Perfect escape before surgery, can't beat Moab in the fall. I hope your surgery went well and your recovery smooth and quick. What level are you getting cut? One fusion and one Micro discectomy? is that correct? I had l4/l5 fused this past March and am doing pretty well. Wish my rig was running I would do the same thing as you did, getting my second knee replaced Monday the 21st, instead I will be splitting several cords of wood.
Very nice pictures and follow your PT