Everyone was a bit tired this morning so Mike and I took advantage and went out skiing without the kids. Andrew joined us mid morning and then Mike went back to watch the kids and start packing up our stuff. Andrew and I did some harder runs. We headed up the Silver Queen Lift and went down Crystal, Twister and Upper and Lower International, which were all black runs. I definitely preferred the black runs that did not have a ton of moguls. Upper and Lower International were actually fantastic runs. It was so much fun skiing with Andrew. He is such a fantastic skier.
It was a sunny Sunday on the Mountain. Everyone was a bit slow to get going, but once we did, we were off into a beautiful sunny day. Andrew stayed behind with Madeline to get some rest and to let his hand recover a little more. The rest of us went up the Silver Queen lift and took some of the first turns through Paradise Bowl. Early morning is a lot better than when the lines have been all chewed up by everyone else. Bright sunshine was nice as well because it was easy to see where you wanted to go. The lines were fast and the bumps were easy. It was a nice way to start the day. Abby crushed another black today, so it was nice to see her progressing toward hitting any run on the mountain. Paradise Bowl is a wonderful cruiser that you can follow all the way down to the East River lifts. It's quite a run. At lunch, we all met back at the apartment. Madeline ate half the watermelon and then put on Abby's helmet because she didn't want to be left out. Sorry Madeline, you can't ski yet! After lunch Sara and the boys headed out, then Emma joined them for some more afternoon turns. Abby and Dad watched Harry Potter while Madeline took a nap.
It's hard to imagine a more serene feeling than carving down a mountain in the early morning sun. That's how our day started. Bright sun. Fresh snow. Empty mountain. Actually, our morning started with eggos and milk, but the snow came soon after. At the end of our condo, you drop down to a little lift that takes you through the Aspens. From there, you can grab an express lift to the top of the mountain. Sara stayed with Madeline for the morning and the rest of the kids and me took the first turns on fresh groomers and fresh powder. It was sublime. Abby even crushed her first black run with no problem. Andrew was catching good air and floating in the powder and Peter was ripping down the mountain as fast as possible. It was fun to see the kids crushing it. Unfortunately, Andrew got some huge air off a jump and landed weird and messed up his thumb. Since it was swelling quickly, I took him down into town and called the on-call Orthopedic Surgeon. He came in with his daughter, took some X-rays (no fractures!), and put a cast around Andrew's thumb and wrist. He was one of the nicest most mellow Surgeons I have ever met, and he didn't charge us as a professional courtesy. People like that are the reason I became a surgeon, and its good to see there are still great people like that out there.
After lunch, Sara went back up with the other kids and I met up with them a little later. The kids had fun skiing down the Paradise Bowl down to the Paradise Express lift while Sara tried out her new GoPro 6. With voice control and a bunch of new features the GoPro was fun to use. She even got a new handheld stick so that she could get lots of great angles. Eventually, the clouds rolled in and it was a little overcast, but the cruising was still good. Any day on the mountain beats a day in the office. Life is just better in the mountains.
Today we got up and finished the rest of our packing before heading to Crested Butte. Mike had a few patients to see up at the AFA and Urgency Center and stopped by Memorial Hospital to see our friend who was admitted to the hospital the night before. It was a busy morning for both of us. I wasn't moving very fast because I was sick with RSV that I got from Madeline who had been sick the previous week. By the time everything was all packed and ready to go we double checked our reservation and had quite a scare as the website said our reservation had been cancelled. We called the place where we were staying and were relieved that our reservation was still good. We got in the car and headed to Rudy's and had quite a fabulous lunch of brisket, chicken, potato salad, and chocolate pudding. From there it was a relatively easy drive all the way to Gunnison where we stopped at the City Market to stock up on groceries. It's a good thing we were close to Crested Butte because we were all tired and hungry. This year we found a VRBO at the San Mortiz Condominiums. The placed was pretty great with enough space for all of us. It was a little older than the place we stayed at last year but more convenient in many ways because it was a ski in-ski out. We unpacked all our gear and made a quick dinner of hot dogs and milk. After putting Madeline to bed we all watched the new Jumanji move and laughed so hard at all the funny parts.
March 13, 2018
The boys first swim meet at Palmer High School went well. Peter swam in the 500 free, 200 free relay, and the 400 free relay. Peter was a little nervous to be swimming in his first swim meet and to be swimming in the longest event. His start looked decent and his flip turns had drastically improved from the beginning of the season. He told me after the race that he was so confused with the lap counters and thought he had been disqualified. It took the boys at the end of the lane cheering him on for him to keep going. When he was on the final length of the race the lap counter is a big red square. He thought he had been disqualified again but kept swimming until the end of the race. He was pretty tired for the 200 free relay which was the very next event but he swam well in both of the relay events.
Andrew swam in the 200 IM, 200-medley relay (backstroke), and the 100 backstroke. It was new for him to swim the backstroke in the relay and as a single event but he did well enough. I loved watching him swim the 200 IM because I could see him swim all the strokes. His butterfly has really come a long way. More than anything, I loved watching the boys cheer each other on. It’s so much fun to have them on the same team.
March 20, 2018
The boys swam really well against Cheyenne Mountain and beat the pants off of this team. This was the first time they have been able to do this in the last 10 years. Now that the first meet was out of the way the boys could really get their groove on in this meet. Andrew swam in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay. Peter swam in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.
Sometimes the best way to get out of hibernation mode is to have just one warm day.
The weather was unusually warm today for this time of year and so Mike and I took advantage of it and went for a hike up Stanley Canyon. It was a great start to our training to get ready for our 10-day adventure hiking through the Swiss Alps for our 20thAnniversary. The trail started out on a dirt path until we got to the trailhead. From there the trail was a little like Barr Trail but with bigger rocky sections. It was straight up for 2.5 miles. Mike was so smart to grab both of our trekkers because it wasn’t too long before we had to put those on to scramble up and over the snowy and icy sections where the creek had frozen over. It was so much fun walking through snow, then ice, then dirt, then snow again. We kept our trekkers on most of the way up the canyon. When we got to the top at Stanley Reservoir, we were saddened to see that they had drained it. We walked around the once full reservoir to the other side and found a great place to eat our lunch. When we were ready to head back down the mountain we walked through the empty reservoir to the other side and made our way back down the trail. It was just as much fun traversing down than it was going up. My favorite section was in the middle of the canyon where we traveled through a snowy path. It was a relatively flat terrain, which made it so much fun. We made it back to our car in less than 3 hours from when we started. The total distance we hiked was 5 miles. Being in the mountains again really rejuvenated us and made us excited for more hiking down the road.