Amy Adventures On: Rock Climbs, Road Trips & Snow Storms

Prequel: Ashy & Amy’s Great Adventure: Arcata, San Francisco & Yosemite

 

All living, of the eating and sleeping variety at least, was done out of Camp 4 in the Yosemite Valley.

Camp 4 is hot bed, if you will, for international climbers. These hills ain’t no joke. Hundreds were gathered from far & wide to have a shot at the challenges of the mammoth rocks that surround them. Dozens more were gathered in line at the check-in station at 6:30 in the morning hoping to get a site at the infamous Camp 4.

Ashy & Amy, however, were not quite prepared for that kind of adventure. They didn’t have a single rope or harness between them. And they definitely didn’t have a reservation at the coveted Camp 4. They did, however, have a carload of fresh farm stand vegetables and a bottle of peach champagne, they were sure to make friends.

Luckily, they didn’t have to go too far. Amy’s laugh can be heard from a distance, and they were soon reunited with Petr & Jake whom Amy had met during her stay in Arcata. Petr, a Czech with a travel addiction and Jake, an American with a work addiction made for a perfect pair. They were ideal guides for the environment.

They had all the gear…

… and were able to take them on some good climbs. They led,

…and Ashy & Amy followed. That was it. Amy, in particular, was hooked. The climbing bug, as they call it. She got it. It wasn’t lettting go.

But the duo didn’t just drop everything and join the international climbing circuit. They had to do some more exploring…

….and marveling, before their stay in the Yosemite Valley was through.

Amy, as we recall, was conflicted. She could continue on the super fun road trip extravanganza with Ashy girl extraordinaire…

…or do the responsible thing and head back to Arcata for a big garden workshop party that we’ve been planning for all month.

 

Well, dear reader, Amy chose the later and hopped in a rugged Toyota truck with two handsome young men and headed back north to the Garden Collective.

OK, the handsome young men were Petr & Jake, and they were planning on going on a tiny adventure before they made it back to Arcata. First there was the Tuolumne Meadows in Northern part of Yosemite National Park.

But there was a snow storm coming and they were planning on closing the road out of the park. So the newly formed adventure trio decided to head North through Nevada, which inevitably ended up in the casinos…

…mostly to eat giant cheap burgers. After these boys’ two week stay in Yosemite Valley, this was quite a treat. Petr is a particular fan of the American fare. He was always complaining about how he didn’t have enough bread or potatoe in his diet.

By now the snow storm that was bent on blanketing the mountains with that first snowfall was right behind them. Jake and Petr, best friends for life, were set on conquering the oncoming storm with only their wits and their tents. Amy on the otherhand, was hoping for a hotel in Reno. The boys, bent on adventure, insisted they trek on. They settled on a charming little campsite next to a stream in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Amy, still having her wits about her, decided to sleep in the cab of the truck, while the boys chose the bed of the truck & a bevy sack on the ground outside, by the time they awoke they were covered in 6 inches of snow. Amy, however, was safe inside…

Our adventure duo perked up with excitement. It was time to use the rugged truck to make fresh tracks on the snow.

However, as soon the trio made its ways down the mountain and out of the snow, they realized, the food box was still at the campsite. The morning rush had missed just one thing…

They had to go back, but not before Jake gets some coffee & Petr rescue rangers someone from the snow. It took them many hours to make it to Redding, California where a friend awaited with hot showers, laundry facilities and a fireplace to play Mancala next to.

They mountain biked & visited waterfalls before they made their way back to Arcata, California…

Just in time for Amy to prepare for the big garden party and have a visioning/planning session for a new garden space in McKinnleyville. So that is where we leave off, dear reader, Arcata, California for another fun filled session of gardening & volunteering. Until we meet again…