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I Must've Been Trippin': Pt. 2

The Drama: 

Zion National Park

 This is me feeling super confident the day before my drive to the Grand Canyon

My road trip through California, Utah and Arizona got off on the wrong foot... literally.  Two weeks prior to the drive, while twerking in Oakland... I rolled my ankle.... badly!  I could walk on it, but just barely.  An ordinary person would have canceled their trip and gone home.  But I am anything but ordinary!  I was going to the Grand Canyon, and I didn't care if I had to use crutches to do so.

Then a week prior to my road trip departure date,  I got a nasty, nasty head cold.  One more reason to go back home... right?  Wrong!  I was still not deterred.  It was Grand Canyon or bust.... even if I would have to hike it on one foot while high on Robitussin.

I rested my ankle, beat my cold, and managed to make it to my first destination without incident.  My first stop was Yucca Valley where I did a whole lot of NOTHING for a week.  If you ever visit this area, you will see why.  I drew, I read, I napped...  and it seemed like all of my bad luck was behind me.

After a nice dose of false confidence, I got back on the road and made my way towards the second stop.  

I probably should have done some research about driving in the desert...  or at least rented a car with four wheel drive.  Then maybe I would not have wound up like this....

Also, maybe, just maybe.... I would've known what a SOFT SHOULDER was.  I also would've known NOT to make a U-turn on it.

It took fifteen minutes of crying, fifteen minutes waving down passing cars, two minutes of digging my tire out of the sand with my bare hands, and two construction workers to get me out of that mess.

For the next three days my car sounded like there was an angry teacher scraping her nails on the chalkboard every time I made a turn.  I drove around Utah for 3 days with the windows rolled up and the music blasting so that I wouldn't have to listen the screeching.

Eventually, I figured should try fix the screeching.  Turns our I had a rock in my rotor.  The guys at Jiffy Lube removed the debris and sent me on my merry way.  

Problem solved!  At this point, I thought... what else could go wrong?  

Why did I even ask???