I was half asleep when I took this. I’m glad that in my sleepy state I decided to take the photo. In my memory alone the colors wouldn’t have been so vivid.
Nothing like an appropriately named boulder problem. As seen 👆, this problem is aptly named ‘Lunge for It’ due to its crux. So fun seeing the dedication leading to the send!
//Fry Problem// Beautiful chilly day at Joshua Tree seeking out boulders and jumping on new problems.
One of my faves. 🌾
The way things erode. Not in seconds or minutes, but in geologic time. Sometimes I think it’s futile to try and understand. I still try.
Stress less. Climb more.✌️
//The Descent// You know the feeling… When you hike down switchbacks in the hopes of finding cool climbs.
Spot the climber! (and the belayer!) There was some serious daydreaming about this place today. Can’t wait to go back. I think catching an Access Fund presentation on the area today made the wanderlust worst. Or is that really better? 🤔
A year ago I was invited to go bouldering at Joshua Tree. I literally had been rock climbing a couple of time indoors at the gym and outside through classes. I didn’t really know how to progress or continue. That weekend I dove in deep and gave it my all. I remember the beautiful sunrise, the feel of the rock, and the jaw dropping sunsets. I remember at the end of our stay my hands were wrecked to the point it hurt to put my hands in my pack and search for anything. Most of all, I remember my friends’ contagious enthusiasm for climbing.
Drove through an amusement park and a water park (aptly named Atlantis) to reach a beautiful Chinese temple. While unpacking my things, I came across the shawl I was wearing that day and the smell of incense immediately transported me back to this spot with its lingering smoke, the dedicated worshippers, and the low tide behind the ocean gate.
A practice in patience.
//On the Horizon// Constant reminders of the volcanic nature of Indonesia.
//Peace, love, & adventure// Traveled a total of 26 hours on two planes in order to reach the past and catch the last sunset of 2017. Here’s to a 2018 filled with more adventures to see and experience new things. Adventures to burst my day to day bubble, shake me up, and allow me to get another small piece of understanding to this complex jigsaw puzzle called Earth. ✌️❤️🌏
Brought my raincoat in case the weather turned, but ended up using it for the waterfall mist! 💦😄💦 Our trek started off in a neighborhood and brought us through the rainforest to the base of Kali Waterfall. The hike involved a little slip ‘n’ slide action through mossy stone slabs, climbing over fallen trees, and some slick leaves. Saw several types of plants I’ve never seen before that had textured vines, larger than life leaves, and vivid greens that my pupils were happy to see.
A little weary about that first boulder in our path. 😅 *spoiler alert* Someone may have fallen overboard at Cobra Falls! 😆
Had an impromptu video session in Timbukar city (pop: 800 ppl). Rafted down the Golden Gate falls, jumped from a mini cliff, and then continued to Cobra and Goodbye falls. The team was high energy along the way! Towards the end of the ride it started raining and the Jurassic Park setting was complete. 🍃 🦖 🦕 🍃 Spotted along the way was a bright royal blue Kingfisher!
//10 Hours in Qatar// What a whirlwind! As soon as we landed we headed to explore the city. The controlled exit out of the airport took about an hour. Once outside we explored around the Pearl, Katara, a museum, and a market. The beautiful architecture lit up at night definitely drew us in. One prominent image on walls, in posters, on the back of cars as vinyl stickers, and even on helium balloons is the King. The men and women in traditional dress also caught our attention. I loved seeing the names of familiar shops in Arabic (3rd photo shows my fave French sandwich/pastries restaurant). The marina behind the shops at the Pearl was filled with yachts. Next time, I’m taking one out for a spin. Definitely want to dive in deeper into the culture and history of Qatar!