Wednesday, May 30. 2007
Well, today I found the will to get out and work my.. body. The thought was that I would go summit Mount Superior and Monte Cristo, but it didn't quite turn out that way.
After work I went home and grabbed my effects, and drove myself up the canyon while listening to Glenn Beck. There's not nearly as much traffic up there in the summer, and it feels good. In the winter I feel like the canyon I love is being over-run by pot heads and ski-bums. It is no kindness to me. I go up to do a winter climb and I feel like the skiers want me out (esp. backcountry skiers). But once that snow melts, it's mine again. The road is clear of most traffic and the trails are only for those who walk (or run?).
Things started off well. I got a good brisk pace going and headed up the road from the parking area. After not too long the road turned to dirt. My brisk pace got me off the blocks, but soon I was slowing due to the steep nature of the trail. I had almost forgotten. My mind always turns on me during the first hour or so of a climb. The "wow.. this sucks. You like being lazy, remember? Just give up and go to Taco Bell" thoughts started creeping in. But I had fresh encouragement in my system from listening to the Bob Lonsberry show earlier today. Basically he was speaking against self-doubt and self inhibiting behavior. So, I continued onward and upward. Then I realized something. The wind was blowing, it was significantly cooler in the mountains than in the valley and I was not dressed properly.
I don't know what I was thinking. I should know that on top of an 11,000 foot peak the weather will be.. chilly. But I dressed in shorts and a short sleeve shirt and neglected to bring a jacket. Well, doubts started in, but I still had a goal in sight. I was going to make it to the pass or bust. Come wind and chill, I was going to get to the pass. So I continued on. Through a mini forest I went on. The evergreen trees were sparse and short, but it was a welcome change from the rock and prairie along the trail. In the trees the grade has become less steep, but it was not to stay. After, it got steeper than before and switchbacks ran up the final slope to the pass. I didn't look too far ahead at this point, and I didn't realize how close to the pass I was until only a minute or so before I got to it. Just as I thought, the wind was howling on top. No way I would be able to continue on to Superior, or Monte Cristo. The sun would continue lowering in the sky, and the temperatures would only drop. So I sat down on the leeward side of the pass to stay clear of the wind and had a little bit of a snack. Another hiker came up and sat a ways down the pass. I left before him and started my way back down the trail.
I generally prefer to run down trails. Why fight gravity going up AND down? So, I did, though I took it easy. I didn't want any sprained ankles. The descent was uneventful, and before I knew it I was staring my Jeep in the face once again. I didn't get any summits, but my main purpose was archived. I woke myself up. Every now and then I fall into a sleep-walk state of life. I'm always tired, but can't sleep. I have plenty of energy, but am too lazy to do anything about it. Nothing ever works quite as well as it could. But after smacking myself on the hillside, I am awake. My lungs are clear, and I feel like they are working better. My mind is more alert and awake. Best of all, I think I'll be able to sleep a lot easier tonight. So, today was a pretty good day, even if I did "watch" the first half of the Jazz game. Okay, I was in the same room as a TV which had the game on and I was doing my best to ignore it. But it looks like maybe we can all move on with our lives tomorrow. I'm such a killjoy, aren't I? Good.
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Elevation Gain: 1,370 ft
Avg. Elevation gain per mile: 979 ft
Highest point: 10,020 ft
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Tuesday, May 15. 2007
I don't feel the need to go into too much detail of what has gone on since I last posted detailed info on my life. I'll go over it really quick.
1-I got a new car (my ultimate dream car), a Jeep Liberty.
2-I got a job at IKEA, worked there for a while, hated it, and quit. But this was the first time I quit a job after getting another job lined up.
3-I work at Overstock.com again. It is tons better than any job I have had, or attempted to have, since I got laid off here. It's pretty sweet..
So, anyway, on to the actual blog behind this blog. I'm here to tell you that 20oz soda bottles do not work under soda fountains. Period. This may seem intuitive, but when one is desperate for Mountain Dew, anything is thought to be possible.
In the break room here, we have a soda fountain with all manner of Pepsi products. There's no ice machine so a lot of people don't like it. Anyone who has gone to eat somewhere with me knows I never put ice in my fountain drinks anyway, so this is no problem. The problem comes when I forget, on a monday, to bring my Nalgene bottle to work. Dang. I had nothing to fill up. So, I started thinking and came up with this great solution. I went out to my car and grabbed a dollar in quarters. I then used those quarters in the vending machine. BAM, Mountain Dew. So, then I drink it down, and go to refill it at the soda fountain....
Now, the first thing I noticed was that the bottle's nozzle was significantly smaller than the fountain's. But I thought "If I just press the bottle up against the spout, all will be well". It wasn't. Let us go over what I missed. First, it really was too small. No denying it. It was just simply too small. Second, by pressing the bottle up against the nozzle, I wasn't making room for air to escape out of the bottle. Third, Fountain drinks pump HUGE amounts of carbon dioxide gas into whatever you're filling up, thus making the second point even more important... Needless to say, Mountain Dew sprayed everywhere. I didn't have to bother trying twice. I cleaned up a bit, filled my bottle with disgusting tap water, and moved on. Today, I brought my Nalgene... and now I will go fill it with Dew.
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