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National Park Service 100th Birthday

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In August, the National Park Service celebrated their 100th birthday. Unfortunately, we didn’t get out an explore like we wanted due to a crazy schedule and high temps in August. Thankfully, the temps decided to cool down over the holiday weekend, so we were able to get out and enjoy hiking, exploring, and climbing at Joshua Tree National Park. It’s always fun to get out and hike through the park. D and I are trying to make physical fitness part of our normal routine together. I’m looking forward to continuing to date my spouse. I’ll take these hikes and climbing…

Exploring, Hiking, and Climbing

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First off-road trip in the desert with the Jeep. We had a little 4-wheel-drive problem, but D got it up and running. It’s always good to be prepared when you’re out in the desert exploring. My favorite part of exploring, hiking, and climbing? Hanging out with this guy. I treasure our time together. The caves made by fallen boulders were really cool and provided a great reprieve from the hot sun. Hall of Horrors was a fun area to explore. It has some intense bouldering and climbing areas. We had a blast exploring all of the various boulder caves. I…

Learning to Climb

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I’m not your typical first time climber. I’m approaching the big 40 this year. Last year at this time, I sustained a nasty ankle injury that kept me on crutches for nearly 6 months. I’m certainly not in the best of shape, and I’m not at my strongest by any means. D started climbing about 3 years ago, but his shoulder injuries and surgery kept him sidelined for a good chunk of this past year. He’s slowly getting back into climbing as part of his rehab, and I thought I would be cool to join him to keep him company.…