But the Stench!

Warning: This posts discusses bodily functions in a very boyish way …. You’ve been warned.

For those who do not live at high altitudes but have visited high altitudes, you may be familiar with the term “equalizing” when it comes to your body acclimating to the high altitude. It seems that according to some male species, your body must equalize through the rear end in order to regulate at a higher altitude.

In other words, there was recently a lot of tooting going on, and it was often blamed on the process of “equalizing.”

We were in Colorado and stayed in Colorado Springs and then in Mt. Crested Butte. Both are much higher altitudes than Fort Worth, TX. So, yes, we had some equalizing to do apparently.

But it wasn’t just us. It was apparent that lots of folks were doing some equalizing of their own in the week that we spent in Colorado. Not to mention any names, but the man sitting next to me on the cog railway to Pikes Peak was certainly equalizing. But if my boys are correct, it really can’t be helped — we were covering some major elevation in a quick time. Bless his little equalizing heart.

Not only the equalizing but other bodily functions took on exaggerated forms, apparently. Common conversation in our family consisted of describing the smells that were encountered in the restrooms in Colorado.

No need to send this one to the jury — poop is definitely stinkier in Colorado! Hook, line, and sinker! Or floater…whatever the case may be. They all stink!

While we camped, Elliot described the shower smell as an awful mix of toothpaste and morning poop. (Not just any poop, but morning poop! Yikes!) One morning the showers smelled of shampoo and poo poo. The shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant just couldn’t compete with the strong unpleasant smells surrounding those showers.

I agreed that the bathroom smells were so much worse there on the mountain than in TX. How in the world could that be? Weird. But true. Very unpleasantly true. I would’ve loved to have a gas mask on several occasions.

And it’s probably all too personal to be discussing on the world-wide web. But that’s just how we roll.

So, do any of you have boys that you’ve traveled to high altitudes with and had similar conversations? Or am I the only lucky one?

Now, where’s the air freshener?


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Melissa Coco on July 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    this cracked me up this morning.. thank you. I needed that.


  2. Posted by Renee' on July 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Thanks for the warning…we go to CO in August. We have that problem at our house when we haven’t been in a different altitude. I’m really afraid now! We call it the Toot Flu!


  3. Posted by Mary Mabry on July 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Been to CO many times . I have had headaches, nausea, dizziness and almost any other symptom that might be caused by the altitude, but…..this is a new one!!! Perhaps it is a family condition!!!??? Lack of oxygen? Maybe take along an oxygen tank and mask, next time?


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