One nice thing about climbing and traveling alone is that you can shape your own experience, you can do exactly what you want. If a climb, a scene, or vibe is not working for you, you can simply move on.
Which is exactly what Dalan did when he emerged out of the forest, happening upon our ragtag assembled group loud with dogs, music, and people. He was kind but seemed to be on a mission. I can relate, respect this.
The next day, however, when my group was small, with a few less dogs, and the only music was the wind through the pines, Dalan stuck around. This was more his scene and we spent the day touring around the boulders.
Then not until the next weekend, when it was just me and him, did I learn more about him and how he incorporates climbing into his traveling job. We also discovered that we share some very close mutual friends. “Here, come over here, the light’s better.”
“I’ve never had a portrait taken of me.” I guess there’s a time and place for everything. I’m glad we found the time.
I believe you can have a meaningful relationship whether it lasts 30 years or 30 minutes.
I’m interested in you, not how hard you climb. —————————————
Looking ahead. I got a fortune cookie that said “Your imagination is a preview to life’s coming attractions.” And while I like that idea, I also believe we have no idea what life will bring, how good it can get. I, for one, am open to surprises. 📸 @nineacrephotography until I run out ✌️