Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Winter Golden Hours


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"Mail Pouch is one of Wheeling's most recognizable products. Aaron and Samuel Bloch began making chewing tobacco after experimenting with "cigar scrap." This afterthought quickly became a favorite with local coal miners and soon the rest of the country took notice with the help of Mail Pouch barns. From such humble beginnings grew one of America's most easily recognizable products. Mail Pouch's rustic appeal and popular barn advertisements have become a symbol of Americana.
The Bloch family emigrated to Wheeling from Germany in 1840s and opened a dry goods store on Main Street, between 12th and 14th Streets. The enterprising family also ran a stogie operation on the second floor of the building. After the flood of 1884 destroyed their grocery inventory, Aaron and Samuel Bloch sold their interests in the dry goods business and focused on tobacco production. The fact that the flood did not destroy their tobacco was taken as a sign that tobacco was their future."
More of the story here.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

A sick day

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I was out of bed probably for a total of 10 hours of the 96, but got a little air on one of the trips...
Mount Wood Cemetery
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And from the Mount Wood 'castle'
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ouray Climbing Day 3

It was just the 4 of us today!
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Mike was the first in!
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At the Chicks with Picks auction Jenny caught a pink party strap and passed it onto me, so my glasses were secure for the rest of the trip! 
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Ouray Climbing Day 3

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 2 - Shithouse wall

Walked right out of the Inn, but a bit of a hill and we were in the sun to climb for the day! Great approach!
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Going in for the first climb of the day
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Look mom! I didn't drop the tool this time!
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And we hit up the Wisenbaker Vapor Cave. It was ...interesting.... The hotsprings fed outdoor pool was much more enjoyable and it felt good to stretch our muscles out.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hiking around Schoolhouse Wall

Midday I needed to just keep moving to keep my feet warm.

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Sunset around the hotel
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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After flying into Montrose, we stopped to stretch our legs.
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Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison 

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Schoolhouse Wall

Day 1 of climbing at the Ouray Ice Park The approach to the top rope set ups couldn't have been easier and though the sunny air was around 40F, down in the canyon it was just as cold as I remember ice climbing to be. I had to move around and hike a bit to keep warm and ended my day a climb early to sit by the fire, but it was worth the warmth!
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Andy geting the noob ready
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Andy's first lead of the trip!
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