Rock Climbing Vacation
When you go out of town, what are your favorite things to do? For me, a perfect vacation is exploring historical landmarks or museums, and finding a cozy place where I can curl up and read when the day is over. For Doctor Becerra and his wife Michelle this last week, their destination was a refurbished cabin in Yosemite. It was a week for hiking, picture taking, relaxation, and, in Doctor Becerra’s case, rock climbing!
Doctor Becerra and Michelle spent most of the time together, hiking Vernal Falls and exploring the village, but one day they each had their own mini-trip planned. Doctor did a full day of rock climbing with Yosemite Mountaineering School, and was gone from eight in the morning till five at night!
The school took Doctor to the base of a small cliff – small being a relative term, since it was still sixty feet high. Though, for this company, who takes some people up to climb Half Dome or El Capitan for five or six days, sixty feet is small! Doctor Becerra climbed up to about thirty feet, using the special shoes and carabiners that the company provided to dig his toes into the small holds and grip to the wall.
Doctor even came home with a few battle scars; his right arm, which he used to hold himself tight on the rope, caused a big bruise on the whole inside of his upper arm and shoulder. Then there were scrapes and cuts as well, but he says it was all worth it!
Even though the waterfalls weren’t as full as they usually are in these months, what with the drought California is experiencing, there was still plenty to see and do! Doctor Becerra insists that you can see the blood where he scraped himself on the rocks, but Michelle thinks otherwise. Regardless of who’s right, both of them had a great time on their vacation and are ready to be back in the office to take care of patients!