Shelley: John. Ever since we started climbing, well over fifteen years ago, Yosemite’s been on my bucket list. And now, with less than a week before we head to Canada, we’re on our way. Whhooooheee! How lucky is that? Pretty darn lucky, I’d say. Much luckier than this poor forest.
Yosemite, where the hardcore, hard ass climbers from all over the world flock. Not that we are hard core, more like soft core. Ha! Ha! To think that we are gong to see where The Stonemasters, armed with their motto,
“No complaining, no explaning,”
blew traditional climbing out of the water?
“No Complaining. No Explaining”
is now part of my motto. Yes sir. That and
“Smiths don’t quit!”
Arghhhhhh. Ha! Ha!
Not to mention Lynn Hill, the original climbing Goddess, who completed the first “free ascent” of the 3,000 foot Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan. (Climbing equipment is used, but not for aiding your climb) I bet she still climbs routes that we wouldn’t have a hope in Hell of finishing.
And, in 2008, Alex Honnold, at the age of 23, free soloed (No gear) Yosemite’s Half Dome in just two hours and fifty minutes, an ascent which usually takes between one or two days. No gear! Just Alex, his chalk bag and his climbing shoes. Unfreakingbelievable!! Check out his climb here. Do it readers. It cost me 0.5 GB’s on my Verizon hotspot.
Isn’t it amazing that Franklin Roosevelt’s responsible for turning Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Grand Canyon into National Parks? Now that President had vision; understood that we have to preserve these areas for eternity.
Twenty bucks isn’t bad for a day pass, is it? Maybe next year we should buy a year’s pass to all of the National Parks? What do you think? Holy Shit! Is that snow?
Not sure if we’re going to have time to climb today. Of course it’s not like we were planning to do any multi-ptches or anything. But, I don’t have any topo’s (Descriptions) of routes in our range although I’m sure there must be a book store that sells climbing books for our level. So today’ll be an explore day and we’ll come back next fall. No. Check that. I want to go to Utah to see Bryce Canyon in the fall. We’ll return to Yosemite next spring. Yep. That’s what we’ll do. Wow. This road sure winds all over the place. So curvy. Sooooo curvy.
Whoahhh! You should see how close the fifth wheel is to the cliff.
Then again, don’t worry about it. You’re doing great… Just great. I’ll take a picture of Priscilla to show people what kind of road we pulled our 28 foot fifth wheeler on.
There. Ulk. Oh. Oh. Pheeewwwww. Oh my. Oh. My. Ohhhh myyyyyy. Ulk. Ahhh I don’t think I’m doing too great, though.
John: Shelley. Look. There’s Yosemite Valley.
Shelley: Pheeewwwww. Oh my. Oh. My. Ohhhh myyyyyy. Ulk.
Shelley: Ulk. This road made me sick. Blechhh. Oh man… Oh man… Sorry, I’m going to have to close my eyes for a minute… Why did I take pictures of Priscilla? I knew better than to look down. I knew looking down makes me car sick. Breathe Shelley. Whoooooshhhh. Ah Whooooooooshhh. Whoooooshhhh. Ah Whooooooooshhh. I apologize John, but I’m not going to be able to talk to you until I feel a little bit better. Is that OK with you that I stop talking? Can you manage without me?
John: What about “No Complaining.No explaining?” or “Smiths don’t quit?”
Day 226, April 8th, 2014
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