Last weekend Josh and I went down to Indian Creek to meet up with some friends from Salt Lake for a costumed climbing weekend. Although I am very outspoken on my costume hate, we were told that costumes were "required" (read: high school rule book). We had a pretty hard time finding costumes in Moab, but we were able to put together something for both of us, on a small budget.
I ended up wearing a bunch of neon clothes and black/orange striped tights as a costume, but Josh wore a backwards skeleton costume which actually looked good. It was still a fun weekend though, as there were some incredibly creative outfits, and lots of fun climbing.
We also climbed one day, on our own, and were free from the costumes. Josh is below, gearing up for Binou's crack (a fun one!).
Josh dragged me out to Long Canyon a couple weekends ago. I had been resisting the charms of this canyon for quite awhile. I had thought that I was tired of trad, and didn't want to do a long approach with a bunch of metal on my back... but those reasons seem silly now. It was one of the most gorgeous canyons that I had been in, and the one route that we got in before the rain was amazing! I re-realized that I love crack climbing, especially splitters, and can't wait to get back up there!
I've been really struggling with my mood lately, feeling that I'm constantly on the tipping point between great, and really bad day. I've been blessed with an incredibly busy job (that is a blessing considering the current market possibilities), but my patience was drained months ago. One of the biggest lessons that I took away from my time traveling in the van was how to cope with and enjoy a slow, boring day, and learn to relax and go with that flow. Now that I am back in insanely busy stress, I need to learn to take that lesson to the rest of life, and relax amid craziness.