Bouldering – Bishop

So, 10 days in California.  It was a blast, and really the first road trip I’ve done in a few years!  It was nice, even if we did just drive through the night.  Things always get a little interesting when you hit the road or the skies, but something about the road just seems more adventurous!

To make things slightly more adventurous, Kaya hitched a ride with us unexpectedly as well! 

Since we knew we’d be spending time with family for part of the trip (aka, not camping) we knew the dog could be a bit difficult.  Plus we were driving in a tiny Honda Civic with a massive boulder pad (what she’s sitting on in the photo above). Unfortunately, Kaya got off to a bit of a rough start with the kennel owner, though, and he wasn’t comfortable keeping her for 10 days :(. 

But we all got comfortable and hit the road!

And, like I mentioned last time, we ended up in Bishop, CA for some great bouldering!  We climbed at three different spots within 20 miutes of town. 

the Buttermilks…

the Happy’s…

and the Sad’s…which I only shot right before sunset…

And this was the best camping spot ever.  We got there at night and Jesse hinted at how awesome the views were but I was still blown away…

And here are some climbing highlights.

Some randoms of Jesse.

And some of the problems, I climbed…

This first one gave me hell and I never did make it to the top.

This next one was really fun and took a lot of tries, but eventually I got the moves and made it to the top.

And this was the last problem I did in Bishop.  A V0 (easiest rating except for a VB, V-beginner) highball problem.  It was lots of fun even though I swore at the top out, because I didn’t see the hude holds at first ;).

And that’s it!

Right now I’m hanging out in a hotel in Tulsa on my way to see some friends in Birmingham for Thanksgiving, and then on to Richmond, where I grew up.

Back soon with some funny stories from the road!

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Leading a Charmed Life

My life is such a joke.  One almost disaster followed by another I tell you.  This morning, I was supposed to fly out of Roanoke at 6 am.  A 6 am flight the morning after a wedding at an airport 45 minutes away from the wedding location.  Uh, OK, I’ve made better travel plans in my life, but it was a really good deal on the flight! 

Well, Rose and I definitely overslept by two and a half hours this morning and missed our ride to the airport and, we had presumed, the flight.  Luckily for us, though, the flight was delayed by 2 hours!  How convenient :D.  Then I got to DC and instead of having to wait until 3:50 pm to leave because I’d missed the original connection, I got on standby on the next flight.  Made it back to Denver just 2 hours after the original itinerary had me there!  Sometimes, luck really is on your side.  I’ll definitely be remembering this the next time the cards aren’t falling so favorably :P.

The wedding was in Blacksburg this weekend, which is, as you can now read on the Growing Up Virginia Style page, my favorite place on earth.  All I could think about this week was which restaurants I wanted to eat at when I got there.  And there were only so many meals to be had…

First, I made it to Boudreaux’s, awesome Louisiana cajun food.  Absolutely my favorite restaurant in Blacksburg. 

Mojito 😀

Gator bites.  A must, even if you are watching calories :P. 

And a Cajun Grilled Salmon Salad to balance out the gator bites!

Also stopped by Souvlaki for my gyro fix. 

Pita and Red Pepper Hummus Appetizer

Lamb Gyro

 Gyro’s are one of those things I’m deprived of in Wyoming, so whenever I have the opportunity to enjoy devour one, this happens in 10 seconds or less…

Gyro Domination 😀

On Saturday, we grabbed some bar food at Rivermill while we were watching the World Cup England v USA game.  I love love love southern BBQ.  Can’t beat it!

Pulled Pork BBQ Sammie with Cole Slaw

Crazy Fans

And then, being the classy college graduates that we are, we went to the local favorite, El Rodeo, for some pre wedding Mexican and margaritas!!  Totally forgot to bust out the camera for food pics, so here’s my lovely posse.

El Rod's

And now for some fun wedding photos!  Erica looked amazing and a fun time was had by all over the weekend.  The Hokie Bird even showed up for the reception!!

Catching up at Hokie House the night before the wedding…

There was lots of this…

Walking down the aisle…

Gorgeous!

 Love this.  The bride’s actually eating at her reception!  Can you tell why we’re such good friends?? 🙂

Erica Hittin' Up her Buffet 😉

I was ready to dig in!

Chow Time

I wasn’t actually that hungry though.  Here’s a pic of the crazy best carrot cupcake I’ve ever had, though.  I was huge fan of the generous amount of icing!  Kinda hard to see here, but the icing was about half the thickness of the cupcake itself!

Hokie bird!

Rosemary and I were tearing up the dance floor ;).

Bride and groom leaving through a storm of bubbles.

Congrats Erica and Mike!

Here were my eats while flying.  I didn’t do any snack planning/packing which is so out of the ordinary for me, so I had to make due with what I could buy in the airport or on the plane :/.

Luxe Snack Box on United

Luxe Box Contents

Hummus and Multigrain Chips

Loved this trail mix!

Starbucks Meal on the Way Home

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 ;).

Gone Climbing…

And you guys thought I was kidding when I said I don’t know how to slow down…  Well, you probably didn’t because you don’t know me yet, but I was hopeful ;). 

Unfortunately, a few of my climbing buds want to head south to this spot, Vedauwoo, that I haven’t been to yet.  New experience involving climbing?  As if I could say no!  So, I will see you on Sunday night with a photo overload!  Until then…

A few pictures from last fall.

Top Roping in the Canyon

Same Route

Go Go Gadget Leg 😉

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!!

Lovin’ It

I am one week strong into this blog guys and I’m so glad I started Foodie on the Rocks!  If you have any lingering curiosity about the name, I’ll drop it all on you now.  It refers to my love of food and climbing (kind of obvious I think :P), but it also alludes to my never-ending attempt to balance my love for travelling and experiencing new things with my full-time job as an engineer.  I’m always using my time off from work to the max, but sometimes I really have to remind myself to take a weekend at home and just relax!!      

I think I may have had it figured out in this hammock…      

St. Lucia Style Siesta 😀

 On the other side, I’m so glad there might actually be a few of you out there reading this that I don’t know and haven’t personally told about the blog 😉 and enjoying it!  I know it’s going to take me a little while to really find my voice and really hone in on how I’m going to keep this thing interesting, but if you guys are up for it, so am I. 

So let me pick off where I left off yesterday really quickly.  Remember how I was going to go out and run since I’m doing a team marathon next weekend??  Well two things happened.  Firstly…      

Hail in the Backyard

Roomie Holding the Marble Sized Hail   

Needless to say, I did not go out and run.  Along with the hail, there was a tornado watch.  So going to the gym wasn’t an option either.  Boo.  Oh well…  At least I got to add some new pictures to Husky in the Room!  Check ’em out.      

Secondly, turns out our team captain did not register us for the team marathon.  Way.  Lame.  It’s cool, though.  I got on the web and found a 10k in Steamboat that I’m going to do instead.      

And here are my eats today folks…      

Breakfast was tasty with a capital flippin T y’all!  I made these oatmeal pancakes from Jenna’s blog.  Scrumptious and they’ve got the protein thang going on too.  I’ve found that protein is so crucial in my breakfasts to keep me going!      

Pancakes with the Real Stuff

You guys, if you’re still eating “table syrup” aka high fructose corn syrup, I beg of you.  Put the bottle down.  Walk to your cupboard, and throw it to the wind.  I mean, or you could just put in your trash can, just long as it’s gone!  Real maple syrup is the only way to go in my book because it’s tastes whoa! times better and well, it’s not full of processed stuff.  Period.  OK, rant over.   

And whoops!  I didn’t get to eat that until I had my blood drawn.  Eek!      

 

I forgot it was wellness day.  Each year the company does free blood draws and wellness evaluations, and actually if you go through with the whole she-bang and go to another day they set up and talk to a wellness coach about your results they put some extra cash the old paycheck!  And, I got this nice little snack plate to reward me for my ~11 hour fast.      

 

Lunch….not overly exciting.  Spinach, tomato, and honey curry hummus on half a pita.  But, wait!  Haha, another department brought in food for lunch and needed help with leftovers, so I grabbed some strawb’s and pineapple and some antelope sausage one of the guys brough in :).  It was pretty salty for me, but good!      

      

 

When I got home from work I had a glorious plan to go run and then go to yoga.  Uh, not so much.  Sat down for a few too many minutes on the couch, so I’d just have to do yoga after I walked Kaya-face and then run.  No biggie.  Not so much.  Yoga instructor played hookie.  Lame.  Oh well, I ran 3 miles in 32 minutes – only one 4 minute break in there, so yay!  Workin’ back up my endurance slowly but surely :).      

And here’s dinner.  I decided to make some of these veggie burgers.  Thanks, Angela!  If you had told me one year ago that I would be making veggie burgers I would have laughed…hard…in your face.  It’s tasty as, though, so give ’em a whirl!  PS  I used whole wheat pastry flour, because it’s what I had.      

      

 

You’ll pretty much want to process it down to a puree, but the camera battery was dying, so I didn’t get a shot of that.      

 

Again, had to do the whole spicy thing, because what doesn’t kill you, makes your taste buds stronger :P.  That’s a baked sweet potato hiding in the back there with a bit of butter, one tablespoon of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.      

I’ll leave you with my treat to myself for the evening.      

 

This ice cream is the best!  Coconut milk is to ice cream as diamonds are to girls.  Oh yeah, I just compared that ice cream to diamonds.  It is that good.  For one half of a cup it’s 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 6 grams of fiber.  Plus the ingredients list stupendous.  Good night, indeed!

I Heart Springtime at A-Basin

Umm, to start off with, springtime is totally one of those words that sounds weirder and weirder and less and less like a word the more times you say it.  Seriously, say it 20 times and tell me it doesn’t sound stupid.  I’ll just be using the more acceptable noun, spring, in the future thank you very much.  OK, pointless rant over.

This weekend was suh-weet.  I drove down to Boulder on Friday night after work and hung out with one of my old high school buddies.  This is what I ate on the way through Cheyenne.

Awesome in a Brown Paper Bag

Heaven

I love love Chipotle.   I got two steak hard tacos with pinto beans, mild salsa, and lettuce with a bit of guac to boot :D.  Unfortunately, there isn’t one where I live, so every time I see one, I slam on the brakes and cause at least five car accidents as I swerve through three lanes of traffic to grab me some subway style mexican crack!!  OK, I exaggerate, but really, whenever I know I’m going to be near one I look forward to it for days.  Maybe this post should have been titled I Heart Chipotle…  Moving on.

I did not do a stellar job of photographing my food this weekend, but here’s a shot of breakfast from this little bagel place we found in Golden, on the way to the mountain on Saturday morning.

Brekkie Bagel

It’s a whole wheat bagel with eggs, cheddar, ham, veggie cream cheese, and hot sauce (I also heart spicy just for the record 🙂 ).

Soooo, has anyone ever been super late spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin (or to any old school, super laid back kind of ski hill)??  Because it definitely ranks up there with those epic powder days where all you can  hear is laughter and super happy people cruising up and down the mountain all day.  The parking lot was transformed into a huge tailgate party, people wore hilariously stupid outfits, and it was 45 degrees and sunny as we made turns down the front of the mountain.  Dang!  If I had known tailgating and snowboarding went together so well…  Well who knows, but this engineering thing may not have come to fruition folks ;).

Other activities while pretending I live in visiting Colorado:  my friend Heidi’s figure competition.  She got 3rd place out of 9 in Women’s Figure Class B (she looked so amazing)!  It was the first one of these I’ve ever been to and it was really interesting. 

And now for a drumroll….  I bought  a pair of……

Vibram Five Fingers 😀

Vibram five fingers!!  I am so so so excited about these.  For those of you that may not know, barefoot running is supposed to be really good for strengthening your feet and lower leg muscles and it reduces your likelyhood for a running induced injury.  I can’t wait to start using them (although I won’t be ready to use them in the team marathon I’m doing in 2 weeks).  I hurt my foot running a half marathon last year and if something like that happens again this year my climbing partner may ditch me for good 😉  So, barefoot running, here I come!

That’s all for tonight – I promise there will be more about food tomorrow 😉  I dreamed up what I think its going to to be a crazy good breakfast on the drive back to Wyo this afternoon!!  Stay tuned…

Debut Dinner!

Helloooo world!  Welcome to my blog about food, food, food, oh, and travelling and climbing, the two other things I love doing most outside of my full time job …on top of finding and making GOOD FOOD.  A lot of this blog will be about my journey into the world of whole foods and trying to cut out all of the refined and processed foods that I unknowingly relied on to lose my “college 15.”  I’ve been on a long road to get here, learning about portion sizes, how many calories are in the foods I love and how to whip up alternatives to those foods.  It will also feature lots of climbing adventures here in the great state of Wyoming and my trips around the world!  There’s going to be loads more in the “About” section about me, so be sure to check that out to learn more about me and my 3 favorite things in life 😀 

So, I’m just going to dive right in.  This entry’s got it all!  I just returned from a trip to St. Lucia in the south caribbean it was just sooo relaxing and wonderful.  We stayed in a house we rented off of vrbo.com.  This website is a travellers best friend.  It’s Vacation Rentals by Owner.  Check it out and these pictures!

Bluest Ocean View Ever

Hangin on the Front of the Boat with the Pitons

Annnd then, there’s climbing.  You guys, climbing is something I’ve always wanted to do but only really got into about 1 1/2 years ago.  I love the challange and the people I’ve met through it, so I’m totally stoked to share it with you guys!  Some interesting food should show up in these posts too since we’re always throwing together fun stuff at camp 🙂  Here’s a photo or two from last weekend.

Rear View Mirror Look in the Canyon

Mike Climbing!!

And, finally, here are the goods – my dinner tonight!  OK, it’s not THE most exciting thing by any stretch of the imagination, but I had a huge leftover steak for lunch, so I loaded up on veggies tonight and made a seriously tasty honey curry hummus from Ashley’s blog on half of a whole wheat pita!  I sauteed the veggies in olive oil with red pepper flakes, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.  Veggies were: white onion, broccoli, carrots, red cabbage (got that idea in St. Lucia!), crimini mushies, yellow bell pepper, asparagus, and spinach.  Whew!  I loaded up on veggies when I got back from vacay as you can see!

Leftover Veggies 😉

So Delish Honey Curry Hummus

Nom Nom Nom

That’s all folks!  Probably a bit longer than the typical post here will be.  Can’t wait to get this going and share my eats, travels, and climbing with all of you wonderful blog readers!!