Sunday, February 20, 2011

Free Climbing & Frisbee w/ Taylor Swift

 It was a good week/weekend. Really busy through Wednesday, but then Thursday was day of prayer and we got off from classes. One of the events for today was to go and pray with a group in the Pocket wilderness area, which is an abandoned mining zone with lots of mountains and ravines and waterfalls and other interesting topography. My suite-mates, Drew and Drew and I (also Drew), decided to break away from the group and climb up the face of Buzzard Point, which is a mountain/large hill with a huge rocky outcropping at the top (you can actually see it from campus, although it's several miles away.)

After hiking straight up the steepest part of the hill we decided to try and climb the face by going through a set of almost vertical tunnels and crevasses. I had never done any rock climbing before, so it was a new experience for me. I'm not particularly afraid of heights or claustrophobic, but after about fifteen minutes of squeezing through little fissures in the rock with a 15ft. drop that very rapidly turned into a 500ft. drop below, I found that my legs were shaking almost uncontrollably. Then I squeezed through one last hole that was the smallest yet, and was suddenly on top, and surround by grass and trees again instead of rocks... which was a very good feeling.
 We still had to climb up one last outcropping to get to the highest point, but that was comparably easy and the view from the top was great! The little plateau I took this picture from was isolated from the rest of the Point, so we had to take a pretty good leap over a crevasse to get to where we could hike down easily into the valley again.

From there week hiked about two miles down the hill, across the river, and up the other side of the valley to get to Laural Falls.
It's February of course, but that day it was in the upper sixties, and we were hot from hiking all day, so we went under the waterfall. I'm pretty sure that was the coldest water I've felt since that time I went swimming in a lake in the Dolomite Mountains in Austria in April. This seemed even colder though, because the water was moving.

I had a hard time believing I had never been to Pocket before even though I've been in Dayton for over a year now. I guess that day made up for it though, as I did just about everything you would normally do there. I also managed to do something I haven't since I was about eleven or twelve years old: skin both my knees and elbows. So it was with a definite sense of accomplishment that I left that evening.

Last night I went somewhere else that I had never been before: Nashville. I went with about six other people, only two of whom I really knew, to see a hockey game.

We started the evening by going to the burger joint that Jimmy Buffet allegedly wrote the song "Cheeseburgers In Paradise" about. We were there at the suggestion of one of my friend's friends, who allegedly has played Frisbee with Taylor Swift (he goes to Belmont, where she had a boyfriend for awhile). It would have been really cool, except that an entire boy scout troop showed up, and we had to wait almost two hours for our food. By the time we got it the game had already started. We ate as fast as we could, made a mad dash for the cars, got separated, lost, had a nightmare finding parking, and missed the first period of the game. Fortunately no one scored during the first period though.

I hadn't been to a hockey game since I was nine or so, but I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't really even follow what was happening that closely... the atmosphere of a hockey game is just fun to be in.

After that we had to find our way out of Nashville, which took a while, and probably wasn't aided by our singing along with really loud MGMT... but it was fun.

1 comment:

Steph Pacay said...

Drew! It sounds like you had an incredible time! Your pictures make me jealous! haha! And isn't Nashville awesome?! And hockey?! haha I just now started going to games here at LU and I like the sport! =) love reading your blog! keep it up! miss you friend!