When I look back at 2017, I’m blown away and immeasurably grateful for all of the adventures that Josh
dragged me along on and I happily went on. Josh and I both travel quite a bit for work, but you can’t say we don’t make the most of our time together!
January: Joshua Tree
We spent New Year’s Day 2017 rock climbing in Joshua Tree. It was my first time in this enchanting park. Despite the biting 55-mph winds bending our tent poles, we were smitten and I can’t wait until we return there soon!
February: California & Red Rocks, NV
We explored our own backyard. As I’ve said many times already on this blog, we’re so spoiled living in Southern California. You could spend forever in these hills! And with last year’s rainfall, we were treated to waterfalls and greenery like you’d never expect. Josh kept saying, “California’s not in a drought!” *Cue the wildfires*
My first real time in Vegas (going when you’re under 18 doesn’t count!) meant spending most of our time climbing in Red Rocks. It was where I learned to clean routes—a process accompanied by many tears, let me assure you. Josh was also proud to onsight Viagra Falls (5.11d). I was so tired after our day climbing that when we finally got to a club that night, I fell asleep on Josh’s shoulder! We sure looked good, though.
About this time Josh started talking more seriously about climbing Half Dome. He’d been hinting at it since we first went to Yosemite the year before. At this point I just laughed. Half Dome? In your dreams, dude.