Another eventful few weeks for me! I am now home in Canada (until tomorrow), and have been staying with my parents for the past week. So what’s new with me? About a week before I left the Red River Gorge I came to the realization that my trip was coming to an end. The last month I was there went by so quickly that I had no idea how little time I had left. As a result, once I made the realization I had this sinking feeling in my stomach… apparently I have become very attached to Kentucky over the last few months and to the people who I have been living and climbing with. I had trouble sleeping the first few nights following my ‘epiphany’ until I finally decided that I was going to come right back after my trip to Canada (original plan was to move south to Chattanooga to do some bouldering) (I slept much better after that decision :p). Definitely not ready for my Kentucky experience to be over.
With that little melt-down aside (:P), before I left Kentucky I attended the annual “Rocktober Fest” (which was a blast!) and climbed 10 days (climbing hard!) straight (I was on day 2 when I had my realization… usually I would take the 3rd day off but I decided it would be best to run myself into the ground before I took a week-2week break :p). I left Kentucky last Monday with blood blisters on my pads, sore muscles and psyche to get back out there! During my time at home, I visited my grandparents, caught up with all of my sisters and my parents and attended and helped out with my sister’s baby shower. In just the month and a half that I was away, its amazing to see the difference in the size of her belly! I saw her stomach for the first time a few days ago, and I have to be honest… it was pretty freaky (weird outty belly button and super stretched out skin (almost alien like :p)… that can either whoow you or in my case… give you the heeby geebies :p lol). With that aside (sorry Michelle :p), I am very excited to be an Aunt! For my next trip to the Red (it’s going to be a cold one), I plan on staying put until American Thanksgiving and then coming home for the month of December to hopefully see the new-born baby and spend the Christmas season with my family.
Anyway, here’s a picture of me climbing in the Red. Can’t wait to get back!
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