Back in the Southeast (D)

Carson, Ian, and I woke up bright and early on the 26th and after an amazing breakfast with the family we hit the road and began the 2 hour drive to the bright sandstone boulders of Rocktown Georgia. We drove straight to the boulder field and hiked/ran up the trail to the back side of the field. Even though we visit the southeast every winter we were all blown away once again by just how amazing the rock is. Beautiful rounded orange sandstone with iron stripes crisscrossing throughout. After ecstatically warming up we set our sights on the proud and scary Hueco Simulator, a 25 foot overhanging prow that finishes in a harder than you want it to be top out. It was fun to start the day by getting a little adrenaline going and getting focused. Continue reading Back in the Southeast (D)

Rain rain go away (M)

Second day at Rock Town (for Dawn and I. Third day for the boys). We got out early and got on a couple fun problems before the hail hit. Not so bad. The hail was kind of cute actually. We still sent Loaf (a v6 that feels more like a 3 or 4). But when it became rain, we hiked out. While Carson, Ian and Dawn set up tarps to avoid sleeping on water beds, Drexel and I found a nice little overhang at a closed library (who closes libraries on Saturday??) and spent an hour organizing our van-home. I’m sure we looked ridiculous scurrying around, our entire set-up of bins and trash and food spread out across the pavement. But it was worth it. With random crap all over the van, we both just felt out-of-sorts. I’m hoping after another week, we’ll fall into more of a rhythm in terms of van life. Continue reading Rain rain go away (M)

It begins

Tomorrow morning, after a day of Christmas celebrations, Drexel leaves his family in Atlanta and heads to Rock Town with his two brothers. Later in the afternoon, Meira (and Dawn!) will down some coffee and meet up with them. The beginning of the trip has arrived!! We’ll be spending the first few weeks in the Georgia/Tennessee area, climbing with our friends who are still on their winter break from college. It will be nice to stay in one place for a while as we adjust to a minivan lifestyle. We have more space than originally imagined, but I’m sure it will fill up quickly. Our extra plastic bin has been designated the Fun Box, full of books, art supplies, games, and even a jump rope for the inevitable rest days. (Book suggestions are appreciated!)

Oh yes — Our business cards arrived in the mail today!

Business Card

Our New Home

Our New Home

After three days of Autocad and hard work, Drexel and his wonderful, awesome, talented engineer step-father Al put this beauty together. Hopefully more photos and details of the construction will surface in the next few days.

Right now we can shove two crash pads into the well in the back, and still fit five plastic bins under our bed. The Toyota Sienna is so perfect for living in, with so many built-in cubby holes and hidden pockets. The front section folds up into a futon-esque couch, and the back pulls out to make a table for preparing food. We have a two-burner propane stove that makes water for oatmeal and tea in less than 5 minutes. If anyone has tips on how to improve our van-home, please comment or email!

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First post in the blog. Just trying to figure out formatting right now, please bear with us, but at least the “About” section is complete!

Here’s the status of our trip so far:

1) Purchased a Toyota Sienna – Biggest minivan I’ve ever seen! All the soccer moms will be envious.

2) In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be doing work on the van to turn it into a decent home. Hopefully it will look something like this.

3) The day after x-mas, our adventure will begin! Here’s a general outline of our next 6+ months.


Stay tuned!

M & D