November is a time to be thankful, and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Most recently, I’m thankful for all the friends in Washington that welcomed me back after a summer in Europe. I’m thankful that I can take my time to find my next full-time job and that I can still travel until my schedule goes back to a 9-5 grind in a cubical.
In November, I took two climbing trips: one to Flash Foxy’s women’s climbing festival in Chattanooga and the second one to Moab for Thanksgiving and desert climbing.
A Southeast Road Trip
As part of the women’s climbing festival, I flew into Atlanta and started my road trip after visiting a friend in the city. Many rad women rock climbers took on the crags around Chattanooga. The ratings were stiff but the rock was dry.
After Chattanooga, I drove to my friend’s farm outside of Asheville, NC for a night to meet their heritage sheep and their pup Levi. I wish I had more time to explore Asheville and sample the delicious microbrews, but I will be back.
Next stop: Savannah to see my former Cleveland roommate. I enjoyed the southern sun and toured around the city while she worked. We caught up over seafood and local beer in the evenings. After Savannah, it was time to complete my loop back to Atlanta to catch my flight home.
A Climbing Thanksgiving
Am I starting a Thanksgiving tradition by heading to the Utah desert with friends to hike and climb and escape the PNW shoulder season? Maybe. Last year I camped in Canyonlands National Park and this year I stayed in a rental in Moab to cook a Thanksgiving feast.
I finally climbed a desert tower and at Indian Creek. I got to experience Bears Ears before the announcement by the Trump administration to cut roughly 85% of protected land.
New stories shared in November:
States I Traveled in November:
- North Carolina
My Favorite November Trip:
Southeast Road Trip: I haven’t seen some of my friends in years, and this trip was a reminder that travel isn’t only about seeing new places but connecting with friends. Friends and experiences is what I value most, and it’s ok to travel to places that may not be on the “list” to experience the local connections to a place.
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