So, it's been just over two weeks since Lydia and I've moved into our new place, a 'proper' home I'd say. Life has been busy, and we're trying to get all the loose ends tied up, the ones that get untangled when you switch living quarters and have to unpack boxes. Right now our internet doesn't work, and to be honest that's perfectly okay with me. Basically, to sum things up, we've been cooking a lot, well, actually, that's a lie, Lydia's been cooking a lot, and she bakes too. She really cares about what we put into our bodies and she saves me, daily. I've been reading and writing, and hang-boarding.
On the rock climbing front (this is a climbing related site right?) I've been bouldering just enough to realize how weak I've become over the summer months, my grip strength is pathetic, my endurance even worse and so the sub 5.11 free soloing in Squamish gives me all the love I need. Also, I've been working as a guide a bit lately, and let me say – it's been a freaking BLAST. Seriously, somehow I got stuck with the world's best clients, fun, friendly and competent people, I feel quite blessed. Actually, in more ways than that, I feel honored that I'm able to connect what I love the most about life into a professional career. Rock climbing, Squamish and People. I'm not certain a job can be more rewarding than this. Teaching the art of moving over stone inspires me and sometimes I feel like a greedy mortgage broker when I tell people how freaking good this part of the world can be, and yah, there is a school just over that hill, and houses are way cheaper than Vancouver. Sure, it has an off-season, but so does everywhere else in the world. Where can you find world class mountain biking, rock climbing, alpine climbing, kite boarding, kayaking, fishing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, golfing and acid dropping? It's all here, and it's all good. So for now, domestic life has been treating me well. I even got a TV and DVD player for all those rainy nights in November, I bought a box set of the Simpsons and I can't wait to dig in with a bowl of popcorn, of course, not until my training is done. I have to whip myself into some kind of shape first.
I think Sept is a time for change, like April or May, but in a different regard. The fall is coming and winter is never far behind. Now is the time to step into nature, for the next few weeks or months the silence in the forest beckons us, the friction is unequaled, the air is crisp and the sky is changing colors, we have a duty to not let a second of that be wasted. This is the most precious and sacred time of year, a peaceful time just for us.