Here Goes Nothin’

So I forgot my camera again.  PSYCH!  Haha, what am I?  An eight-year-old?  It’s cool, I’m OK with it.  You ready for photo overload?  PS For those of you in it for the food, there’s lots of that past the climbing pics!

But first, this. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!  😀  Here we are at my cousin’s wedding 2 years ago!  On the right, is my other cousin (the sister of the groom).  Happy debut on the blog Leigh Anne ;).

Myself, my Mom, and Leigh Anne

There’s not alotta splainin’ to do, so I’ll insert a few words when necessary ;).  For instance…

Welcome to Vedauwoo.

Kinda cool looking, huh?  It was entirely different than any climbing I’ve ever done before.  It’s called slab.  The rock is a slab.  You picking up on this yet?  There are no holds.  Find a change in relief in the rock, put your foot there and stand up.  Friction is your friend.  Pretty gnarly, really challenging, and super fun!  Here’s more.

Nate's First Ascent of the Day

 My feet while I was belaying Nate…

Check Out the Five Fingers 🙂

 My second route.

Almost to the top…

And then there’s the most photogenic dog on the planet waiting at the bottom…

Insanely Cute

Belaying at the end of day 1.  Another fun shot of  the Five Fingers in action :D.

Belaying

 The Kaya-face and I taking a breather on day 2.

Relaxation at the Bottom of the Wall

Now for the food on the rocks…  I tried my first Pranabars and they were delicious!!  I was so impressed by the ingredients list!  You can kind of see it in the picture, but if you’d never seen a chemical sounding word in your life, you still would have known what every ingredient on the list was!

Coconut Acai Pranabar

Apricot Goji Pranabar

My favorite was definitly the coconut one.  If you like cocnut, you will love that bar.  I liked the apricot one too.  I’m just partial to coconut and and thought that one tasted like it had a bit more substance to it when you bit into it.

More food.  We stopped in Laramie on Friday night to eat at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery before going to set up camp.  Here’s what I had and the beer sampler :).   I can’t remember all of the beers, but there was a chile beer and it was amazing!  I love chile beers.  They remind me of pepper jelly.  I even brought home a gowler of it.

"Cajun" Pizza

Up Close and Personal

The pizza had the nicest doughy crust.  Toppings included red onions, crawfish, fire-roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes.  Cheese was mozzarella and asiago.  It was a struggle not to order 5 more, but then I got back to the delicious beer sampler!

Kaya’s ready to go to camp!

Onwards!

And breakfast the next morning at camp…

Cold Pizza 😀

Healthy Addition to Not So Healthy Breakfast Leftovers 😉

And here’s a salad we got in town on Sunday, while our friend, Rick, was getting a tattoo.  It’s a Sante Fe Salad.  Tip alert.  When you’re ordering salads in restaurants, look for ones with super flavorful toppings, so you won’t be tempted to use the usually high calorie dressings that come with them.  This one came with ranch and I didn’t eat a drop of it.  Oh, and make sure it’s got protein (chicken in this case) and some healthy fats (guacamole here), so that you aren’t hungry again 20 minutes later!

Santa Fe Salad

That’s all for the weekend.  Hope you enjoyed all ~20 pictures.  See ya tomorrow, with some eats from today and whatever happens to find it’s way into my mouth tomorrow ;).

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Happy Memorial Day!

Here I am!  Sorry for the absence of Sunday night photo overload, but I didn’t get back home until 1:30 am last night (I’ll reveal the reason in due time :o).  Boo-hiss.  I know.  And, trust me, this morning it showed.  Work was heinous definitely a Monday (operations didn’t exactly go according to plan this weekend) and while I don’t usually make a habit of drinking coffee – it was definitely a coffee day.  And then, when I thought the day had turned around (aka I was on my way home 😉 )…  I realized that I left my camera at work again.  Luckily, my friend, Rick, left his camera here, so I did take pictures of my official Memorial Day grilling session for all of you beautiful people!

Lonely Turkey Brat

Poor little dude.  I’m totally laughing right now.  I know it looks slightly fully pathetic, but I’m counting it :P.

With my grilled hot italian turkey brat, I had some low and slow sweet potaters!  And I added a little somethin’ tasty in the form of…

….creamy, melty brie!  Oh, so good kids!  I sprayed the sweet potatoes with canola oil and baked them at 300 degrees for 1 hour, then put the brie on top for a few minutes.  The potatoes were slightly dried out, though, so next time I’m going to raise the temperature to 325 and try them for 45 minutes.  Any suggestions from you guys would be more than welcome!!

And with that, here’s dinner.

Brat and Sweet Potatoes with Brie 😀

I had spicy brown mustard and ketchup to go with the brat and the potatoes that didn’t get the brie treatment (I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I def wish I’d put it on all of them!).

Now I’m off to run with the Kaya-face.  No hail in the forecast this time ;).  And I have this gem waiting for me when I get home. 

Juju Ginger Ale from Left Hand Brewery

Yeah, definitely not the most effective rehydration method (I promise I’ll chug some water with it), but if you had to work on Memorial day too, you’re probably sipping one right along with me!  Cheers!

And fear not!  I do have loads of great pictures from this weekend, so I’ll lay it all on you tomorrow friends :D.