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The Climbing Club • View topic - A Week in the Life of jjantz: Part One

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It started like any other other trip, as the end of another trip. I had been strategically dropped in Chelan after a failed attempt on the CBC (canadian border crossing). Gary, Eric, Erin and Irene headed south to L-dub after a short tour of the finer parts of Central Washington. I was happy to be home. It had been a bit since I had stayed in Chelan so it was nice to spend time with my second family. Coco had brought her roommate Angie home for an education on life in the Columbia Valley. She was very excited at the chance oppurtunity to drive a Gator (atv like vehicle by John Deere) as the football team had denied her requests. Josh and Larry worked on changing Coco's oil while Angie, Coco and myself rallied hard around the orchard. I took them up top at which point Angie realized she wanted to be an adopted Poirier child as well. Taking heed to the scary depiction of death on this machine we escaped its clutches for yet another day. Next stop was grandpa and grandma Poirier's place. They have a small packing warehouse along with a CA (controlled atmosphere-- oxygen levels are brought down to 1% for long term storage) room. Larry made my fruit education complete as I eagerly learned the inner workings of these facilities. We then headed inside for a visit. Larry's father is awesome. I don't think I could do justice to a description ... one needs to meet him and/or hear some stories- very funny stuff. Dee makes Fred Beckey appear as a dull character.

More fun followed and later in the next day I headed back to Spokane with Coco and Angie. Since Chelan had been my home since arriving back from the north country I had a bit of stuff with me. Almost all of it was piled into Coco's Blazer; aside from room for 3 passengers, the vehicle was piled to the ceiling. Heavy and fast, it's the only way to go. Traveling amidst wheat fields near Mansfield we watched in awe as the sky exploded in color. It was one of the most spectacular I have seen in a number of years. The enchanments were framed as toy mountains in the background. Some of my best photos are mental. The miles rolled off in the dark and at last I was home. I hadn't been in Spokane for more than 5 hours since early August. I had missed my parents; arriving home was a treat. We unloaded the Blazer and my parents welcomed me and the pile of stuff I brought to their doorstep.

The next morning my dad and I were busy making plans for another trip. When I was a young child he spent a short period working in the wilderness of Central/Southern Idaho, a land he had never returned to and a land I had never seen. For a bit the weather was unfriendly. Winds in excess of 50 mph pushed through the area. We postponed for a day.


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