25 September 2012

Climbing Skaha, That's in CANADA!

Over labor day weekend The Group once again traveled to Skaha to get our climb on. Located in the bluff's overlooking Skaha Lake in Penticton, BC, Skaha is mostly sport climbing with some mixed routes and a little trad. Many people camp in town in gross, overcrowded RV parking lots, but we chose to camp up on the bluffs again. I didn't get too many photos this trip, but here are my favorites.

Tipi Remnants near Camp 1

We arrived very late in the evening and set up camp at our pre-reserved site. Apparently reservations work differently in Canada... it wasn't enough that we called ahead to save our spot, because a couple in a camper, whom had been in the site for WEEKS, woke up the next morning and complained about our proximity (even though they were in one of our two reserved spots) until we were forced to move.

No one bothered to tell us when we reserved the site that someone was ALREADY CAMPING IN IT! So in the morning 12 people got to move 7 tents. Inconvenient? Yes, yes it was.

That's one way to move a tent

Watch out! Tents coming through!

Things improved after that and we headed off to the crags. I spotted this car while enjoying a post-climb beverage, and after my last blog about pooping on a glacier, I thought it was a fitting bumper sticker:

Skaha once again delivered some spectacular sunsets and a super bright moon!

Full moon. Not pictured: full (bum) moon

Sunset night 2

Sunset night 3

Of course Grandpa Max came on this trip! This one of Maximilian and Ella is my favorite. Ella is waiting for her bath; Max, of course, stayed out of the mud like a good boy.

Why the long face Ella?

Mmm....breakfast burrito for dinner!

19 September 2012

Heterosexual Lifepartnership

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of meeting my best friend and oft partner in crime, the world famous Miss Allison! The customary gift for 10-years is TIN, so to celebrate our Friendiversary we had a Fire and Ice party: think little red dresses and ice blue tuxedos, and beer of course, since that comes in cans (aluminum is a close relative of TIN).

HLPs - Heterosexual Life Partners. What should we do for our 20-year?

My best ladies bringing the heat (can you spot the boy in this picture - hint: he isn't born yet!?)
Thanks to everyone who came out and made the night a success! Special thanks to Sarah for loaning me the fabulous dress and to Abe, for giving us the below photobomb of the evening (and there were many to choose from).

We're just trying to cement our lifepartnership and Abe's gotta ruin it with his massive tongue

07 September 2012

Seattle Life

I'm settling back into a very happy life here in Seattle after the tumult of potentially moving earlier this year. Here are some shots of my home - the most beautiful city in the world:

Flying Tiger
Seattle Sunset from Capitol Hill