Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

Labor Day Weekend Adventure

Labor Day Weekend was yet another exciting adventure: rock climbing!  The boyfriend and I headed out to Vantage, WA, along the Columbia River and camped out at Frenchman Coulee.  The area is just breathtaking.  High desert where red, gray, and brown tinged canyon walls reach out their fingers to the river.  The huge basalt cliffs rise high above the road and their stony facades stare down on us with austerity.  Scraggly brush with the heady scents of sage and lavender serve as a ground cover for dessert hares and lizards while dragonflies flit over overhead.

The Feathers at Frenchman Coulee

Its lovely, I’m sure you get the picture.  But for now, I’ll digress.  There are hundreds of climbing routes at Frenchman Coulee, and the difficulty gradient welcomes all climbers.  Highlight of the weekend for me was a successful first lead climb.  Lead climbing is when you, the climber, have to set your own rope WHILE you are climbing a route.  It can be a harrowing climb if you’re on particularly difficult route or new to the idea of fumbling with your rope and quick draws.  My climb was an easy one so I had a great first experience.  And my belayer/boyfriend was most encouraging.

My first lead climb!

We also met some other people from the Bellingham area who were climbing for the weekend.  It was awesome to have some new friends and friends that we could climb with.  We camped together for the weekend, enjoyed “gourmet-style” camping food, and sparkling conversation by the campfire.

New friends and relaxing by the campfire.

I really must mention the food, I’m quite proud of myself for this one.  Picked up some salmon steaks and oysters from the Barleans Fishery on our way out of town.  My second time grilling salmon and first time grilling oysters, they turned out absolutely succulent.  I wish I had taken pictures.  My little Brinkman grill worked wonders for us.  We also made our signature burgers with red pepper, tomato, onion, cilantro and garlic mixed into grass-fed ground beef – so yum!

Between the climbing, jumping in the Columbia River to cool down, stopping in to Leavenworth for brats, wine tasting, and visiting The Hat Shop, and making new friends I have to chalk this one up to an epic weekend escapade!  What was your weekend adventure?

The Leavenworth Hat Shop

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This entry was posted on September 7, 2011 by in Adventure, Food, Friends, Rock Climbing.
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