Wednesday, August 1, 2012

That Can Happen?

Every so often something happens that is beyond what I would ever expect or even think is possible. Tuesday night had one of those incidents. Two of my coworker friends (S and J) and I went to Pictured Rocks to go rock climbing. As we were roping up to climb a little 30 foot 5.3-on-the-easy-side tower that wasn't in the guidebook, a girl in a bikini, S, walked up and started talking to us because she thought she knew J.

After a few minutes of talking and learning that she was a rock climber as well, who went to the same college as J, we convinced her to put on a harness, borrow a pair of shoes, and climb the tower, which was in fact her first trad climb. Okay, the reasons this is so strange, is that not very many women climb and most that do have only climb with significant others or only climb with other women, people don't just show up at the bottom of a climb and actually put on a harness and try it, and not very many women walk around in bikinis on a Tuesday afternoon in rural Iowa.

The point is, I have been climbing for years in many different places and a girl (a nurse actually) walking up in a bikini and then putting on a harness and shoes and going for a climb in Iowa... That can happen?

The lesson to be learned from this is to not limit possibilities. I wasn't hoping this would happen. I didn't expect this to happen. I didn't even know this was a possibility. Plus, I don't expect it to ever happen again, but it could I suppose it could. As they say, "fact is stranger than fiction."

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