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2011-Rock Climbing


I have only been rock climbing once in my life and the first time I decided to venture into this sport was in Las Vegas at Red Rock the day after I ran a 1/2 marathon.  Luckily, the guide just happened to be a very good-looking, athletic, experienced rock climber.

The day started out with a Starbucks and a Ginormous Doughnut from the Hotel at New York New York.  Breakfast of champions right there.  “what?  I just ran a 1/2 marathon-cut me some slack.”

We drove to the Red Rock Climbing center where we met our guide and were taken out to Red Rock Canyon where we would set up camp for the day.  For anyone that thinks that Las Vegas is warm year round think again.  It was absolutely FREEZING and I was not ready for how cold it was going to be.  After a small hike to where we would be climbing our guide Andy went and got all the ropes set for us to start climbing.

While our guide was setting everything up I decided to take some photo opportunities.  It was absolutely gorgeous despite the cooler temps.  I can honestly say that was one of the most peaceful days of my life outside of being terrified to climb these giant rocks.  It was so quiet and it felt like I was in my own little world.

It was now or never.  The angel on my one shoulder was telling me “don’t do this” while the devil on the other shoulder was saying “c’mon, what are you waiting for you big chicken”  Obviously, I listened to the little devil.

After I had reached the top during one of the climbs I just took a moment while I was up there to reflect and take a photo so I could remember this feeling.  I think I climbed that day 3 different times.  I walked away all bruised up from hitting my legs on the rocks but also knowing that a few years ago I never would have been able to accomplish all the things I accomplished that weekend.  It was absolutely amazing to feel like I was on top of the world and not in an arrogant “I am so good” sense but more a “You did good kid, you did good” sense.

We ended the day with a drive through the rest of the conservation area and observing some more experienced climbers taking on some serious rocks.  I hope to one day be able to experience the euphoria that I felt climbing those rocks in the  cold Las Vegas air.  I have searched for places in Michigan to climb but have come up short and I feel like going to an indoor gym will somehow not be anywhere on par with climbing an actual rock .


Drawing Inspiration


So I wanted to take a moment and share with all of you one of the many other blogs that I have drawn inspiration from.  In future posts I will be sharing some of my other favorites but this particular one is important to me on so many different levels.  One of the most important being that I could relate to her.  We share so many of the same interests, close in age, love of animals, and probably the most important factor being that she is real.  She doesn’t try to come off like she knows it all.  She is just trying to spread the knowledge she has gained onto others.   This particular blogger goes by the name Raw Rebecca http://rawrebecca.wordpress.com/ you can also follow her on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/rawrebecca1979 On her blog she discusses the benefits of juicing and eating a raw diet and recommended a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Now unlike Raw Rebecca, I am not eating a Raw Diet but this is something I hope to eventually branch out to in the future after I save my pennies for the 9 Tray Excalibur Dehydrator.  I sat down one night and added Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead to my Netflix queue and was flooded with different documentaries recommendations regarding nutrition and diet.  I have not had a chance to view all of these recommendations but the one that really stuck with me that I did watch was called Forks over Knives.  This documentary focuses on a plant based diet and something about the message really resonated with me and I knew this was something I wanted to try.  I do not claim that this is the right path for everyone but for me right now in this moment it is the only path.