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Mount Mingus, and beyond….

 

So we left Jerome and the Asylum.

 

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And made our way out of town….

 

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Passing what looked to be an interesting burger joint.

 

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Before we knew it, we were climbing again.

 

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I swear I never had any idea Arizona was this mountainous.

 

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This one was called Mingus.

 

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Which lead us into more snow, and the Prescott National Forest.

 

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It was rugged country.

 

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And clearly, they must have rugged cows.

 

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Up and over we went.

(Pay attention to that sign.)

 

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And down the other side to the dry grasslands of Prescott Valley.

 

 

A half an hour later?

 

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We were back at our resort…

 

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And I felt like death warmed over.

 

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It was 3:30 in the afternoon and I went to bed.

 

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Where I stayed for the next 3 days.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? This was my view…

 

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I didn’t eat, sleep, shower or get dressed….

I was dizzy, nauseated, weak as a kitten and had the worst migraine headache imaginable. Turning over in bed took more energy than I could manage.

The fourth day…. our 35th wedding anniversary for which I had big plans?

We spent here –

 

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Where I was diagnosed with severe altitude sickness and dehydration.

 

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Isn’t that romantic?

I was flat on my back…. but not the way I intended!

The doctor told me I experienced too much elevation too soon and drank too much alcohol.

 

 

I was given anti nausea meds and told to pound the Gatorade. Constantly, day and night.

I was also told no caffeine and….

 

 

 

Positively no booze.

Yes… my nightmare come true. I couldn’t drink!

It was unfathomable, but fact. Alcohol and caffeine are dehydrating and were off limits until I acclimated and felt better.

 

 

This was not the vacation I’d planned.

 

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And this was not the liquid elixir I had in mind.