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  1. OMG woman, what are you like, you sound like you’re in good hands though!!! Do North Face do a waterproof sling?
    I thought you would just get arrested for trying to smuggle a racoon back through customs!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Take care you xxx


    • Haha thanks Sammy! I’m seriously uncoordinated. Taking my classy stacking skills to the AT!

      PS No raccoon smuggling. Apparently they are a common rabies carrier. Ew. But they also have that cuteness factor (like that one in Port Angeles, and Washington State under our balcony, remember?!)

      Hope all is good with you.


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  2. Dear Lou, Many thanks for your Mothers Day wishes and for all your blogs, so much to read.We are so saddened to hear you have broken your arm and are very grateful to all the people who have helped you. That won’t heal in a couple of days so what is your plan.? Where is it broken.? Hopefully they can put it in plaster until it mends or a splint like your boot. Do you think you will be able to continue? We were also sorry to hear that creep has caught up with you and sounds like he is giving you some grief. I think Laura’s idea of letting him get a good bit ahead of you maybe the answer. All is well here, Dad improving by the day. Did we tell you they think the CLLis in remission and the Oncologist doesn’t want to see him till December so New Zealand may really become a reality next year. We went to Agfest on Friday and Dad managed quite a bit of walking with a few stops together with the odd glass of wine along the way. We plan to go to the shack in a couple of weeks. The Liawenee Field day is on and we haven’t been for years so thought we’d give it another go. Dad took me out for lunch yesterday. We tried to get into several places for today but everything was booked out. It was far more pleasant yesterday, not so busy. Today we are going to the McColls for afternoon tea. It is Trish’s birthday tomorrow so a double celebration today. Loll is coming over in a week. She, Tricia and I are going to Stanley for a couple of days to celebrate what would have been Mums 100th birthday on 19th May. That’s my lot for the moment, let us know how you are getting on with your arm and if you need any money let us know. Many thanks again for all your lovely photos, the flowers are just gorgeous and I can look at them time again, they don’t need water and they don’t die! Lots of love Mum and Dad

    Sent from my iPad



    • Thank Mum ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll email again after the doc tomorrow. Stanley sounds like a wonderful adventure. Celebrating your awesome Mum’s life at a place with your Dad’s name. There’s a nice symmetry to that. Happy birthday to Trish and love to all xo


  3. Oh no sorry to hear about your arm Lou – I hope it is not serious and you heal quickly. Will you continue your adventure? You’d certainly get a lot of trail magic with an arm in a cast. K x


    • Thanks Kev. All part of the adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ The trail magic happened from the moment I fell! I face-planted in a creek but it was right in front of a shelter and there were 6 gents there to help me out. I’d heard the bone crack as I went down and was lying in the icy water with the pack still on my back, thinking: “My arm is totally $*%#ed, hike over? Too much to process. Mmmm, cool water, this is nice. Etc” – I was already in shock. They dragged me from the creek One of the guys was an ex-marine. He went into emergency response mode: elevated my arm, arranged a cold compress and called for the ambulance. Junco (also a Kevin ๐Ÿ˜Š) fashioned a splint out of one guy’s sandal, a bandana, my headscarf & some duct-tape, with his camping towel for a sling ๐Ÿ™‚ The woman who did my x-rays invited to come and stay at her house to recover. It was seriously the best handled wilderness hiking accident ever! I’ll continue. I just don’t know when at this stage ๐Ÿ˜Š xo


  4. Saw your Web page address in our register here at Braemar. Sad to hear about your arm. Refreshing to hear your spirits are still high. Holler if you need something.



    • Thanks Alex! The insurers are making me head home to Australia for treatment but I’ll be heading back to finish the trail as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚


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