Wouldn’t it?

“It would be really rad if we left Orangeville without hitting any animals, wouldn’t it?”

So mused Drexel as we drove out of Joe’s Valley for potentially the last time, slowing down to avoid hitting a fat and sassy brown cow ambling lazily down the middle of the road. It blinked at us dreamily. Not less than a minute later, a desert hare zoomed across the road just inches from death. It is really a miracle that we haven’t hit (or been hit by) any of the numerous suicidal wildlife in Joe’s. Especially the deer. Oh gods, the deer. One of our friends was slammed into by a deer who seemed so indignant that he couldn’t be run over, that he decided, “Screw it, I’m just going to ram my body into YOU.”

I can’t blame these animals really. Living in Joe’s Valley without a prehensile, multi-fingered extremity necessary for rock climbing would be pretty bleak. The heat, the dryness, the lack of access to the latest Game of Thrones episode… it’s enough to drive anyone into a frenzied depression.

So yes, leaving Joe’s Valley. Sad goodbyes to the amazing Frenchies and Texans who we’ve had such a blast climbing with the past few days. (I’m re-inspired to use my rest days for learning languages on Duolingo). I was slacking on the photos and took a total of zero shots, so hopefully we can “borrow” some from other folks and share them with you soon.

Highlights that will never be known unless I share them now:

  • Vijay climbed all three of the V10s on the Smile boulder in one fell swoop, winning himself three butterfinger donuts and the awe of many.
  • Chris “C.C.” Carl managed to win the Feels Like Grit V8 donut contest, as the first (and only) one to send this crazy thing.
  • Christine put a lot of effort in and finally sent the gorgeous Angler V2!
  • I got my first V9 (however soft) with Tugboat Complex, which thankfully had nice open-hand holds that didn’t further tweak my injured finger.
  • Carlos should have flashed Planet of the Apes V7, but he punted off the top. And then redeemed himself by sending it next go.
  • Nadia discovered her new promising career that involves systematic Cadbury egg goo and hissing toes.

There are more, but we need to hit the road and get our butts over to Moab, UT since we were aiming to be there at noon. We’ll be there today (Saturday) through Tuesday morning, and then….. ? Who knows! Lake Tahoe? Or perhaps something we don’t even know about yet? I’m fully reveling in this freedom that I know will be sorely missed when I’m stuck in a full-time job that dictates how I spend every hour of the day. (Shh! Don’t tell me! I don’t want to know!!!)

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