Sunday, July 3, 2011

Settling In

We have arrived at Grandma Ginger and Grandpa Bob's house.

After a rough start, the trip actually went pretty smoothly overall. We left Wednesday morning after I finished work and drove to Maryland, where we had lunch with Uncle Zach and left our two mostly-indoor cats with him while we're gone. (kitty friend wouldn't do well with apartment living and various friends will be checking in on him regularly)

We drove several more hours to Hudson, OH, where we decided we would stay that night. What we didn't know was that off the same exit where we had reserved a hotel room was one of the few National Parks in the east, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. While we didn't have time to visit this trip, we're already talking about how we can make that park part of our westward journey next summer. We checked in and ordered some dinner and then I took the girls to the pool. Sierra conveniently needed a bathroom break that brought us back to our room just as dinner was arriving. After dinner, Jason took Sierra back to the pool for a little bit before we all crashed in anticipation of our early morning.

We ate breakfast at 6am Thursday and were on the road by a little after 6:30. The GPS at the start of the trip informed us we had 8 hours of driving ahead of us, but it ended up being a 10 hour trip when we factored in stops and getting stuck in construction and traffic around Chicago for 40 minutes. Yuck!!

After unloading and dinner, I headed out for a run a little after 8pm. When I returned 80 minutes later, I was informed that Sierra had vomitted 3 times while I was gone. She continued to throw up every 20-30 minutes until after 2am when she finally slept for a few hours (and do did I). It seems she had heat exhaustion. After two days of travelling, she was underhydrated, and as soon as we arrived at my parents' house, she was out in the yard running around with her cousin. She came in for dinner and then headed back out to run some more. She was having a great time, but it was 95 degrees and humid. We just didn't consider that she was not prepared to handle that level of activity in that level of heat. She just overdid it. I took a quick shower, and shortly after that, I lay down in bed with Sierra. She slept on the edge of the bed with a bucket on the floor and every time I would hear her starting to throw up, I would lift her up and help her lean over the bucket. And then I would help her with a sip of water or gatorade, as she obviously needed to rehydrate. Poor little girl was sick and exhausted and miserable.

Friday, we kept her inside all day (which was good because it was even hotter than the previous day). She had no argument about drinking gatorade all day, and was no worse for wear. We finally ventured out to the pool a little bit after 7pm to go to Harmony's "Family Fun Night" for the end of her swim class. Sierra discovered the big water slide, and wanted to go down over and over and over again. Thank goodness Grandma had come along to hold the baby while I took Sierra down the slide.

Yesterday, I ran a 5K that was waaaaay more hilly than I had remember. I guess I blocked it from my memory. More on that later. After lunch and naps (for me too) and dinner and a trip down town for ice cream, we dropped Grandma and Grandpa off at home and met my sister and her future husband at the lake for fireworks.

We dropped Jason off at the airport this afternoon, so he is on his way to Montana. He will get in late tonight and starts class Tuesday morning.


  1. Poor Sierra! Glad you made it safe and sound! Kitty friend is doing well!

  2. Em - you are such a trooper! Sierra is just like you.