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25 Feb

Well, it’s been a while. Life happened and I’ve been absent from the world of blogs. But, I’m ok with that because in the time I’ve been gone from blogging, dreams were realized, a new year began and best friends have wed. More to come on the details but in the meantime I’ll leave you with a view from Route 36 looking west to the beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.


Boulder Firsts

16 Oct

It’s only Saturday evening and it’s already been a fantastic weekend.  It all started on Friday afternoon when I walked into the kitchen at work (yes, I have a new job – wahoo)!  We  don’t just have any ordinary kitchen at work though, it’s almost fully equipped with a refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, dishes, microwave – basically everything you need except a stove and oven.  For a work kitchen, it’s pretty deluxe.

Well on Friday afternoon my best guess is that someone really had a craving for camp cooking or they were testing out a recipe for a future issue of the magazine because they whipped up something tasty on this sweet camp stove!  I’m so glad that part of someone’s job at my office is to test trail recipes out on the camp stove.  Nice!

After work I made my way into town to meet up with my friend Chris, from Jackson, WY.  We grabbed dinner and his dog William kept us company.

Chris was in town promoting Teton Gravity Research‘s new film Light the Wick. The film captured a bunch of skiers sometimes gliding, sometimes falling down huge mountains in Alaska, Croatia and Jackson, WY.  

Part of the film included a 3-D segment; while the idea was great the execution was poor in this particular flick.  Although the 3-D effects were lacking, the glasses rocked.  Here is Gewn sporting the custom made specs.

On Saturday morning, the bunch of us (Chris, Gwen, Erik and myself) decided to climb the 3rd Flatiron.  Truth be told, this was my first multi-pitch climb ever.  I’ve climbed in Alaska once while on belay from a top rope but this was a new experience.

Here, Chris scopes out the very crowded route.  He was a stellar climbing partner and I felt completely safe with the gear he placed and the route he suggested.

We reached the summit a few hours later.  It was a great newbie route because at some points it was like climbing a ladder with the excellent foot and hand holds.  The view was stunning and you could see for miles.

The great Saturday was topped off with a great dinner with Paul, Patricia and Sean.

Going West!

10 Oct

A week ago today I arrived in my new home – Boulder, CO!  After two days of driving, 1,216 miles, a Topeka, KS hotel, a few tumbleweeds and beautiful scenery, I arrived.  I thought I might have more to say about the solo road trip, but I’ve spent a week mulling it over and I’ve concluded that the road trip was simply part of the journey (literally and figuratively) — a journey that began months ago when I quit my old job to pursue my passion.  Thankfully, the journey continues!  But in the meantime, here are a few pictures.

Dad and I spent about 3 hours putting together and installing my Yakima bike racks – luckily, once they were on the roof of the car, the bikes were fantastically stable!  Thanks Dad.

St. Louis, MO drive-by, taken about 5 hours into my trip on day one.

Ta-da!  Welcome to Boulder!