10SLEEP: TEAMTRYHARDON

Finding freedom in Wyoming.

Finding freedom in Wyoming.

Thump, thump, thump… snap. Thump, thump. Groggy, I sat up in my sleeping bag and peered out the small window of our tent. I squinted to make sense of the abstract shapes forming in the pre-dawn light. Thump, thump.. “What was that?” Robyn asked sitting up. The noise of Robyn rustling in the tent prompted our visitor to raise his massive head and turn to look in my direction. “Oh shit,” I said as I starred into the rack of a bull moose not 15 feet from my tiny window. We sat in silence as I weighed our options, stay still or risk it and flee? If it weren’t for a previous encounter with a bull moose in Alberta during which we ran for our lives as we were chased back to camp this decision would have been obvious. Thankfully, before I was forced to make any bad choices the bull lost interest, lowered his rack and continued grazing as he ambled through our camp.

Our camp outside a small town in Wyoming on our way up. Complete with a LARPING gathering.

Our camp outside a small town in Wyoming on our way up. Complete with a LARPING gathering.

The last week of July was spent in the same fashion of the previous year, camping and climbing with Ben in Ten Sleep Canyon in rural north-central Wyoming. Ten Sleep is a beautiful subalpine canyon bisected by Ten Sleep Creek and flanked with yellow and grey walls of high quality limestone. This year Ben’s friends and founders of the (sarcastic) climbing team “teamtryhardon” Chad and Chris joined the crew. We were even blessed with a surprise visit from the king of limestone himself Steve “Leroy Jenkins” Dodd, in his classic “oh hey guys, you were coming here too?” fashion. Our crew was strong; in fact this was the strongest group of people I have ever climbed with. Everyone was focused, stoked and killing it. We had an incredible week.

"Hmmm.. where to start?" - The Ark

“Hmmm.. where to start?” – The Ark

Drying out shirts in the sun after a long hike up to the crag.

Drying out shirts in the sun after a long hike up to the crag.

Chris on Bazooka Face (5.12a) at The Ark.

Chris on Bazooka Face (5.12a) at The Ark.

Hot sports action!

Hot sports action!

The face on his way up July Jihad (5.12b).

The face of the team on his way up July Jihad (5.12b).

Chris on an 11+ extension at The Ark. This place is killer.

Chris on an 11+ extension at The Ark. This place is killer.

Try till you puke.

Try till you puke.

Support this brewery!!!!!!

Support this brewery!!!!!!

The sign for Ten Sleep Brewing is a cowboy riding a keg. Awesome.

The sign for Ten Sleep Brewing is a cowboy riding a keg. Awesome.

Robyn continued her unconscious assault on Ten Sleep Canyon, yet again setting personal bests with a flash of Tricks For You (5.12a) and a staggering second go ascent of the mammoth Left El Shinto (5.12c) marking her hardest climb to date. Her confidence on Ten Sleep limestone is absolutely through-the-roof and when she is in the zone anything can happen.

Robyn negotiating some small holds and tough sequences on her flash of Tricks For You (5.12a).

Robyn negotiating some small holds and tough sequences on her flash of Tricks For You (5.12a).

Robyn flashing Tricks For You (5.12a).

Robyn flashing Tricks For You (5.12a).

Rest day at Deer Haven.

Rest day at Deer Haven.

Cool lodge at the top of the canyon.

Cool lodge at the top of the canyon.

"I hate this game! This is impossible! It's all probability!" --zeros

“I hate this game! This is impossible! It’s all probability!” –zeros

Going for it!

Going for it!

BUST!

BUST!

Rest day at Meadowlark Lake.

Rest day at Meadowlark Lake.

Who needs a shower when you can dip in an alpine lake?

Who needs a shower when you can dip in an alpine lake?

Despite injuries and surgery, Steve bounced back to take down several proud lines on this trip. Most notable was his perfectly choreographed ascent of The Gravy Train (5.12b). I don’t think I have seen anyone climb a route as well as he did that day.

Steve on The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

Steve on The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

Our star athlete Ben powered through several tough climbs thanks to his religious practice of max curls (see power tank photo below). On short rest he made a wild ascent of July Jihad (5.12b) as well as joining the send train on The Great White Behemoth (5.12b). Ben is climbing stronger than ever this year after an all-time spring during which he took down Al’s Diner (5.13a) at The Fins.

Ben on Gravy Train (5.12b).

Ben on Gravy Train (5.12b).

GUNS

GUNS

Ten Sleep was kind to me as well, and the group psych and encouragement saw me to the top of The Name of The Game (5.13a) after leaving the draws up for a day of rest.

Ethan onsighting Ooh La La (5.12a) at the Superatic Pillar.

Ethan onsighting Ooh La La (5.12a) at the Superatic Pillar.

The golden light on the way out way serene.

The golden light on the hike out from The Ark was serene.

A view across the canyon to the main sectors of Ten Sleep.

A view across the canyon to the main sectors of Ten Sleep.

Chad’s send of The Great White Behemoth (5.12b) was certainly one of the most inspiring of the trip. I was lucky enough to have been hanging from an adjacent climb to watch the action as he crimped and monoed past the low crux.  His determination and intensity had my palms sweating proving without a doubt his role as the team captain.

Coach sending The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

The Captain sending The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

At the chains on The Behemoth. Sick send!

At the chains on The Behemoth. Sick send!

"One beer is a send beer and one is for if I don't send." - The Captain

“One beer is a send beer and one is for if I don’t send.” – The Captain

Chris was solid all week, also sending The Gravy Train (5.12b) as well as flashing Tricks For You (5.12a) and sending The Great White Behemoth (5.12b) among others. Most notable to me though was his sense of humor that kept us laughing all week.

This is a series of some of my favorite shots of the trip. Coach on Gravy Train (5.12b).

This is a series of some of my favorite shots of the trip. Coach on Gravy Train (5.12b).

Entering the crux on Gravy Train (5.12b).

Entering the crux on Gravy Train (5.12b).

Mid crux.

Mid crux.

Nearing the chains. Exposed. This route builds in difficulty right to the end!

Nearing the chains. Exposed. This route builds in difficulty right to the end!

Wyoming americana at its finest.

Wyoming americana at its finest.

Chicks dig micros.

Chicks dig micros.

Ben eyeing up some low crux moves on The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

Ben eyeing up some low crux moves on The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

The star athlete getting his TRYHARDON. The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

The star athlete getting his TRYHARDON. The Great White Behemoth (5.12b).

Ten Sleep Canyon has seriously increased its appeal as an extended-stay climbing destination with the addition of not just one, but TWO microbreweries! One is located in the sleepy town of Ten Sleep itself and the other in nearby Buffalo. Buffalo, also touting a free public pool (with showers!) a bowling alley and a grocery store still tops the list for rest days, but you would be amiss to neglect the 2nd St Café for its killer coffee and Ten Sleep Brewing Company for its down home atmosphere and great beers.

Summer isn’t normally considered ideal for climbing, but in our little Wyoming oasis we get to escape the hustle of everyday life and enjoy the company of great friends around a roaring campfire. To say this trip is merely a climbing trip would be cruelly unfair. It’s a time to reset, something to look forward to and then fondly back on. Anxiety can’t survive on a swaying hammock between towering pines.

Don't miss the coffee at this bakery. YUM.

Don’t miss the coffee at this bakery. YUM.

Truth.

Truth.

Clear Creek Brewing Co sampler on a rest day in Buffalo.

Clear Creek Brewing Co sampler on a rest day in Buffalo.

Send bonfires.

Send bonfires.

Fuzzy group shot from a stranger. TEAMTRYHARDON

Fuzzy group shot from a stranger. TEAMTRYHARDON

Back in Golden the early morning air has that fall feel. By 10 a.m. the crisp air mixes with the heat of the strong Colorado sun, but a glance at the mountains shows the first dusting of snow in the alpine. Robyn is talking non-stop about pumpkins and cinnamon. Dreams of dry afternoon cragging sessions sans thunderstorms fill our thoughts. Already, plans for next year’s week long escape are taking shape. Where will we go next summer/fall? My guess is we will find ourselves tying in with many of the same faces at a crag not to unfamiliar.  One that shaped who we are as climbers and one that is long overdue for a visit.

More Budgeting: Rice, Beans and Tortillas

This budgeting thing is never ending. It’s been a few months now since we began implementing our new plan and so far, we’ve been diligent about adhering to it. After paying bills and a little extra on loans each month, we are left with an itty bitty amount of disposable income to use for fun. We’ve found that setting aside this adventure fund, albeit a small one, allows us to enjoy a beer or two out, buy a new guidebook and catch appetizers with visiting friends and family. It has also kept us more intentional and mindful of how we spend our money.

Over the next few weeks, this could get even more challenging. We are both in need of some new wintry gear; both in clothing and hard goods. Thankfully, we get a bargain on most gear and are hoping to keep expenses relatively low for as long as we can. Until November, this may mean rice, beans and tortillas for dinner. A lot. I think I am okay with that. These, after all, are some of my favorite dinner combinations. Ask me again in December. I may have a different outlook. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

treats are few, but when they happen, they are mighty delicious.

treats are few, but when they happen, they are mighty delicious.

As fascinating as this stuff is, I cannot wait to make our last loan payment. I can only imagine how being debt-free feels. It will be exciting to join the club, as well as be able to save for future expenses, like little Davis woolies and a house to call our own.

Team Clips Verse Colorado

I love when friends come to visit. Beer and town tours always seem more exciting; tastier too! A few weeks ago, JP, Michele and lady Galena found their way to Colorado, exploring the Front Range and other surrounding areas. Their agenda was packed: school visits and orientations for Michele and interviews for JP. We managed to steal them away from business for a few days and enjoyed ample brews, chatter of dreams, finances, snowy adventures, building a tiny house (yes, that’s right! You can follow their progress here), and their possible move to Colorado. Of course, rock climbing was also a must-do before their departure back to Idaho.

Michele killing it on her first lead climb.

Michele killing it on her first lead climb.

Prior to their arrival, we had talked about summiting of one Colorado’s many 14ers; however, due to time constraints, we opted for a fun-filled day of sport clippin’. We decided to check out East Colfax Crag in Clear Creek Canyon. The routes are varied in movement, style and grade. This area is also a great introduction to lead climbing and provided the perfect opportunity for Michele to lead her first-ever sport route, For the Children (5.4). Michele rocked it! She clipped the anchors with ease and once on the ground, roped back up to send it again! She’s a natural.

Hang dem draws!

Hang dem draws!

Making and sharing memories with such great friends is priceless. Their visit was a warm way to usher in summer and welcome new adventures. We chat with these two frequently and miss hanging out with them on a regular basis. Their tiny house will be ready to move in to come spring and their travels may just find them near Golden, Colorado. If they roam in the area for too long, we may never let them leave.

A Quick Update

My morning commute to work has been absolutely serene lately. A slight, cool breeze and low morning light remind me that autumn is right around the corner. The evenings, too, feel a bit more, dare I say it, fall-like, losing the sweet smells of grass and humid, clammy air. This transition is my favorite. The heat and mosquitoes of summer quietly disappear. Camping becomes much cozier and climbing psych is at an all time high. Temperatures become ideal for rock scrambling and the festive thoughts of cinnamon-pumpkin treats are difficult to ignore.

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fall is headed our way and I can barely wait for it!

This weekend, we plan to celebrate the end of summer. Mid-to-high 70s will kindly greet us and local weather experts are calling for a ‘dusting’ of fresh snow in the mountains. We’re headed to another new crag about an hour outside of Denver, exploring and climbing the rock of Devil’s Head. Hopefully soon, we can find some time to post our weekend getaway and our previous adventure to Ten Sleep with great friends, new and old.

These last few weeks have flown by; it’s been challenging to keep up. Winter will be knocking on our door before we know it.

CO Craggin’ and Vincent Rolls Again!

Clear Creek Canyon, Matthew-Winters Park, Elevenmile Canyon, Flagstaff, Penitente, Rifle, Shelf Road, Table Mountain, Morrison… The list is growing, along with our list of fun climbing partners. And how can we live 15 minutes from the mouth of Eldorado Canyon and not climb there yet? Yeah I don’t really have a great answer to that except that there is just so much to explore!

Crazy Mountain Brewery may be my new favorite in Colorado.

Crazy Mountain Brewery may be my new favorite in Colorado.

Picnic grounds near the creek. Rifle, CO.

Picnic grounds near the creek. Rifle, CO.

Robyn, is learning some cool tricks with our camera. I really liked this shot.

Robyn, is learning some cool tricks with our camera. I really liked this shot.

One of the several beautiful granite domes lining Elevenmile Canyon.

One of the several beautiful granite domes lining Elevenmile Canyon.

Moose sending a cool 5.9 corner.

Moose sending a cool 5.9 corner.

Hanging at Chris' place. Workin' the grill after a long day bouldering at Flagstaff Mountain.

Hanging at Chris’ place. Workin’ the grill after a long day bouldering at Flagstaff Mountain.

It’s hard to imagine we have lived in Colorado for over 6 months now. In fact sometimes it’s hard to believe we actually live here and it’s not just another phase in an ever changing adventure. Now that summer is in full swing and the stresses of finding and adapting to new jobs are over we have really started to settle in. We’ve agreed on a budget that helps us pay down loans but isn’t stifling and we’ve begun to explore the many beautiful crags our new backyard has to offer. Through it all we are feeling healthier and stronger by the day and Fall looks promising to be one of our strongest climbing seasons yet.

Elk wandering through the park. I took this picture from our window one evening.

Elk wandering through the park. I took this picture from our window one evening.

Chris' friend Adam sending a cool boulder at Flagstaff.

Chris’ friend Adam sending a cool boulder at Flagstaff.

Mark and Kristi taking Garrett out on his first camping trip!

Mark and Kristi taking Garrett out on his first camping trip!

Moose running it out on an Elevenmile classic.

Moose running it out on an Elevenmile classic.

Scenery along the drive home from another great weekend.

Scenery along the drive home from another great weekend.

Salida, CO

Salida, CO

Ian giving me a fly fishing lesson on Clear Creek.

Ian giving me a fly fishing lesson on Clear Creek.

One of a few nice fish we caught including my first ever on a fly rod!

One of a few nice fish we caught including my first ever on a fly rod!

While Colorado is a long way from home, we have been blessed with the company of some great friends and family. My dad came to visit for a long weekend and Will took his precious few days off from fire season to meet us at Shelf Road for some climbing. This was the same spot we wished Will luck as he entered his first season on the hot shot crew in Taos. Tomorrow JP and Michelle arrive for what I can only imagine will be an epic week of alpine annihilation, and Dan and Tess will join us on Wednesday for a visit during their trip out to see family in Estes Park.

The climbing scene in Colorado is a bit overwhelming at first. There are so many places to keep track of and loads of climbers of all abilities. You can find solace at an obscure block or turn the corner and rack-up with 30 of your new closest friends. You can climb alpine granite, power-endurance limestone or sculpted gneiss. Take your pick, they are all on the table this time of year. Although we are continuing to explore, a few crags are rising to the top of our list of favorites. One of which, and possibly the most surprising is Rifle. Robyn and I took Vincent out for a long weekend over the 4th of July. A test to see if he was mechanically sound enough to make it to Rocky Mountain National Park in late August to meet my folks. A very long story short, Vincent made it, although we climbed both passes (Vail and the Divide) at 25 mph on the shoulder of I70… Phew!

Vince around the campfire on night two at Rifle.

Vince around the campfire on night two at Rifle.

Another amazing beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

Another amazing beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

Robyn catching a cool reflection in our morning mugs.

Robyn catching a cool reflection in our morning mugs.

Robyn enjoying our makeshift chairs and table after an unfortunate burglary.

Robyn enjoying our makeshift chairs and table after an unfortunate burglary.

The incredible Project Wall at Rifle.

The incredible Project Wall at Rifle.

Yep. Never thought I would see this sign.

Yep. Never thought I would see this sign.

Playing with long exposures around the campfire.

Playing with long exposures around the campfire. Night one at Rifle

Rifle has an undeniable image to the average outsider. Before you go there all you can assume is that there are a bunch of cocky knee-barring robots climbing 5.14 chossy limestone caves. It probably has a lot to do with climbing media and the coverage the place gets with its difficult sport routes. What is omitted from these accounts is the absolute beauty of the place. A narrow cool canyon with beautiful walls of all shapes and angles converging on manicured picnic grounds along a crystal-clear creek, ample camping, and a vibe that was less than hectic. Add to that the number of challenging routes, and the easy access and you have a winning combo. Upon returning from Rifle, we immediately went to the gear shop to pick up a guide. We will be back this fall to build up our power-endurance and enjoy the crisp temps and fall colors.

One not-so surprising favorite is Shelf Road. Robyn heard the words “technical limestone” all the way from Idaho and her mind was immediately awash with pockets and crimps of all shapes and sizes. There was no escaping Shelf. Nestled on the arid side of the Rockies on a desert plateau, Shelf offers nearly year round climbing along miles of interesting and beautiful canyons. Meeting Will on his weekend off, we climbed with our friends Adam and Matt on one of the best weekends of the year. Adam and Matt both bring a psych for climbing that had Robyn and I immediately stoked and they have quickly become two of our best climbing partners.

Adam sending a beautiful 5.10d at the Darkside, Shelf Road.

Adam sending a beautiful 5.10d at the Darkside, Shelf Road.

Send treats after my hardest redpoint of the season at Shelf Road.

Send treats after my hardest redpoint of the season at Shelf Road.

And then there is good old Clear Creek. The same creek that bisects Golden on its way to the Coors Brewery. Clear Creek is just across the ball fields from our apartment, and gushes from the mouth of the Canyon after a wild descent from the divide. Rafters, kayakers, tubers, and fisherman flock here at different times of the year. It’s easy to look past your backyard crag, but the more we climb there, the more I love it. I can’t say that I’ve been on a bad route there yet, and the awesome routes are beginning to be to numerous to remember. As far as I am concerned Clear Creek is my new home crag and with money tightening up at the end of this summer, we will be seeing a lot of Clear Creek.

Chris on the 5.10a Mirthmobile at the Primo Wall, Clear Creek Canyon.

Chris on the 5.10a Mirthmobile at the Primo Wall, Clear Creek Canyon.

Robyn on Mirthmobile. This is one of the best 5.10's in the canyon.

Robyn on Mirthmobile. This is one of the best 5.10′s in the canyon.

Salida, CO.

Salida, CO.

Sister of Mercy 5.12b at Penitente Canyon, CO.

Sister of Mercy 5.12b at Penitente Canyon, CO.

Bruno on the challenging Dos Hombres 5.11b stemming corner in Penitente Canyon.

Bruno on the challenging Dos Hombres 5.11b stemming corner in Penitente Canyon.

Isn't that a thing of beauty?! Bullet the Blue Sky 5.12c/d at Penitente Canyon.

Isn’t that a thing of beauty?! Bullet the Blue Sky 5.12c/d at Penitente Canyon.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

Penitente Canyon, CO

Penitente Canyon, CO

Two weeks from now we will say goodbye to Colorado for the first extended period of time since we arrived in January. Our annual trip to see Ben on his birthday will again bring us to Tensleep, WY for a week of camping and crushing. Ben has been on a tear this year recently sending his first 5.13! Can’t wait to catch up with him, and spend a nice week relaxing in the solitude of the high green meadows by a crackling fire.

Update on Becoming Debt Free

We’re still budgeting and I’m still extremely fascinated by the process. Our progress; however, has definitely slowed since taking an oath to become debt free. We are constantly crunching numbers, saving pennies and only spending money on the necessities. We are diligently hammering away at the ol’ loans. It’s exhausting; I remain optimistic.

paying loans off, one small bit at a time.

we’re paying our loans off, one small bit at a time.

As mentioned previously, we utilize a spreadsheet to help track our expenditures and are quick to adjust it if we overspend in a certain category. We’ve had a few unexpected car repairs that required more from our savings than either one of us preferred. We’ve managed to replenish it and are back on track toward paying off our loans. I’ve added a financial log to our closet door, too. Using a giant sharpie marker, I scribble in what our total remaining debt is for that month. This has given us a tangible number to work with; keeping progress visible and our motivation levels high.

It has certainly been challenging – some days more than others. All this sweat, math and spreadsheet-love will be worth it. I just know it.

Flavors of Fall

brisk and beautiful after a nice rain storm.

why hello, fall.

Dark, stormy and ominous clouds rolled into Golden late last night. We were abruptly woken up by an unforgettable lightening show and the wild hammering of rain – puddles were seeping out from every nook and cranny of our old apartment windows (they’re a bit rickety and apparently, leaky). The sight of such a storm and the fresh smell of earth, flowers and crisp air tickled my senses. I quickly fell back to sleep dreaming of vibrant fall leaves and pumpkins.

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a favorite dish of ours: pumpkin mac. yum!

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frosty and thematic beers are always fun!

My bike ride to work this morning also brought on a flood of fall memories: pumpkin-almond lattes, cinnamon-banana cookies, brisk morning trail runs and perfect climbing temperatures.

mini pumpkins are my favorite!

mini pumpkins are my favorite!

Truth be told, I am a sucker for fall.

Bus Livin’

As of late, we’ve been playing catch-up; scrambling about to get everything done. Thankfully, we’ve discovered Conscious Coffee, the sweetest roaster out of Boulder that has kept us energized and alert during these long, bustling days. Our lack of blog posts prove we are off enjoying summertime adventures, as we hope you are out doing the same.

climbing Tioga Pass.

climbing Tioga Pass.

We are Rifle bound this weekend; a three-hour trek and we’re hoping ol’ Vincent will get us there. To gear up, we spent the last few evenings cleaning out our handsome rig: vacuuming, washing and restocking him with our favorite foods. As we cleaned and packed, memories of our 6-month bus adventure, living and traveling out of Vincent, quickly resurfaced. The desire to live out of our trusty camper bus again was also inescapable.

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snowy camping near Lake Tahoe.

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Vincent visits the desert.

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redwoods are big!

Maybe we can balance both: a simple lifestyle of living and climbing while managing a demanding work schedule…. sounds incredibly ideal to me.

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gazing out at Mt. Borah.

More stories and summery updates after our weekend of campfires, new brews, and excellent climbing. Until next time, cheers and happy weekend to you!

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yum.

Dragon Wedding

Welcome!

Welcome!

Here is the speech I read at Grigore and Beth’s wedding. Robyn and I had a GREAT time meeting the families and friends of these two. They are perfect for each other and we couldn’t be more stoked. Assume all the good photos were taken by the wedding photographer (but I take credit for the ass shot.. you’ll see.)

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Warm suds

Warm suds

Breakfast

Breakfast

I first met Greg soon to be known as Grigore in a barn in Central Pennsylvania. The barn was a place where as bright, young, ambitious, grad students we spent our time building climbing walls, drinking beer, conversing with farm animals like Gobbles the turkey (Rest in Peace), and generally trying to do anything but think about grad school.

The Barn a.k.a. The Gobbles Memorial Structure from maowcakes on Vimeo.

OK

OK

Killin' it!

Killin’ it!

Homies

Homies

Lookin' good.

Lookin’ good.

Now it has come to my attention that there is some confusion around how Greg, transformed into Grigore, so I thought I could help clear things up a bit. Rock climbing had soon became a common thread through many of my adventures with Grigore. And we have spent hundreds of hours trekking back and forth to the New River Gorge together down in West Virginia. One fateful weekend our friend Rob joined us on our journey to the New and that weekend still to this day remains one of the best weekends I can remember.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Da boyz

Da boyz

Nice pants

Nice pants

At the base of a particularly challenging climb, then young Greg was taking repeated huge falls from the top of the cliff, falling 20 feet or more to mere feet from the ground. With each fall he let out a consecutively more hilarious primal shreek that had Rob and I dying at the base. Naturally, we gave then Greg a hard time about all of this. The shreek, we joked sounded like it came from some sort of mythical winged creature, like a dragon protecting its lair. Quickly the story took on a life of its own as we transformed Greg into a Dragon. He needed a name however and in one magical moment of firing synapses Rob blurted out GRIGORE! GRIGORE THE DRAGON!

Grigore the Dragon crushing at the Red River Gorge, Kentucky

The ladies

The ladies

He's not really that tall.

He’s not really that tall.

Not going to end well..

Not going to end well..

That's about right

That’s about right

On the very next attempt, we encouraged our new dragon buddy to the same spot from which he had fallen three times before, but this time he completed the climb and clipped the rope in safely. He was smiling ear to ear, elated and stoked beyond belief, so we encouraged him to embrace his dragon powers and let out a celebratory dragon yell. He did, and it echoed across the lake, sealing the deal forever and a dragon was born.

The beard

Dan was the only one who could pull this off.

Dan was the only one who could pull this off.

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No peeking!

No peeking!

About two-and-a-half years ago Grigore and Beth joined Robyn and I at our wedding out in Oregon. It was our first chance to spend time with Beth, and I could tell right away it wouldn’t be the last. Grigore is one of those people that all I want is to see him happy. And Beth does that for him, and through their love also brings joy to everyone lucky enough to spend time with them. So thank you Beth!

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Shenanigans

Shenanigans

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Seth did an awesome job!

Seth did an awesome job!

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Thank god! These were burning a hole in my pocket..

Thank god! These were burning a hole in my pocket..

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Grigore on our Honeymoon in BC

 

One last note, Grigore had a bit of extra time on his hands after our wedding and we invited him to join us on our honeymoon rock climbing trip through Canada. Now some of you may think that that’s weird.. and well you are right.. but for Robyn and I it was just natural to have Grigore around. So that being said, I bought my plane ticket to Hawaii last night, and …[take out and put on Hawaiian Lei]… I am very much looking forward to an invite!

 

 

 

Group hug!

Group hug!

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Inviting myself on their honeymoon..

Inviting myself on their honeymoon.. Beth looks terrified!

Speeches

Speeches

Professor Dan had graphs.

Professor Dan had graphs.

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Dance party

Dance party

Davis'

Davis’

Tasty!

Tasty!

I think they practiced

I think they practiced

Love you guys! All the best!

Dragon Party

In his last days as a bachelor Grigore did all the things he should do. He ate processed food covering all the major food groups: bacon, kraft and beer. He shot two types of weapons. He swam in a cold lake. He played games and he sat by fires. We had an awesome time at our cabin oasis in Wisconsin. In fact. I kinda want to be sitting by the fire telling fish stories right now. Cheers to everyone who made it out and made the bachelor party so memorable. I must say, he is a lucky dude and it shows by the caliber of cool people he and Beth surround themselves with. Here are a few shots from the Dragon Party.

I know what you're thinking. "Grigore is a lefty!? WTF?" Gross I know.

I know what you’re thinking. “Grigore is a lefty!? WTF?” Gross I know.

Truth

Truth

Fish

Fish

Hunting

Hunting

Pound a beer, shoot a beer.

Pound a beer, shoot a beer.

Recycling

Recycling

Lies

Lies

GPS

GPS

Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady

Life lessons

Life lessons

Dragoncorn, or Horny-Dragon

Dragoncorn, or Horny-Dragon

Jon

Jon

Fish

Fish

Bigger Fish

Bigger Fish

Shy duck

Shy duck

Swimming

Swimming

Warming up after a dip.

Warming up after a dip.

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These will change the way you eat cheese forever.

These will change the way you eat cheese forever.

These things are amazing! Puts string cheese to shame!

These things are amazing! Puts string cheese to shame!

Supplier of cheese and ice cream.

Supplier of cheese and ice cream.

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Seth

Seth

Safety man

Safety man

Odds are good with this shot..

Odds are good with this shot..

Time to shoot guns.

Time to shoot guns.

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Seth rolling out another section.

Seth rolling out another section.

Moving dock.

Moving dock.

This process was actually quite fun!

This process was actually quite fun!

Finished!

Finished!

We survived on processed foods, bacon and cheese for 3 days.

We survived on processed foods, bacon and cheese for 3 days.

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Moose

Moose

Dragon nap

Dragon nap

Garnish

Garnish

Buck

Buck

Mee too.

Me too.