Moving Right Along

Bill and I worked Thanksgiving Day, and oh what a day of excitement it turned out to be…

We opened the pay booth at 8:00 A.M. and all was going well until about 10:00 A.M. when I took a phone call from a desperate father telling me that his son had an accident on his mountain bike out on one of our 20 miles of trails here at San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

In training we learned how to handle emergencies and the very first thing we have to do is find out exactly which trail the accident occurred on and try to pinpoint the exact location on that trail. Of course, when your child or loved one is hurt, the person you are talking to on the phone doesn’t always know all the information you need to locate them and send help. We can’t just call 911 and tell them to go find someone within the park that is over 10,000 acres in size and hope they get lucky enough to come upon the injured person. No, you have to get a phone number of a person that is at the accident scene, the name of the injured person, and if they happen to know what trail they are on, what landmarks might be within sight. Most of the trails loop around and run into other trails so it is very important to try to find an exact location so emergency staff can find them as quickly as possible…

While I was trying to get the needed information from the father, another park host was calling 911 to get them here as quickly as possible. The father told me his son hit a rock and flew over the handlebars head first. The boy was not wearing a helmet so of course he suffered head injuries, and he was unresponsive…

As I was talking to the father, letting him know 911 had been called and they were on the way, a helicopter from Maricopa County Sheriff’s office arrived. I captured this picture after the helicopter rescued the injured boy and was flying him to a transport helicopter.

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Within minutes of the Sheriff’s helicopter arriving, a second helicopter arrived and landed in a field just outside the San Tan parking lot. The Sheriff’s helicopter hovered over the second helicopter, and transferred the patient to the second helicopter that flew the patient to the hospital. If you look closely in the picture below you can see the second (yellow) helicopter just under the Sheriff’s helicopter…

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Of course the Fire and Rescue trucks arrived on the scene as well and helped keep traffic stopped while the yellow helicopter was preparing the patient and getting ready to take off.

Unbelievable how some people just can’t look from a distance and not get in the way of the emergency responders… But people were trying to get out of their cars and trying to get right up by the helicopter’s to take pictures… The pictures I took were from the enclosed area where our motorhome is parked… well out-of-the-way of any emergency responders…

Later that day we learned that while the boy had a concussion, and would be laid up for a while, he would eventually make a full recovery.

We moved right along to finish our Thanksgiving Day shift, then enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day meal with some of our fellow park hosts, Robert and Toni, then ended our Thanksgiving Day watching the most beautiful sunset from our patio..

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and gave thanks for the many blessings in our lives…

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Now it’s time to move right along and focus on enjoying this beautiful Christmas Season… Just a few finishing touches on our tiny home and we are all set.. After all…, Mr. and Mrs. Christmas live here…

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This is Bill’s Mr. Christmas hat on his mirror

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and this is my Mrs. Christmas hat on my mirror…

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A few splashes of red in the flowerbed..

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a few more lights placed around the motorhome

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and I say we are all set to move right along with Christmas.. 🙂

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Stay Tuned!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 21:44:02

    Quite a bit of excitement for one day that you really didn’t need. Thank Gof the boy was ok and not hurt any worst than a concussion. Your motorhome is beginning to look like Christmas and it will very different for you but very charming and you will make it feel warm and cozy. It’s so exciting and challenging to do something deferent and look at the experiences and all the great people you’re meeting. Not too mention the savings. You guys are enjoying your new adventure and we think it’s awesome 🎄☃. Love you , now try not to have too many more emergencies on your shift, but you handled it like a pro! 🎄⛄️

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    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 01, 2015 @ 13:20:01

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. We just love our new lifestyle and are enjoying every minute of our retirement… Love and hugs to you and yours. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas season! XoXo

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  2. gotham girl
    Dec 01, 2015 @ 17:54:56

    Mr and Mrs Christmas! You handled it like a pro! Just like all the major events at corporate, lol! Can’t wait to see the decorated digs close up! Just arrived in Hanoi…and totally not in the correct time zone…so drinking a little red in hopes to mellow out and hit the hay! Love you two!!! xoxoxo

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