Friday, June 26, 2009

First day in California

On the airplane... CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME!

Doing a little yoga to start my day!

Eating a delicious, juicy plum

We walked around Pasadena and went to a cool fusion restaurant with a giant Siddartha head statue.

Admiring the fruit at a grocery store... something we do in our spare time. ;)

The farmer's market had CHERIMOYA!!!


Tim and I

On the first day we hung out in Pasadena. We went to the farmer's market and it was incredible! They had cherimoya and the most delicious apricots and doughnut peaches EVER. absolutely amazing. I met up with my good friend Calais and we went to a drive-in with her friends. I saw a cute movie called UP. It was great. We stayed at her house that night in Studio City.

I will post the rest of the trip soon... I don't have my camera cord with me right now to upload the pics from the other days.... I will post soon, guys! (hopefully... theres not always internet where I am)

Hope everyone is doing great! I'm having a BLAST!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Amazing pictures!

My good friend Elodie Saracco took some fantastic pictures of me last weekend. Check them out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

my 18th birthday

My 18th birthday was absolutely amazing. The best ever.

I woke up and went climbing outside at the Obed with Tim. I sent my project, Solstice, a really fun route ending with a 15 food horizontal roof. It was soooooo much fun!!!

me and tim:

eating a mango.... my favorite climbing fuel!

getting ready to send solstice! planning my moves...

cutting lots of bananas for future banana icecream! we had RIPE banana overload at the house!

mango pie!!! just dates, mangos, and bananas. THATS IT!!! so easy... freeze and serve!

I ended up spending the evening at The Marlowes house... they are good friends of mine. A few of my friends ended up being there too, so it was like a party!!! We had a blast. Here are some pictures that Elodie took:

These pictures were taken later in the week by Alan Howell. There are also LOTS of amazing pictures taken by Elodie but they haven't gone public yet. These pictures are taken on a climb called Solstice, my new favorite route. For the non climbers, yes, these pictures go this way:

Yesterday I went to Foster Falls with Big Crimpin, the climbing team here in Nashville. It was pretty fun. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures. I hadn't been there in about 2 years or so, and this trip really showed me how much stronger I have become!!! The hike was always really desperate for me back in the day and it always left me completely out of breath and about to faint. This time I was speeding up the steep hike with no problem at all. I felt stronger climbing too, despite the TERRRRIBLE humidity!!! I felt really precise with my moves... It was really nice to see how i've improved over past couple years!


tomorrow I leave to CA!!! I am going on a roadtrip! Tim and I are flying to LA and then driving up the coast of California, through Portland and Seattle, all the way to British Columbia to climb in a world-renowned climbing destination called Squamish. I promise I will keep you posted with pictures and stories!!!


I had a great weekend with my cousins at the lakehouse a couple weekends ago.

As much as I love climbing every week and getting outside, there are some days where being HOME with FAMILY sounds like the best thing I could do. I crave family time now and then, and this was the perfect weekend for it. I absolutely love my cousins, and we had a blast! We drove the jet ski, went tubing, went on sunset rides on the boat, and laughed till our stomachs hurt. Here are a few pictures from the lakehouse:

On the way back from the lakehouse, my friend called and told me that his friend came back from bonnaroo early and had 2 wristbands. Bonnaroo is a 4 day music festival full of hippies!!! I have been the past 4 years, but didn't have money this year. So I went with my friend at the last minute and i saw Phish, one of my favorite bands. It was incredible! and FREE!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


A couple weeks ago I went to the Red River Gorge in Slade, KY to climb.

It is my favorite climbing area. Extremely beautiful.

I had a blast. here are some photos:

and here are some taken by my friend Elodie Saracco: