Happy Anniversary!

Van at the Painted Hills

Titus at the Painted Hills

So….lets go back….like back to May…where I stopped posting.  For good reason, we’ve been raising a child.

Welcome to the Cathell Family Trango!

Welcome to the Cathell Family Trango!

This was our anniversary trip to Colorado.  It didn’t happen.  The weather in Colorado was awful.  And with such a small amount of time, we decided we would go to Smith and climb our hearts out there without the stress of driving.

Heading to the Marsupials on a hot Sunday.

Heading to the Marsupials on a hot Sunday.

Wondering how excited we were to walk back.

Wondering how excited we were to walk back?

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

We climbed on Sunday (our actual anniversary).  Due to some injuries Paps decided he would belay me on Monday while I worked on some “projects.”  While we were getting ready at the van the cutest family walked by us with the CUTEST puppy!  I pointed this pup out to Daniel and less than 30 minutes after we visited with the family we were on the phone with the breeder.  Whoops.

Back story:  I’ve wanted a dog for the last three years. Specifically a chihuahua.  Or a Pomeranian.  You know, a small lap dog that I could tote around with us while we climb.  He was less than excited and said he would agree to something “bigger” and “smarter”.  He is indeed discriminatory to small breed “rats.”  With the response, “we already have two cats”.

my dreams of a lap dpg come true

My dreams of a lap dog come true!

First day with Trango...Dad meet Trango, Trango meet Dad.

First day with Trango…Dad meet Trango, Trango meet Dad.

There was one boy and one girl left out of 8 puppies.  And since we agreed to a girl only, the choice was easy.  Many people ask where we got the name “Trango.”  I wish I could say it was because of the Trango Towers in Pakistan, but unfortunately it’s because the company Trango makes pink climbing ropes.

So what did we do with a puppy the rest of the week?  We quickly had her adapt to van life of course!  The first night was rough.  We slept as much as 2 hours at a time the entire night.  Many times less than that.  Puppy cries can really echo in a well insulated van.  In and out we went with a yelping pup who was scared, confused, and seemed to not enjoy her current situation…but we didn’t have an accident!

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Van life is tiring.

Van Life is tiring.

She’s asleep in her food bowl.

We met up with my mom who was in town and went to the Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

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Already posing for snapshots.

Already posing for snapshots.

We spent more time playing in random lawns, going to and from Petsmart, and learning the life of a puppy.  Our sleepless nights began to decrease as we took turns getting up throughout the night.

On Thursday night, my climbing buddy Moriah met us to climb outside for the first time.  The best thing was, this was Trango’s first day as a “cragdog“!

8lb sandbagger

8lb sandbagger

Welcome to outdoor climbing Moriah

Welcome to outdoor climbing Moriah

Moriah's First Multipitch experience.

Moriah’s first Multipitch experience.

Attempting to redpoint this silly climb

Attempting to redpoint this silly climb

Paps teaching Moriah some multi pitch basics

Paps teaching Moriah some multi pitch basics

Between a rock and a climbing bag.

Between a rock and a climbing bag.

Sweet furbaby on the rope bag

Sweet furbaby on the rope bag

One of my favorite shots of us getting ready at Smith..thanks Moriah!

One of my favorite shots of us getting ready at Smith…thanks Moriah!

Trango walking

Trango walking

So, Moriah did awesome and so did Trango!  What an experience this week was for all of us.  😉   We ended the trip 8 days later with a visit to the vet before we left Bend.

First vet visit, blindsided by the thermometer.

First vet visit, blindsided by the thermometer.

Thanks Moriah for meeting up with us and allowing us to bring Trango along.  She has an awesome instagram page…check her out @_windwalker_

Until next time…

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