Southeast Road Trip, Part 2: Birmingham and Memphis

So, not only did we get to do a little bit of climbing, we also visited our good friends Kenny and Yoon, and their two beautiful children Aria and Ian. It was so great spending time with them in their home.

Birmingham:

Yum! Korean food.

David makes sure the cupcake batter tastes juuuuuust right….

Aria did an amazing job of filling the cups!

Ian patiently watches them bake

Mmm sugar before bedtime. The best!

Happy 32, woman!

Pillsbury Funfetti can do no wrong.

Still and always will be…a kid.

Memphis:

Memphis BBQ at the famous Rendezvous!

Graceland

Drive by tourists

Stax Museum in the heart of Soulsville, USA

New Years sampler at Boscos

Southeast Road Trip, Part 1: Horsepens 40

David and I decided practically last minute to take a road trip to the southeast. We were super excited because neither of us had been there and we had heard of the many amazing places to rock climb. Although our trip was short, we were able to climb a few days in one of the best places in the SE, Horsepens 40, just outside of Steele, Alabama (about an hour from Birmingham). Our friend Erwin was in town visiting family as well, and he was able to sneak out and join us the first day for an afternoon on the beautiful boulders.

Day 1:

The temperature was in the high 30s. Burr!

Getting ready to crush! Ha ha ha

The rock is slopey sandstone. Sticky. Yummy.

Erwin warming up

This is a lot harder than it looks! I should probably lay off the donuts.

Two tiny holds to another tiny hold

My turn

David tops out!

Day 2 (my birthday!):

Starting the day off with a good birthday breakfast!

The rock is SO weird looking.

Finding my own beta on Growing Stone V2

David cruises up the problem after a few tries. I’m so jelly.

One of the coolest formations we bumped into!

A view on top of Chandler Mountain

Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving in Austin with our very good friends Alison and Erwin (who, by the way, recently got ENGAGED!) Here are a few pics to document our exhausting time in the kitchen. Totally worth it! We are so thankful to have such wonderful friends who like to EAT! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

The beginnings of my roasted butternut squash soup

Googling “stuffin’ muffin recipe”

David thinks this part is the most fun

Chris and Greg’s riced potatoes

Erwin’s green bean casserole

My final plating of the soup

Erwin’s perfectly moist turkey. SO GOOD!

Way too excited about chowing down

The aftermath part one

The aftermath part two

Time to work off those calories!