Happy 2015 to everyone!
2014 was a big year for us. We sold our restaurant, payed off our debts and started a new life on the road. We pushed the simple life a little bit further by embracing the van living for a year. We had such a great year! A lot of memories were made and that’s something we are definitely shooting for. We met awesome people and visited amazing places. We also had a few thougher episodes but those moments make you realize how lucky we are and how happy we are to be able to live the life we have chosen.
We are still in Las Vegas, the weather has been on the colder side again this week but temperature is warming up for next week. We are looking forward to do more (shirtless) climbing soon! This week was pretty “quiet”. We hiked up Turtle Head Peak sometime last week. A short hike with 600m of elevation gain with a rewarding view of Las Vegas and the desert around from the top. I (Mathieu) even acquired (but Elaine thinks I “stole” them) sunflowers seeds from the summit register box. It’s not clear who’s gift this was for but I figured I deserved it as much as anyone else… I guess I Probably should have left them here for the people who wrote comments such as “Loved the danger of this hike” or “First summit ever, hard but worth it” as it was neither the case in our opinion 🙂
Once again we cashed in on the MyVegas reward. We redeemed some points for a free hotel room and all we had to pay was $16.80 for the resort fee. The intention with this wasn’t so much to have a night at the hotel but rather to have a shower night. We told everyone about it and a total of 8 people were able to get cleaned up 🙂
I did a multi-pitch route with Conrad, his brother Corry and Cory’s friend Chris. It’s called Birdland 5.7+ trad in Pine Creek Canyon. It’s in the Red Rock canyon loop at the last pull-out. It’s a super popular route and there was 6 people ahead of us when we got there at 9:30am. It’s hard to start any earlier when the temperatures drop below freezing overnight. We decided to stick it out and wait our turn but in the end it was worth it. We were able to climb in the sun for 4 out of the 5 pitches. We were really hoping to do Epinephrine on this trip but it’s so cold in the shade that it’s probably going to have to wait for next trip. Oh and check this out. I was able to release a stuck Black Diamond Camalot #3. That’s $75+ for one of these bad boys.. I was pretty happy about that! Sounds like it’s mostly beginners that get stuff stuck. It must have been the case as the cam was in like new shape, minus the few dings I put on it by banging it with my nut tool 🙂
On that day, Elaine & Kristine went for a hike with the dogs. Somewhere around 10 km long. The word is that the dogs(mostly Bella) didn’t want to keep going at the end and was looking for shade.. kind of funny.
For new years eve we all came down to the strip for some fun and games. We had a game of Catan with Cory as a guest of honnor. Unfortunately for him I was on fire and I won the game in a heartbeat. We then set off to go walk on the strip and later watch the fireworks launched from the top of various hotels. The whole strip had been blocked off to vehicule traffic and pedestrians took it over. It was so packed that in places you could hardly make your way through. Super fun. There were DJs playing for free, people preaching the lord, drunks and a ridiculous amount of police officers. We lost the “others” towards the end of the night and hopefully they had as much fun as we did dancing with our puffy jackets. The fireworks were a bit disappointing but still had a blast.
Alright. We had a major incident happened in the van. The following paragraph may be shocking to some people so readers beware. When we aren’t camping, we usually set-up the foldable toilet at night in the van and the business ends up in a double plastic bag that we dispose of afterwards. It was meant to happen someday since some of the clips that hold the toilet together are broken. Of course it had to happen after Elaine had gone before me to do her business. I went to do mine and you know it, the seat collapsed and I landed butt first in what you would normally be flushing down. Simply disgusting!! Needless to say that it turned into a laundry day immediately.
The weather is finally getting better and hopefully we will be able to climb a bunch of stuff this week. Well Elaine is probably going to go to Quebec for a funeral but the dates aren’t set yet.
Gambling. We are doing good… I think this week we actually made money. Like $2 🙂 We won a pretzel and also a free buffet for one person. Sounds like I’ll be the one taking advantage of it unless we can score another one today.
More pictures below the budget. Cheers!Our budget for this week is now $212.19 (we’re rich!) CAD for food & fun.
Dec 25 – Dec 31 : Weekly & Totals since we left 27 weeks ago.
Fuel: $58.50 / $3744.89
Food: $94.34/ $1973.59 (includes $28 of propane)
Fun: $29.58 / $3480.46
Total for the week without fuel: $123.92
Total with fuel: $182.42
Total spent since the beginning: $9198.94
Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $6557.27
E & M