Saturday, January 24, 2009

01/20-21/09 - Shelf Road Climbing & The Royal Gorge

Given the beautiful weather we've been having, we decided to head down to Shelf Road for a couple of days of limestone climbing. Shelf Road is in Southern Colorado somewhat near to Colorado Springs.

I was property attired given it was inauguration day.

The shirt didn't last long, and the pants were quickly rolled up because the weather was amazing!

The weather was amazing - shorts climbing weather. There were almost no other people there either. With the exception of a dog named Sasha and the dogs minions(we knew the dog's name since the owners yelled "Sasha, come here" about 4 billion times) things were super peaceful.

Both days we climbed at the Cactus Wall. No telling what we did and didn't get on. We just climbed until the sun was setting.

In the evening, we stayed in town and ate Mexican food.

Then we retired to the hotel to behold some of the best-worst television ever. We watched something called Tool Academy. AMAZINGLY BAD. I couldn't look away! If you want to learn more, see: Dave got a kick out of "Cash Cab." That is pretty fun to watch though it is not bad tv at all.

The following morning, we drove up to the Royal Gorge and looked around waiting for it to warm up a bit. It was quite beautiful there with the "world's highest suspension bridge". There is also some old train cars and fire truck. Very cool.

Plus, there were those things others put money in to look through. To us, they are simply tools of amusement! Monkey see - Monkey do!

It was a good time and nice to be outside with the hot sun. Summer can't be too far off can it?

Until summer arrives, we do have a couple of trips planned. The first takes us to exciting New Jersey! Then we'll head to Mexico for a couple of weeks of hot climbing. Can't wait!

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01/17/09 An Old Slide Party at the House

Dave and I hosted what turned out to be a riotous party at the house. The people invited were encouraged to bring about 20 old photos or slides. The images were to be at least 20 years old.

We had a great turnout with lots of very fun friends attending. Lots of good food, lots of adult beverages and lots of great conversation.
While at the party, the slides were shown to much roaring laughter and heckling. There were some hilarious photos and winners (by crowd vote) as to the best set.

Here are just a few of the really funny slides. You can see Dave's first solo attempt in Puerto Rico in 1967. I understand he freed the coconut tree about 2/3 of the way up. I could not find a record that this ascent has been completed to date.

Uh, the red pants! This is Dave in Yosemite many years ago. He's climbing with Quinn and listening to some hard rock for sure. This photo made people cry from laughing so hard!

I didn't have much that was over 20 years old. There was my kindergarten photo however. I've hardly changed a bit! Well, maybe just a little... :)

And finally, this one from circa 1993 got a lot of laughs. Where do I even start? Check out my hair, my nails and especially the way I am looking at the person next to me!!

It was really a great time. We are still snickering about the gems shown. We'll definitely have to do it again soon...

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01/2009 - Henri being silly, Bye-Bye Tree, Miscellaneous stuff

It's been quiet around here. The weather has been surprisingly nice, but we've still managed to stay around the house and get some stuff done. I'm a little behind on posts - I'll correct that today.

I don't have any photos, but Dave has been getting out and climbing in Eldo quite a bit. Winter so far has been mostly sunny and high 50s and 60s. Most of the time I look online to see Houston with cooler weather!

For now, here are some pretty cute photos of Henri scarfing breakfast at the table. He's doing really well given his near-death experience months ago.

And in other exciting news, we had a pesky tree removed from the front yard. It was far more interesting watching this happen than it was to continue working.

More post-worthy things will start happening soon...

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