That is not stopping us from taking the van out on the road. At 80% complete, the Apollo space shuttle (as it is known in these parts for its silvery, aeronautic exterior) is more than capable of sustaining human life.
So we did a great 5 day run - following the crisp November temps across the Sierra. I simply must recommend this itinerary for your November intra-planetary travel plans.
We started in Yosemite valley where the leaves are falling, the Autumn light is turning the granite golden, and, quite pleasingly, I got to a new high point on my boulder project ("Who goes to Yosemite to boulder?", they say) while Cody went up El Cap to check out the lower crux pitches on El Corazon.
On Saturday, our totally nutty and awesome friends Joanna and Will drove out from the city to meet us at Tioga Cliff, where we got that magical Autumn gift of cold, high-friction granite and warm sun. Here's Cody taking a lap on Silver Bullet.
When night came on, we made an obligatory pit stop at the Whoa Nelly Deli for what was potentially the best cheeseburger of my life, and then we did the only natural thing and drove down to Bishop to boulder under the stars and full moon. We met a couple of mini crushers from LA over on Grandma Peabody, one of whom succinctly summarized all my feelings about climbing when his dad asked him what else he would do that night if not keep trying Magnetic North: "NOT DIE".
The youngsters assured Cody they'd see him up on El Cap soon : ) Hope so! As midnight crept up on us, we jetted back to the city for those job things we have, and now I'm sorely missing the sharp, Buttermilk granite.
Really, I'm pretty sore.
This has been the first transmission from the space shuttle! Thanks for reading and see you soon : )