Who gave this guy a drill? Actually, I am super excited for Steve, and hope to start searching and developing soon as well. Bolt the planet.
More and more it seems we are hard pressed just to get a quick post out before an avalanche of more fun pictures buries the last two weeks. Not that this is something to complain about of course because lately it seems the weeks are overflowing with great climbing, friends and family.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Robyn and I drove the back roads to my parents place “Night Hawk” outside of Halfway, OR. We were joined by my uncle Tony and aunt Lori, for days filled with hiking, yard projects, and exploring followed by nights of craft beers, wine verticals and deluxe meals.
A highlight of the weekend was certainly going climbing with my parents. Climbing has shaped our lives in the last 4 years more than any other activity. Despite this, it’s impossible to convey what it means to us or even start to describe the feeling to others who have never been. It was a real treat to finally get out with my folks and share time with them on the rock.
Believe it or not, this is a ‘thing’. In cities all over the country, more and more people are opting out of public transit, stuffy subway rides, and hours of endless traffic. Instead, they are lacing up their sneakers and running to work. Cool, right!?
It certainly has me intrigued and I can’t wait to try it. I think I could get hooked!
I love to run. I usually take a few hot laps around town during my lunch break, but now that the weather is getting hot, lunch time runs make for a sweaty mess. Instead of trying to ‘freshen’ up after my afternoon run, I am going to try the run commute. With a little effort the night before and a shower in the morning, I think I will have this dialed in no time — pack a nutritious lunch the evening before, fold work clothes into my bag, and add a few extra snacks to fuel me throughout the day.. BINGO!
For the first week, I will map out a good route to run. Being that I only live seven blocks from work, I will need a route that is a bit longer, more scenic, and loops around town. I think a four-mile morning run is the perfect distance to start with. I can decrease or increase with time. I also plan to arrive 20 minutes early to work. This will give me some extra time to cool down, enjoy my breakfast, and change into my work attire.
I still need to work out logistics of packing food, clothing, and snacks for the trek. I think it will be worth it.
What do you think? Would you try it?
Hopefully more to come as I get to them. This crag is about 40 minutes car to climb just to our south. A great place to train power and power-endurance during the week. The Lava Tubes are exactly that, a collapsed lava tube, and all these climbs are completely underground ending at the surface.
A few quick shots from our time here with Will before he headed back to another Montana fire season. Until next time, cheers buddy!
Some photos from our whirlwind trip to New York for Dan and Kelly’s wedding. We couldn’t be happier for our dear friend Dan. He has found a beautiful and caring woman to spend his days with. Thanks again for an amazing weekend cheers guys!
I really can’t say enough about spring in Hailey. It’s a fairyland. Colorful tulips line the sidewalks and fragile wildflowers pop up in the sneakiest of spots. Light lingers long into the evening and the sweet smells of nature tickle the senses. Thunderstorms come and go. Mornings are crisp and beautiful. It’s truly a lovely time of year.
We’ve certainly enjoyed every bit of it, too. We kicked off a wondrous weekend barbequing goodies with Poppa S and our good friend, Dave. Excellent chatter and homebrews lasted well into the evening.
Gardening and bus work were our main objectives for the sunny weekend. While the Davis dudes tinkered with Vincent, Dave and I tilled and planted bits of our garden. Bok choy and rainbow chard will be growing out of our ears in no time!
Tasty elk burgs and sweet cinnamon rolls capped off the night.
A most excellent spring weekend spent with the best kind of people.
Back to school? Na. Well… kind of.
For as long as I can remember, we’ve been dreaming about opening a brewery to share the amazing craft with others. Unfortunately, sharing such happiness, even on a small scale, can amount to thousands of dollars; a huge investment that neither one of us has much experience in. If things go awry, finances could get scary. Even ugly. So, instead of taking a huge financial leap, we’ve discovered another option: online business classes specifically for craft brewing.
Portland State School of Extended Studies is to blame for this awesome opportunity. They offer a Business of Craft Brewing Certificate option for folks like us, who love beer and have fuzzy plans to make it a career. Just to be sure this is an investment we want to invest in, we registered E for the first online class: Basic Business for Craft Beverages.
I am psyched and the class sounds awesome -
“This non-credit course provides an overview of the craft brewery business – from grower to glass. You will be introduced to the various players and processes that go into making and selling craft beer, from growing grains and hops to malting, brewing, distribution, and retail environments. You’ll also cover the different strategies and associated costs of creating a craft beer along with the different types of business models for selling craft beverage products. Business models for Distilleries and Alcoholic Cider facilities will be included.”
- An overview of the craft brewing industry, competitive dynamics, trends, and opportunities
- The process of getting from the field to the end consumer and the associated costs
- The regulatory environment in specific regions, associated taxes and licenses, and constraints on the different business models
- Strategies for differentiating product
- Creation a basic business plan for a new or existing business
The certificate program lasts about five months. There is an online class offered each month and an optional beer immersion course in Portland. For the immersion portion of the program, students will get to travel from brewery to brewery, sample some frosty beverages, and listen to various speakers on their love for the craft brewery industry. Cool, right!?
As we continue to brew our own beer, we will get to explore our business options without burying ourselves in loans and other financial obligations. What a deal!
I can hardly believe it. Time has flown by. It’s been an entire year since we left Alaska. Can you believe it?
I feel like I need to bake a slew of chocolate chip cookies or simmer a hearty stew on the stove with little Carter boys at my feet, being helpful kitchen mates.
Such wonderful memories; an incredible way to spend two years.
There’s certainly no shortage of fond memories or photos to share from our time in Alaska. We reminisce about our Alaskan adventures daily. I can picture it so clearly, so detailed.. like it was yesterday. We’re gathered around the wood stove, chatting candidly with the Carter family, a fresh pot of coffee on.. or a frosty adult beverage in hand.
Such a warm, beautiful journey. Thank you, Alaska. Cheers to you, friends.
I’ve been doing a lot of flight searches lately, in hopes of finding something somewhat affordable for our Mexico trip. The past few weeks, flights have been horrendously expensive. Up until today, I worried that we would have to pay an arm and a leg to travel there and back. This afternoon, luck was on our side. I found flights for $600 each. That is a bargain compared to any other price I’ve come across. And, so it goes. I hit the ‘booked’ button! We are going to Mexico!
One last item on the good ol’ to-do list: reserve the lovely casita we will be staying in – Quinta Adriana. I have an email out to Magic Ed containing precious details of our reservation. I am hoping to hear a reply from him soon.
It sure looks like an incredible place. Friends, climbing, Mexico. We are psyched!