Thumb bummer!

On our second day in Jasper National Park, my brother-in-law, Jai, and I decided to hike the 3.7 km Maligne Canyon Trail. Although a bit rugged for me to carry a paintbag to and fro, I carried my sketchpad and camera to record some ideas for a future studio piece of the falls. It’s amazing to see the “potholes” that the forceful water creates in the solid rock of the streambed, and even a slow-moving eddy of water caught in one of them, all surrounded by the lush hygrohypnum moss commonly found in this area.

The Third Bridge, Maligne Canyon

The Third Bridge, Maligne Canyon

I finished the sketches and photos, ate lunch in the Tea Room at the top of the falls, and began walking back down to the car. Wouldn’t you know that a few minutes later, as I joked with some other folks I’d met along the trail, my toe caught on a tree root and down I went, severely spraining my right thumb as I caught myself.

Thumb bummer

Thumb bummer

Dave called it a “Thumb Bummer” since I couldn’t hold a paint brush or pen at all. Fortunately the old acronym RICE — Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation — a few doses of Advil came to the rescue, and in three days I recovered enough to gingerly hold my brush again. Yea! Although still sore, this country is way too beautiful to let a thumb bummer get in way of painting it!

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  1. We’re glad it wasn’t worse. Otherwise you would have had to duct tape your brush to your hand — hey, that might have produced some interesting perspectives on your subjects. Karen and I have been enjoying following your adventures, Susi. You’ve certainly come up with some wonderful pieces.

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    1. Thanks – I did bring along the Gorilla tape – which I think is the best duct tape around. Fortunately, my thumb is much better and although it’s still difficult to do sketches, I find that there are many ways to hold a paint brush.

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