April 28, 2003
The gig is up.

So I took off for the Easter long weekend to Smith Rock Oregon. The climbing trip was phenomenal. Pics are up now and more will be added as they drift in. (I'll let you all know).

For now the pics are up on the gallery:

Smith Rock

The weather co-operated very nicely and I'm in much appreciation of Eli, Jen, Amy and Ray who had a fire going and beers ready for our arrival at 01H30 on Thursday April 18th 2003. We left Monday April 21st 2003 since it was raining and didn't look like it would let up until later that night. We were planning on leaving Tuesday April 22nd anyway, but this would mean that we would sit around for another 24hrs with only a "possibility of climbing 1/2 a day on Tuesday". With the pro's and con's weighed we opted to pack up and leave. Breakfast manifested itself at the Black Bear Diner in Madras, Oregon.

A stop at the Portland Rock Gym inspired many locals by Sheri and Paul's abilities and technique. (I wasn't climbing very strong that day). Paul and Sheri managed to knock off all the hardest routes in the place. I took the opportunity to take a hot shower. My first shower in about 5 days.

After talking to the locals we found an "underground" sushi restaurant called Subaru's. (i think). The bamboo blinds were closed, there was no sign above the restaurant, only a mysterious black door. The rolls have got to be the biggest I've ever seen. The sushi itself was about 3 inches in length. I'm not exaggerating. You could not eat this with chop-sticks...practically impossible. I wish we had photos of the plate.

Memorable sayings:

Ray: Wow guys! My knot held.
All: "Fuck it up!". (said in the most positive aggressive demeanor)
Sheri: Ray, you are obnoxious, but I still love you.
Some random guy #1 to all of us: "You guys sure are loud for Canadians".
Some random guy to Ray and I: "Can you guys shut-up, my girlfriend is trying to red-point this".

Ray and I had two 'come-back' scenarios to this, but with-held them out of respect.

ray: "Technically it's a pink-point if all the draws are in."
me: "Sorry Tiger, I didn't realize we were on the 18th green".

...jokes ensue here about signs that say "quiet please" and "do not disturb, red-point attempt in progress"....

all in all a good time. hope i didn't piss anyone off too much with my maniacal laughter and silly jokes.

Tony: I still owe you $7 USD for that 12 pack. :)


Posted by cjones at April 28, 2003 01:03 AM
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