Bye-Bye Maple Canyon

I’ve been to Utah a few other times in my life, but I must never have bought liquor before. I had no idea that all the liquor stores were owned and operated by the State. 

State Liquor Agency Sign

The liquor agency in Nephi was only open 5 days a week, from 12-7.  
State Liquor Agency

Unlike other liquor stores, the Utah agencies only contain booze. Well, and a buck head. Inside SLADowntown Nephi had its charm. 

Reed's burger

We spent the last 2 weeks of our Maple Canyon climb-cation in the little town of Fountain Green, located only 10 minutes from the crags. Fountain Green is so tiny, they don’t even have a grocery store, just a sparsely filled General Store, a post office, and a gas station. You have to drive 14 miles to Nephi to do any real food shopping. 

Where's Tree

Thanks to the generosity of the owners, and that it was late in the season, we scored the “Apple Cottage” for a very reasonable price. The Apple Cottage is an old restored farm house on a half acre of property, surrounded by apple and pear trees. We had a great time playing house in a real house.  Normally, we wouldn’t choose to vacate the Bounder, but since the idyllic country cottage close to the canyon cost the same as the crappy RV park in Nephi, it just made sense. 

When Soleil noticed there were 2 bedrooms in the cottage, she squealed and claimed one for herself immediately, and then informed us her room was open by invite only. “Fuera Mama, fuera.”

 Luckily it wasn’t too hard to get on the list. Nothing a little chocolate couldn’t fix. 

Sol y Pa

Pa and Nana were passing through in their RV and spent a couple days with us.
Sol y Pa 2

Nana was able to catch a picture of me lead climbing, which doesn’t happen often since Tree and I are usually alone, and he’s belaying me, so busting out the camera would be kind of dangerous. Maple was a great place for me to practice leading on multiple routes. It definitely scares the crap out of me, but little by little, I’m getting used to the fear. Not sure I’ll overcome it, but maybe that’s not the point. I think the idea, for me anyway, is to learn how to stay calm, present and move with the fear. 
Stevie on lead

I just bought this book called “The Rock Warrior Way: Mental Training for Climbers.” Can you believe that shit? I’ve gone mental for this sport. Fortunately, it’s a family obsession. Tree’s always been nuts for it, and Soleil is following her in parent’s footholds, so to speak. 

Soleil called this route “The North Mountain.” She was Anna, Tree was Christoph, and I guess that made me Olaf? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, good for you. 

Soleil climbing1
Soleil Climbing 2

By the time we left Maple, the leaves were turning. 

Sol and Dada Climbing 2

Michael Angelo

Sol and Dada Climbing

This guy was hiding in our rope bag. He was the size of a tarantula but grey. Any idea what he is?


In the end, Maple Canyon ended up being one of our favorite places this year. 

The park

Stage StarJump

It was hard to say good-bye. 

Super sad Soleil

We made a quick stop in Vegas and hung out with our good friends, The Lorenzos. Soleil partied hard with the Lorenzo boys, which makes sense since it’s been birthday week for a while now. Soleil turned 3 on the 9th of October! She had a party in Vegas, and a party in Yuma with Pa and Nana, and Abuelita drove out from LA to celebrate, too. I’ll have to squeeze in another quick post with photos before catching up with us here in Mexico. 

We flew into Los Cabos today with Noni, Adam, and Tree’s cousin Robby and his wife, Molly. We’ll be here for a couple weeks before continuing on to Mendoza, Argentina to climb and drink wine for a couple months. It feels so damn good to be back in Latin America. 


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  1. Cheers to more great adventures!!

  2. So pretty

  3. longwaytogo says:

    Looks like a blast! Never rock climbed but it’s fun getting your kids into your activities. Working on getting mine skiing, so far so good.

    Just curious but how do you handle the storage of Rv while you return to south america?

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