Monday, January 31, 2011

Tucson musings

Is there rock climbing? Check. Is there mountain biking? Check. Is the weather sunny and dry? Check! A new blog post? Uhm, better get on that.

In an unexpected turn of events, we have found Tucson, AZ to be a compatible location for this time of year. We were originally headed to Vegas, but have found that we are enjoying Tucson. Have no fear, we are still Vegas bound, just not right now.

The weather has been fantastic. We have enjoyed sunny and warm days allowing us to climb comfortably in the shade. A pretty crazy thing to be doing during January. We calculate that it was about 8 weeks without climbing between when we left Tennessee and our arrival here. The climbing here is much different than any we have done in years. The gneiss and granite are featured slabs. A big change from the overhanging limestone and sandstone of the summer and fall. While the less than vertical climbs are good for footwork, I still prefer vertical to past vertical.

Mountain biking has been enjoyable and challenging. Cactus lined rocky trails keep ones attention and the consequences of going off trail could be vicious. There are a lot of excellent trails in the area. It will be fun to explore.

Well, I had intended to include some nifty photos of rock walls and cactus, but for some reason the photo upload just isn't working well today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Our Slow Journey West

It seems like we have done nothing but drive for the past month. Even though we have lounged for a few days at stops along the way. Now we are headed to Arizona, slowly. Here are some pics of our stops so far along the way.

Peaceful sunset from our campsite in central FL near Lake Okeechobee.

Mexico Beach, FL. One last stop to enjoy the beautiful gulf coast.

Who knew our friend Mike had his own fireworks business in southern Alabama.

Yum! Cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Mode, New Orleans.

Cold day in New Orleans. Perhaps the handmade mask can act as a balaclava.

Rainy day at the Alamo.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Snowbird: (noun) a person who travels south to spend the winter months in a warmer climate.

Let me tell you, it is one of the better ideas! We ran south quickly when the arctic blast threatened our fun in Tennessee and Georgia to arrive safely in the land of snowbirds, Florida. Ah, sun, sand and palm trees. This is the life!

However, there is a fatal flaw in our first time as snowbirds. There is not any rock climbing in Florida. Bugger. It had been our plan all along to make sure we saw Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys in our first year of travel. Now that we have thoroughly enjoyed both, it is time to seek out some rocks.

A plan! We are off to the other land of snowbirds, Arizona. The life will soon be sun, sand, and most importantly, rocks made for climbing.