Vital Care PT - July 2018


JULY 2018


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Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. For as long as my kids can remember, our family has spent Independence Day at my grandparents’ cabin in Forest Lakes. Although we’ve missed the last couple of years due to other vacations (and let me tell you, the kids were not happy about it), we joined my parents and my sisters’ families up there this year to continue the tradition. Forest Lakes is a tiny town on the Mogollon Rim near small lakes. It only consists of a library/ church, a fire department, a general store, one restaurant, a lodge, and some cabins. However, there is a bigger town called Heber nearby, which is where we go for food, activities, and to watch the fireworks. Every year, our family sits in an area behind the Heber high school that we’ve affectionately named “the junkyard.” The kids compete to find the coolest treasures. The first time we sat

in the junkyard, it was a little weird, but we’ve gotten used to it. Once it gets dark, we have to be careful where we step so that we don’t trip over anything. We’ve been setting up our chairs in the junkyard for as long as I can

remember, and in my opinion, it’s the best spot to watch the fireworks. I have always loved our trip to Forest Lakes. The

Each year, the fire department in Forest Lakes hosts a pancake breakfast that Saturday morning, and

community is small, the people are friendly, and there are so many things for us to do during the

our whole family attends. It’s only a few dollars to eat unlimited pancakes, and the money goes toward making sure the fire department has enough supplies to outlast the dry summer. They also host an ice cream social, which is a fun way to meet our neighbors. According to the kids, the best part of our trip is the Independence Day parade. Since the area is made up of dirt roads, most people get around on their ATVs. To celebrate Independence Day, people dress their ATVs up in festive gear, drive around Forest Lakes, and toss candy to eager children. The year we finally got to go to Hawaii for the first time, we had to miss out on our Forest Lakes Fourth of July trip. The kids were so disappointed that they were going to miss the parade. They couldn’t fathom Hawaii being better than the candy! Overall, it was a great trip, and we were happy to be with our family for the holiday. I hope you had a great Fourth of July. We look forward to seeing you soon. –Andrea McWhorter

“I have always loved our trip to Forest Lakes. The community is small, the people are friendly, and there are so many things for us to do during the weekend.” weekend. We spend a lot of time conversing around a fire pit, but we also barbecue, hike, go four-wheeling, canoe, and fish. We also play cornhole, ladder toss, and tetherball — or rather, the kids play tetherball. We dug out a go-kart track for the kids, which gets used on a daily basis, and there is an area for BB gun and archery target practice. There is no internet service, so we stay disconnected, with the exception of cellphones for emergencies and taking pictures only. My grandparents’ cabin sits on about an acre of land, so there’s plenty of room for activities and family softball games. | 1

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