so long fall, hello winter!

adventure date: November 2nd, 2014

I want to cry right now. Why? Fall is slowly disappearing and it is pretty dang sad. Fall is the best season. Don't even try and argue with me on that one because you will loose. Fall is beautiful with all the bright warm colors and changing leaves. The days are warm and perfect to get outside and explore nature, and the nights are cool and perfect to cuddle up with someone (or a wonderful 4 legged friend) and drink cider. There are so many fun festivities going on, and pumpkin flavored things coming out your ears (not literally. that would be gross) And I'm just going to say it, fall fashion is probably the best there ever was. YAY for cardigans!!! Now that you see that Fall is the most wonderful season let us shed a moment of silence..........................

Luckily winter is so pretty and makes the loss a little less devastating. (Still hold a little grudge though.
Sunny blue skies always makes people want to get outside and enjoy nature, but stormy skies should make you want to go exploring just as much, maybe even more in my opinion. I love hiking when its sprinkling rain or snow flakes, it makes the mountains so peaceful and quite! It's the best. Trust me. Plus there are less people on the trails and the odds of seeing wildlife are higher.  
So this stormy Sunday we headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon and our search for snow was a quite a successes. (White Pine Lake is an awesome one to do! Even if you can't make it all the way). There was way more than we were expecting... or prepared for. My boots got soaking wet and my toes were frozen but it was such a wonderful hike. I'm not a huge fan of the cold, being from AZ & CA, but boy it sure makes things pretty. The mountains were empty and extra quite because of the snow muffling all the sounds. We didn't summit any neat peaks, and got lost trying to find the lake we were headed to, but had such a blast wandering and playing in the snow. I highly recommend it. (maybe don't get lost though)

peace out until next time ladies and gents!


I honestly don't even know how this happened. I was just standing there and next thing I know my butt was in the snow. 

Get Flexy

I have to share because I think its awesome and I'm kind of obsessed right now. YOGA. 
If you and your inner chi really hit it off you can even master the art of levitation >>>

pic credit : self-timer (thank you very much) 

    I did pilate's tons in high school and loved it
 but could never really get into yoga. I attempted over and over, using different videos/youtube channels/apps/ect and could never make it trough a full session. I would either get bored and stop after a solid 5 minutes or fall asleep in about the same amount of time. I was so used to high intensity forms of work out, like running or climbing, that it was reeeaaalllyyy hard for my busy body self to sit still and just focus on breathing (pretty pathetic considering it was only for 2 mins or so). Since I was so busy and didn't have a lot of time to work out I wanted to feel like I was getting the most bang for my buck, and yoga just didn't seen like a really good work out to me.
Boy was I wrong. Last month I started attending the yoga classes at my climbing gym and loved it from the first 'ummm'. So much funner than trying to do it from a video. I could not believe how sore I was after the first two classes!! Guys like really sore. I hadn't been that sore in a long time, even muscles I don't think have ever been sore. I had no idea it was such a good workout. And talk about stress reliever! Yoga is wonderful because you take time to slow down and focus on yourself and let go of your worries. It is simply great for just overall well being. I've noticed a huge difference with my climbing and no longer have my usual sore back. I absolutely love trying the poses and having them been a little easier than the previous yoga session. I always feel so much better after doing it; less stressed, more flexy, and it even helped clear up my cold! Yay, its that good. So if you can't tell I'm pretty hooked on yoga now and think you all should try it. It's good stuff.

Back to The City

adventure date: October 16th - October 19th

 We have been really crushin' on City of Rocks this year so we loaded up the Subaru once again and headed north. This was probably one of my favorite City of Rocks trips. The weather was so perfect! The other times we've been it gets so hot during the afternoon you feel like your rubber shoes are melting unto you feet, and your hands along with your body wont stop sweating which all leads to not so great climbing. The park was also the most deserted I've seen it. So nice to have pretty much free range of any of the climbs we wanted to do. We did some exploring and hiked out to some new areas. The supposed "20 min hike" turned into 2 hours but we eventually found the crags and now have some new favorite spots. Definitely worth the trek out to the striped rock area and surrounding rocks.

On our first day I accidentally took off a small chunk of my toe, gross right? especially with the word chunk. Anyways, it gets grosser. I did my best to keep it clean, but we were camping, hiking around, and putting on dirty climbing shoes. Needless to say it got pretty dang infected. It kept me up that next night and hurt to walk on but it was our last day so we had to pack in as much climbing as we could. If you've been climbing and worn "good fitting" climbing shoes you know they are TIGHT and uncomfortable. Now imagine having an infected toe thats 10x worse than an ingrown toe nail (so gross I can't believe I'm writing this), and smashing it into a shoe that is super tight with no padding/cushioning inside. (Sorry Gross I know!) So I just climbed in my approach shoes (wahoo for Evolve Cruzers!!) but still wasn't too pleasant trying to toe off the little jibs.
Hofe wanted to end on a bang and picked a long pitch 12a. He lead it and was getting pump so I knew it would be a killer for me. Since the route was so tall he had to wait and belay me from the top while i brought up a second rope that we could use to tie together to repel down. There was barely ANY feature on this route so I knew I would get no where with my approach shoes. After a solid 5 mins I wedged my foot into my shoe and attempted going vertical. I was wedging my body up a crevasse (like how you'd put your back against a wall and feet on opposite walls to climb up hallways when you where little). About 10 ft off the ground I happened to glance into the crack and noticed a fat furry face staring back at me. I had never seen once of these adorable guys. It looked like giant guinea pig mated with a koala bear (cute!). I headed towards the top so I could tell Hofe about it. It took me a loooonnngg time to make it up that route. It was so dang hard! Especially when you're trying to do as much as you can with one foot. Eventually I couldn't stand it and had to take my climbing shoes off and do it barefoot. Longest climb of my life! So an amazing view though!>>>

When we got down I excitedly told Hofe about the guiene pig/kangaroo mouse/kooala/sugarglider creature I saw that had a huge gray and white body (about the size of a small loag of bread), super long fluffy tail, and gianormous ears. Hofe didn't believe me, even after I showed him the nests that were build up in this crack he thought I was exagerating. So I got our head lamps and pointed them into the creaves so Hofe could see. Haha sure enough after he saw he described it just as I had, "He's huge! Wow his ears are gigantic! Look at his long tail!". Told you so...
We researched it and I think it was a obese pika or bushy-tailed woodrat. Has anyone seen one of these before? or know what else it could've been?