Good Morning…. As we wake up and slide out of the penthouse, we yawn, stretch, and throw on some clothes. Seems like a good time for a morning boulder session. But first,….
Yerba Mate(Yur-ba Ma-tay)! this is a traditional South America drink. You spoon the mate into the gourd, about 3 tablespoons. I like to add a squirt of agava nectar to add a little sweetness. Put the bombilla(mate straw) into the gourd, then pour the 150* water over the chopped leaves. We begin drinking as soon as the water is poured.
Sippin’ on some mate, and munchin’ on a snack, Donn has perfected his parking/camping skills (notice a fabulously shaded morning), so we can enjoy this morning to the fullest.
It was Bruce Lee who said,”be like water”. In life I do this, I “go with the flow”. I look forward to every experience and adventure of each day. Bouldering is one of my adventures. I love it! I love everything about it. I don’t always top out, only about 40% of the time. I have gotten good at down climbing.
When we are hiking or driving and see a boulder in the distance, larger than life, I just want to run to it and climb it. Or at least try.
I know it as the “swiss cheese” boulder, but It’s proper name, the “Stone Love” boulder, is much nicer. I can understand why they call it Stone Love, I hope you can understand why I call it Swiss Cheese. This place is ALWAYS enjoyable.
On the rock I try to focus on the ‘high’, not how high I am. I focus on each hold, my breathing, and if I will top it out. Maybe I will traverse instead, just depends on how ‘lite’ I feel at the time.
I stay focused, but at the same time I try not to be too serious. If I start thinking about the what ifs, What if my foot slips?, What if my hold breaks?, Where is my crash pad, what if my forearms pump out!?, I will just psych myself out.
But… If I clear my mind and focus on what is happening, and NOT what might happen, I can beat that mind game.
By the time I realize how high I am, I’m already up there. So might as well top it out..
Another beautiful morning. I love my life!