The Last Day


It’s always sad. Especially when you know that it’s the last one.

The last day of the season is a bittersweet experience. You ride the fine line of wanting to finish up your projects before the snow sets in and yet you still want to just sit back and enjoy the day.

While there will be other days and trips throughout the rest of winter, the Wisconsin rock season is all but over now. We’ve got anywhere from 6 inches to a foot and a half of snow on the ground now. There are more than likely going to be a couple of frigid outings full of tarps, brooms and space heaters. Chances are that if the snow sticks around until February I’ll get frustrated with the gym and try to do another Southern Illinois trip over a weekend. Maybe I’ll even camp in a Wal Mart parking lot again. Just to get the full experience.

Until then, memories and pictures of the last day will have to suffice. This fall season has been one of my most rewarding yet. Not because of any particular sends, in fact very few took place. In terms of numbers, Fall of 2007 was my best ever, but it wasn’t even close to being my favorite. This year stuck out because every single day that we went to the boulders we had fun. There wasn’t a single day that I didn’t have a good time. I spent time with friends and was able to let go of pressures that used to bog me down.

It was perfect. I really couldn’t have asked for a better fall. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun climbing.

It’ll be a new year soon with new goals and dreams. More than anything I’m excited to see what next year has in store for me. Maybe I’ll finally step up to the plate and finish off Sandstone Violence. Maybe…

2 responses to “The Last Day

  1. Nice post, Steve. And word to long drives to the Holy Boulders over weekends.

  2. Thanks Jason. Gotta love the holies….