1.10.2013

Vacation Precap

I'm not ready to write a full recap of our trip to Salt Lake City/Park City, so here's a pre-recap. A precap. Just pretend that's a thing.

Cold It was freakin' freeeeeezing. I can't get over how cold it was. Jacob is never one to complain about the temperature. It could be 35 or 105, it never seems to bother him. I'm pretty much only happy between 50 and 70. Nah, 55 and 68. But the second we stepped outside the airport, he yelled, "Holy crap, it's cold!" So I'm really not exaggerating. It was 7 degrees when we landed and only warmed up to 16 in Salt Lake City. Park City was a little warmer because of a weather inversion thing they have going on. The cloud cover is keeping all the cold temperatures low. The locals said these temps are definitely not common. It didn't get past 30 degrees the whole time were there. But wow, we could really feel the difference between 16 and 30.

Check out that frozen water

Chapped We had on all of our winter gear and our faces were the only parts of our body exposed, but we could only be outside for 20 minutes at a time. Both of us constantly applied lip balm, moisturizer and lotion, and still came home with cracked lips (for real, my lip bled!), chapped noses, dry skin, and red faces. We were also so dehydrated. No matter how much water we drank, it wasn't enough. And don't get me started on the static electricity. How do people deal? My hair was a disgusting rat's nest the entire time.

I finally understand the purpose of mittens. They really do work better than gloves!

Sick When we got up to Park City, we spent quite a bit of time outside, checking out the sites. At the hotel that evening I felt sick. I thought I was just cold to the core, but even after an hour in bed I couldn't warm up. I had chills and felt achy, sleepy, and nauseous. We ended up just watching a movie in bed (Lifetime Original Movie: An Amish Murder starting Neve Campbell) and I fell asleep at 9:30. The next morning I felt fine, but spent the day in the room relaxing while Jacob snowboarded. After dinner, we thought we'd find out what the night life was like and hit a bar or pub, but I felt sick again. I couldn't breathe well, I wanted to throw up, and had absolutely no energy. We were back in the hotel by 7:30. Party animals!

Ugh. Sweaty, exhausted and about to puke. Lookin' good.

Oh! Altitude Sickness Jacob finally realized I probably had altitude sickness due to low oxygen levels at the higher altitude. It doesn't usually affect people until 8,000 feet. Salt Lake is 4,200 and Park City is 7,000. But it can affect women who are PMSing (check) and those with preexisting medical conditions, like a respiratory infection (check), at lower elevations. Oh, and mix in horrible air quality due to the inversion and I have a real mess on my hands. Plus, we live at sea level and our highest mountain in Washington is at Salt Lake City's elevation. I'm just not used to this thin air crap. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, upset stomach, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and shortness of breath. I had all but the headache. Ugh!

Breathing Because my breathing was so bad, I made an appointment with my otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) the day after we got home. We decided that it was time to dilate my tiny little trachea again. So surgery is on Monday. Booooooo.

Fun Ok, enough with the negativity. We really had an awesome time. I was surprised by how much I loved Salt Lake City and Jacob has been looking at Park City real estate since we left. We had so much fun getting away together. We ate a ton of good food, saw some fun sites, had a good balance of exploring and relaxing, and Jacob said that Canyons is probably the best ski resort he's ever been to. 

Great form

Love Jacob and I really enjoy our time alone together and we always come home more in love with each other than before we left. But we miss our boys the entire time and never stop talking about them. I know they were in great hands with my parents and Nolan even told me that he wasn't ready for us to come home, but I think three days is our limit. On our last night we contemplated catching a red eye to be home when they woke up the next day. Four days is just too long while they're so young. 

11 comments:

Suze said...

Sooooo cold! I'm sorry you were feeling sick, but I'm glad you were able to enjoy your time.

I love love love Salt Lake City. What an interesting place. My husband's never been there, but we're hoping to make it out together in March.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I started getting altitude sickness on my last 3 trips to colorado and I thought I was going to die. Just die. Nothing helps. I would only drink gatorade, budlight and smoke cigarettes. This is probably why I was so skinny back then! But it is AWFUL!

Okay, 7 degrees. YOU WIN.

Karen Peterson said...

Those temperatures are definitely not normal in Salt Lake. Yikes!

I'm glad you had fun. I'm sorry I wasn't helpful about places to see, but it sounds like you managed anyway. :-)

Misty said...

Uh yeah, that's crazy cold. Looks like you guys had a great time. So sorry you have to have surgery again. At least you can relax a little after.

DrayaAnn said...

I've always wanted to go to Park City! I'm a wee bit jealous...cold temps, and all. But my sister now lives in Sun Valley, ID so it's close and really fun too so that works for me!
Hope your surgery goes well. That I am not so jealous of. :)

MiMi said...

Any kind of higher altitude gets me. I'm a wimp. Really. Bloody noses, all that yuck.
OMG post that picture of your trachea on FB for that one girl. LOL
I didn't realize it was THAT small!!!

tara said...

7 degrees?!?! that is waaayyyy too cold! glad y'all had a fun time together!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I've never really been in high altitude - I didn't realize how sick it can make you. Especially with your trachea issues...in your throat ;)

Aside from being sick and freezing, sounds and looks like a great time! So glad you two got to have a vacay together!

Jen said...

Boo for getting sick!! But I'm glad you and Jacob got some alone time. Can't wait to read the full recap! and isn't there something more permanent they can do for your breathing?

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Wow that's a lot of bummers!! Glad you were able to enjoy your time there. Hope you're feeling better :)

Gretchen said...

Sorry you got sick! I've never had altitude sickness...it doesn't sound fun!
On a happier note, I love your mittens! :)